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The Importance of Having a National Counterpart on VSO

Having a national counterpart is an integral part of being on a project like VSO - it encourages cultural learning, conflict resolution and adaptability in challenging environments. When I arrived in Lusaka three weeks ago, I was immediately matched to a fellow national team leader. VSO placed us together with the intention of blending our… Continue reading The Importance of Having a National Counterpart on VSO

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9 Things I have learned I am Grateful for

Living in another country has made me appreciate so many things that we take for granted black in Ireland. The difference here is astronomical, so I hope this light hearted post will help others to understand how lucky we are at home. Here are the ten things I have learned I am grateful for whilst… Continue reading 9 Things I have learned I am Grateful for

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Living in a Host Home and the Importance of Cultural Awareness

Cultural Awareness is the foundation of communication and it involves the ability of standing back from ourselves and becoming aware of our cultural values, beliefs and perceptions. Living in a Host Home is one of the most important aspects of being on a project like VSO. We have not come to Zambia to live in… Continue reading Living in a Host Home and the Importance of Cultural Awareness

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VSO Pre-Placement Training Day

"Fighting poverty through volunteering" For the last four days, I've been shacked up in a hotel in the middle of nowhere with some of the most inspiring people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. If you're a regular follower of my blog, you'll have seen previously that I was selected to lead a team… Continue reading VSO Pre-Placement Training Day