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I only got home to Wilton yesterday morning…..here I am again!. Hallo Haiti.
SO I found out last week that I’m being kept on at work for another year woooooooohoooo. Delighted. After spending the summer running across Southern Africa with a German cameraman (we’re making a video about our programmes) I came home to this news.
Delighted to get back to South Africa again. So in love with it. Mozambique is pretty awesome, and Zimbabwe is cool too. For the past few months I’ve been coordinating the development projects that are supported by Irish Aid in South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and have been in constant contact with our partners so it was great to finally meet them all in person.
After my lovely German left, I took a 14 hour bus journey (by myself WITH NO HEADPHONES) to Zambia. Some laugh. Met a woman who invited me to her house up a mountain in Hwange. Unfortunately I couldn’t as I had to meet someone that evening in Livingstone. Livingstone was a laugh…loadsa gatt and Victoria Falls - oh and the best Indian food I have ever tasted! Wowza.
Last weekend myself and James went to London for a weekend to see deadmau5, Eric Prydz and Madeon at the South West 4 Festival. It was amazing. Third time seeing deadmau5 and he was just as good if not better than the other times. We also managed to get our hands on afterparty tickets. The after party was in a venue smaller that the Savoy in Cork!!!! deadmau5 played a 3 hour hot, sweaty, buzzing DJ set. Eric Prydz came out at the end and they performed a head to head set, mixing into each other. It was unbelievable. James was in his element :)
What’s next? Watch this space ;-)
Cape Town, South Africa | March 18, 2014: Young surfers prepare to enter the water in Khayelitsha township as part of the Waves For Change NGO program. Photo by Charlie Shoemaker @charlieshoemaker #capetown #southafrica
So I spent the past few months in Belfast working an internship in communications for SERVE, an overseas development and volunteering organisation. Obviously I loved every second of it…but it’s not Cork like!!!!!! Luckily I was presented with an opportunity to become part of the full time SERVE staff in the Cork office last month. Super exciting and amazing experience for me.
I’m still involved in the communications through the newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, youthwork and Development Education, but the priority is the Irish Aid programme. Had my first meeting with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Irish Aid reps last week as they’re heading out on a monitoring visit to our partners in Mozambique. I had to try and act normal. Crayzay.
SERVE are a great organisation to work with, and are probably the only development organisation that are based in Cork so I really struck gold. This summer I will be travelling with a videographer to South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe documenting our Irish Aid Programme through videos. It’s all very exciting!
And everyone laughed at me when I chose to study International Development and Food Policy in UCC :)