For Halloween, we took a short trip to Derry. The city is renowned for it’s parade & activities – all organised for Halloween. Sadly, we missed the parade, but we got to enjoy an amazing fireworks show & the spooky vibe of the city on the night
During our first half of the EVS, we were lucky to get the opportunity to explore Donegal County with friends, family and colleagues. Here are some of the beautiful places we’ve been.
Fanad Head Lighthouse
Ards Forest Park
Downings Trip with Kasia ♥
One of the last events of Donegal Youth Council was the Showcase Celebration Event – an event we worked on during the summer. It took place in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on September 15th and was attended by proud parents and guardians, project workers and funders. It was opened officially by Donegal Cathaoirleach Seamus O’Domhnaill.
The Showcase covered all of the work the Donegal Youth Councillors did over their term. It was an emotional night, Youth Councillors each took turns to share their favourite memories and what the experience on the Youth Council meant to them.
Read more about the event, here.
As part of my activity in Donegal Youth Council, I got to travel all across Donegal with Carlyn, my project coordinator. Monthly, in Donegal Town, Inishowen, Letterkenny, Dungloe & Ballybofey, we met with the young councillors to discuss matters of importance to them. Here are a few snaps from the road ♥
In the beginning of October, my family came visit. We had a lovely time exploring Dublin & Letterkenny for a week. Happy days! The weather was on our side – sunny all the trip ♥
Hello everyone, Maria G talking. We have been a bit busy these days, so many things happening! First of all, I want to mention the EVS initial training, which took place in July (I know it’s long ago). We spent 4 days in Dublin and we met other volunteers from all around Ireland, it was class! We were able to share our experiences and it also helped us to set some goals for this year and to be a bit more conscious of where we are and why.
Last week we went to the Time To Move event in Sligo with Kasia. We had to do a presentation in front of everyone about the benefits of being an EVS and our personal point of view. We were so nervous (specially me) but we were great. I’m so proud of us!
Many things have been going on in YIC as well. We have been promoting our work at the Motley Crow and also in LYIT.
That’s all folks! I’ll post again soon. I’ll just add a picture I took on my way back home, sunset time!
PS: I love walking through fallen leaves, it feels like walking the red carpet.
Hi! This is Marta continuing the last post.
It’s time to talk about The Party In The Park. So long story short: it was a day of good craic but also hard work, and by the way totally worth it. We are running late so Maria C and I take a taxi to the Park, arriving at 9.45h. Maria G is taking the long way and we agree to meet there (can’t remember why). This looks like a classic story tale, but no wolves involved, besides the difficult weather. The previous weeks have led us to this event and it’s an “all hands on deck” kind of situation (that’s an expression I learned that day). Plenty of fences, tables and tents to put together for volunteers and staff (Would it qualify as team building?).
So everything worked well: makeup, braids, games, dancing, with some moments of rain though. But considering that the attendance wasn’t bad and we also had a fantastic time. I took some pictures and helped at some stands. Highlights of the day were the music performances (DJ, many local bands from different backgrounds and even some new ones). At 18h, it was time to finish and the gear needed to be returned. After some more labour work we were tired and Carlyn gave us a lift to the house. Here there are some pictures of that day.
This is Marta writing. What’s the craic? Since it’s my first post on the blog I feel like I should cover so many topics, but I’ll try not to do it all at once, so no worries and thanks for the patience (I keep in mind talking a little about myself in the next posts).
A lot’s been going on in DYS since the 1st of June, when we arrived to Letterkenny: staff team-building trip, LGBTI+ pride in Dublin, EVS on-arrival training, summer camps, the Party in the park… but you already know about some of these events by Maria G and Maria C words so I’m focusing on some new ones: SuMMeRcAmPs!
Painting the murals (AMP summercamp)
We had many Summercamps, which went on for almost every week. As a volunteer in the LOFT I was involved in some of them. The first was the Multi-activity camp, in which we kept busy cycling by the Glenveagh Castle or with a trip to Waterworld. After that there was Ready Steady Cook, you can imagine what is that about. There was a camp for girls too (Real U) and the day I was in, amazing topics were discussed, such as self-confidence, gender and healthy relationships! Also I collaborated preparing the Art and Music Project summercamp. This was focused on getting ready for the Party in the Park. The young people recorded a promo video using a green screen, also there was “painting inspired by music” supervised by Katie Harley, the wonderful artist that encouraged everyone to use their creativity to paint the murals. And last but not least the RockSchool camp, which led some folk to sing for the first time in public the next week at Party in the Park.
Mural made through collaboration and the results speak for themselves.
Hello everyone! The girls and I have already been in some beautiful places in Ireland, like Portsalon. We also spent a day in Derry, North of Ireland. What a day! We thought we were missing the bus but we finally didn’t. It was rainy all the way through but it suddenly stopped when we arrived in the city. There is a big wall and Saint Columb’s cathedral which are worth visiting. Here are some of the pictures we took these two days:
Hello there! It’s Maria G writing. I am going to introduce myself a little bit, just like Maria C did in a previous post. I finished my degree in Audiovisual Communication almost two years ago. Last year I started an online master’s degree in Humanities (Contemporary Art, Literature and Culture). Some of my hobbies are painting, photography and TV shows (last but not least). The girls and I are addicted to The Handmaid’s Tale and La Casa de Papel (translated as Money Heist). I am also watching Outlander right now and it’s funny because I understand some words like “wee” thanks to Donegal’s accent.
Regarding my EVS experience, I contacted my sending organization (MUNDUS) in April and I arrived in Ireland the 1st of June, so my recruitment process was quite short. In fact, I did my interview with Kasia (my supervisor at YIC) the 1st of May. When she told me that I was accepted I only had one month to get ready. Three months after arriving here, I reckon I don’t regret the decision I made at all.
I have participated in many interesting activities delivered by YIC such as the Summer Media Group in July. Tara, Patrick and I worked hard on this 4-days filming workshop. The Party in The Park (24th august) was the big event before my annual leave. I went back home (Mallorca) for two weeks to enjoy the beach before the Irish Autumn. Which is certainly coming. Spiders are all over our place but we’re starting to get good at making them leave. At least we don’t scream anymore!
PS: Here are some pictures I’d like to post.
We had a lot of fun at the Party in the Park despite the rain!
I sent this picture to Kasia while she was in the office (why am I so mean).
Yesterday I took this picture on my way back home. The cows are gone and now we have sheeps instead. I personally think they are more friendly.