The project is part of the President’s Award which encourages young people between the ages of 15 and 25 years to set themselves a challenge. Training and support for the Estonia trip is being provided by NUI Galway’s volunteering programme ALIVE. As part of the preparation and support structure, sessions are underway on teambuilding, communication and health & safety.
Lorraine Tansey, Volunteer Co-ordinator for NUI Galway’s ALIVE programme, who is also volunteering for the Estonia project, commented, “ALIVE is all about creating an ethos of volunteering in local communities at home and abroad. Increasing numbers of students are using their summer holidays to volunteer. The trip to Estonia is just one of many examples”.
She continued, “We are prepared for some hard physical labour. The accommodation will involve bunking down in the community hall in our sleeping bags. Nonetheless, there is huge excitement and anticipation among the Irish team. We know along with the hard work will come the opportunity to get to know the local community in Estonia. We will also have a huge sense of satisfaction at the end of the two weeks.”
NUI Galway students interested in volunteering in Ireland or abroad can contact the ALIVE programme at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the President’s award, visit www.p-award.net.