EIL Explore News

A dream experience in Japan 2017

Hi Guys, Tim Hannon here from Co. Clare, Ireland. I’m in Japan 3 weeks now. I’ve been having such a busy time, I have found it difficult to find time to tell you all how I’m getting on. Neither i had time thank E.I.L for making my dream come true and for choosing me as the EIL Japan Explorer 2017. So, after a long trip, flying from Dublin to Helsinki and on to Tokyo, I was met at the airport by a lovely friendly taxi driver. I was in a slightly dazed state from jet lag but buzzing with excitement, thinking about what lay ahead. To be honest, I felt

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Meet Hương, Volunteer from Vietnam, Raising Awareness on the Environment, by Tracey Keoh

Photo taken by Lan Hương on a recent trip to Quan Son Lake: Tracey Keogh and Bui Hương   I have had the privilege of meeting so many wonderful and amazing people during my time in Vietnam…  The people here are so friendly and always make time to answer any questions that we international volunteers may have. They also love to listen to our stories of home and how our cultures differ from one another. One such person is Hương, truly a gentle spirit and whose smile brightens up a room. I am blessed that we have had the opportunity to volunteer together and along the way share stories, make memories and become

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‘Your wings already exist. All you have to do is fly’

  What a crazy few weeks! Following on from my last blog post, I have been kept really busy to say the least. I think it is safe to say I have fully settled in now at this stage. Between my placements Monday-Friday, strolling through the streets markets in the evenings and filling my weekends with experiencing what Chiang Mai has to offer. I feel like I have always been part of this city. I am having so much fun working in Baan Tao Boon Rueng School. The students are the funniest people I have ever met. So far they have looked at a range of topics between basic greetings,

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Galapagos, one of the most memorable times of my life!

I have just arrived in Quito home from the Galapagos, I’ve had a phenomenal four days!! On our first day we landed in Galapagos and travelled by water taxi to Santa Cruz island. The landscape was like none I had seen before and the weather was beautiful. Our flight had been delayed, as a result we went straight to Tortuga Bay a beautiful beach where we enjoyed our first swim in the Galapagos and spotted some land iguanas.  The next day we visited the Darwin Research Station which was very interesting and we saw lots of turtles here. In the afternoon we boarded the boat we would be staying on

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Gender Equality: Reflections from Mexico City

They sit, waiting. The fluorescent light from the grubby hotel door lights up their faces. Their beady eyes alert, surveying every woman and girl who comes out of the hotel. Apparently, some are waiting to see their favourite. Others don’t have enough money to pay for sex, so they come to La Merced to be aroused by the mere sight of the women who work there. I watch from a distance as the younger girls lined up outside the hotel stand in one spot for hours. Amongst the Johns are the pimps, observing the girls and making sure they do not set foot from their soliciting spot. One woman tells

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