volunteer blogs

Read about our volunteers and the work they are doing in the field.

Sorcha Galvin’s Time as a VLM Volunteer

Sorcha Galvin, from Moate, Co. Westmeath, is a student at DIT who volunteered with VLM in Alemachen, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last June.  “In this life, we cannot always do great things, but we can do small things with great love”- Mother Theresa. VLM’s moto is to “do one thing, do something.” Ethiopia has previously been […]

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Sarah Murphy’s memories of Ethiopia

Sarah Murphy took a career break from her work in the accounts and finance sector to spend six months in Ethiopia with VLM. Here are some of her memories from her time there. ‘Those first few minutes driving down Bole road are tinted brown like an old film flicking, passing underneath palm trees lining the […]

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New Year Greetings From Ethiopia

“Dear VLM Volunteers, This brings my New Year greetings to you, our VLM volunteers.   As always, each one of you have been so generous in giving your precious time and sharing your skills in our projects, as well as continuing to support us in the back ground from Ireland.  We have been blessed to have such a good people […]

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“I feel the warm heart of Africa beating strongly” by Ita Reddington

Ever since I was a child, I had a strong desire to go to Ethiopia after looking at the harrowing images of the famine. That dream became a reality when I met my relation Kathleen Conlon whom had been volunteering with the VLM for 7 years so it was highly recommended. In July 2015, I boarded the plane […]

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Well Done to our Summer 2015 Volunteers

Summer’s out and most of our volunteers are winging their way back to Ireland after spending weeks in Ethiopia. They can, however, come back proud, having made a valuable contribution to the children of Atse Primary School, adding to the progress on projects in Bulbulla and supporting the general work of the Daughters of Charity in […]

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Do One Thing: Vicki Monkhouse in Mekele

 Vicki Monkhouse, who works in community development with Dublin’s Northside Partnership and studies at All Hallows College, volunteered on the 2014 summer programme at St. Vincent’s Community Centre, Mekele. “In July 2014 I had the pleasure of working with Saint Vincent’s Community Centre and Youth Club in Mekele, Northern Ethiopia. My role was to assist […]

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Spending a Month in Africa by Sabrina Mannion

Sabrina Mannion, a recent graduate from St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra shares her experiences of volunteering on VLM’s summer programme in Bulbula. “To start off with, I would like to thank Mary Anne and the VLM organisation for making this whole experience possible. I loved every minute of it, the month flew by and I just […]

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Teaching in Bulbula: Joanna Lally tells us of her experience.

Joanna Lally, a third year B Ed student at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, shares here experience of the VLM Summer Volunteer Programme in Bulbula, rural Ethiopia. “Teaching in Bulbula has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life to date. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher as I am training […]

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Bulbula 2014: Video Diary of our Volunteers

This is a short 5min video introducing the work that the four VLM volunteers did during Summer 2014 in Bulbula, Ethiopia. The four volunteers were students of All Hallows College and St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. The video was made and produced by Fr Stephen Monaghan who accompanied the volunteers in the first days on placement. Fr […]

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Enda Nevin, Capacity Building Volunteer

“This is my fourth month as a Capacity Building Volunteer with the VLM in Addis Ababa. It has been a great learning experience on many different levels. I am not a religious person and there is a huge amount of negativity surrounding the Catholic Church in Ireland and elsewhere. It has been a very valuable […]

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