A young woman from Cahir is to spend a ten-week trip in Argentina thanks to a prestigious travel award.
Stephanie Elliott, from WHERE, was granted the full funded award to travel to Argentina by Cork-based EIL Intercultural Learning, which organises cultural and educational travel programmes worldwide.
Stephanie has long been interested in volunteering and has applied for this award several years in a row. Her persistence paid off and she was called to an interview in Dublin in April.
She finally won the award after stiff competition from other entrants, who came from all over Ireland.
The selection was based on a written application, participation in a workshop and an interview.
Stephanie will be jetting off to Argentina. After a few days of orientation in Buenos Aires she will transfer to the volunteer project that provides education support for 40 young children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. She will also get a crash course in Spanish with two weeks of lessons to help her integrate and communicate within the local community.
“Volunteering is something I am passionate about; over the last few years I have been involved in numerous programmes. I enjoy spending time helping others and giving then an extra push of encouragement to realise their potential in life,” Stephanie said. “Volunteering has given me some fantastic memories , friends and life experiences that I will truly never forget. This experience will be filled with challenges, tough decisions and heart-breaking goodbyes and I believe I can demonstrate my ability to overcome these aspects of volunteering even more so in person.”
EIL Intercultural Learning offers opportunities for Irish people to do voluntary work in Africa, Latin America and Asia. It is a not-for-profit organisation which is recognised a ‘peace messenger’ by the United Nations.