October

Last month of our EVS in Ireland was opened by the mid-way training in Cloughjordan an eco-village where our EVS colleagues, Havvah and Sara, are growing organic vegetables and fruits. The place was fantastic to hang around learning about eco-villages communities while meditate and evaluate about our experience in Ireland as volunteers. The training dynamics gave us guidance referring to the Youth Pass, Final Report and other transnational opportunities included in Erasmus+. Also it showed us how to asses our intervention in the organization and how to frame it in our future.

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Some of the top events of october in Donegal Youth Service were the One Donegal Conference in Buncrana and the Celebration Event in Letterkenny at the RCC. The conference held at the Inishowen Hotel brought together around 70 students, four facilitators and a couple of coordinators who worked hard to raise awareness against discrimination and to improve diversity and acceptance. Many students from different schools around Donegal participated in this day that started with leisure time with sumo wrestling and a bouncy castle. Discrimination, songs of freedom, a stone’s throw and  international sectarianism were the topics of the four workshops that took place in a participating ambient. To finish the conference a song and a poem were played by a local poet that end on a high note the work day.
The Celebration Event at the Regional Cultural Centre from 19h to 22h was meant to recognize young people, youth clubs, volunteers, and youth workers about their effort during 2014. Amongst assistants you could find members of Ballybofey, Doneyloop and Buncrana youth clubs. Some of them cheer up the evening with modern dances, tribal drumming  and acid rap. Later on certificates were delivered to those who accomplished projects run by DYS. We also got recognition for our work in Letterkenny Youth Information Centre as video and graphic designers.
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Our EVS is finishing, so we are saying goodbye to everybody we have met during this months.
Claire, one of our colleagues in Letterkenny Youth Information Centre, invited us to spend a day in her place. She show us Ramelton and surroundings, where she grow up: there we visited a waterfall, a forest, an abandoned mill and we met her father in the family place while we enjoyed having a cup of tea. At night time we went to Fanad to have Irish dinner with her boyfriend, who is working in a salmon farm and provided the main ingredient of the meal. We had mash potatoes and vegetables as well as usually in this country before going to a local pub and drinking Guinness. Next day we went to Fanad lighthouse after have had a trip around the Wild West Coast Road visiting places as Knalalla Drive and Portsalon. Was a lovely weekend in the country side where we can discover the autumn colors in Donegal County.
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The last weekend of October was a busy weekend at home. We started with a farewell party on Friday with the people we have met along our EVS: friends, colleagues, couchsurfers… We cook Irish and Spanish appetiser and we prepared sangria to say goodbye or who know, maybe see you (see yous like Irish said). On Saturday 6 EVS from around Ireland arrived in Letterkenny to stay with us taking advantage of the bank holiday weekend, so we continued the party until Monday. They visited Giant Causeway and Glenveagh National Park and we spent good moments at home.
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