This is a swing in Estonia and these people are wearing tradional clothes worn at Estonian dancing performances.
When you are packing don't forget some of these essentails...we discovered the hard way that some of these items are invaluable!
Mosquito spray – 100% Deat
Irish Night – music, toys, a talent!
Presents, books of
Goggles or masks for working
Learn some Estonian
Long & short sleeves
Over the two weeks we shared with people we met about where we are from in Ireland. Of course we argued over how some counties are better than others...
Co. Roscommon- Theresa
Co. Mayo- Deirdre
Co. Mayo - Lisa
Co. Clare -
These are all the places we are missing and representing!
Ok I know its strang to start with our last day in Estonia...but it was such a special day!
In the morning we dug out the mud around the gazebo to ensure that when it rained the mud would not slide down the hill and into the gazebo. I think I can safely say I never want to see a shovel again! The chief held a tea and cake party for us in his home with his family. We watched the video of our adventurous two weeks, we had a great laugh reliving the moments and he gave us all a copy.
We were invited to the local primary school “graduation ceremony,” where students are presented with flowers from their teachers and family to congratulate them. Some students received books, others sang in a choir, and some students had little speeches prepared. At the end of the ceremony we were called up and presented with presents, the pack included a Rongu t-shirt, to remind us of our time. The Mayor said a few words about the very special bus stop in Valguta. He encouraged everyone to visit the bus stop!
work is good, so looking forward to the rest of it. we were so tired at the start, we slept loads cause we lost a nights sleep on the plane.
no tv so we play cards and read books. the weather is hot hot hot.
Hi all, we have arrived safe and sound. Helena, our Estonian friend, collected us from the airport with her mother. We drove 2 1\2 hours to Valguta. We got a huge welcome from the local community and are staying in the community hall. The community hall has a library, hall and music room. There are two shops and the ice cream is great! We walked to and from Rõngo, a local village last night. The countryside is beautiful. We are all looking forward to getting into the work.
If anyone was listening sorry the interview interrupted Eye of the Tiger! They were very interested in the volunteering project and rural development in
How did twenty NUI Galway people come together to volunteer in Estonia?
Aoife, NUI Galway's Gaisce Society Auditor, is our fearless leader. All twenty of us are going for the Gold President's Award. The Gaisce award has four parts- community, physical, adventure and skill. For more information please see the link to the Presidents Award. Lorraine, NUI Galway's SVC, is the Presidents Award Leader for gold applicants. Hugh is the President's Award Repersentative for the region. Aoife lead a group of ten volunteers last summer to Estonia and based on their successful project, we are returning!