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Its not everyday you find out you are a Superhero for Cork #digitalcork17 Awards!

Its not everyday you find out you are a Superhero for Cork 🙂 we have just been nominated for 4 Digital Marketing Awards by the Cork Chamber of Commerce for this Years Cork Digital Marketing award! We are delighted that we have been nominated for so many awards as  the competition was huge and the fact that we made it through and are in the company of such great companies makes us feel very humbled!  A massive congratulations to all those who were nominated this year. These awards show how very talented the Cork Business scene is here and we are delighted to be a part of it this year!  Digital

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Meet Ms Nga, a University lecturer and volunteer – interview by Tracey Keogh

I have worked with Ms Nga for almost 8 weeks now and she still manages to amaze me. Even though she is the coordinator of my project, I say work with rather than for, because that is the type of lady she is. She is respected by both international and Vietnamese volunteers because she is such a lovely caring person. I remember first meeting Ms Nga on my second day in Hanoi. She was so welcoming and friendly which is now my overall impression of Vietnamese people. She has the kindest heart and wants to help wherever she can. Ms Nga not only lectures in University but she volunteers too.

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Meet Thuong, providing equal opportunity at a special needs vocational centre – by Tracey Keogh

I got to explore another part of the Vietnamese culture today, something that I thought was almost taboo. A centre for people with special needs. My reasons for thinking that having special needs here was taboo, was firmly based on other international volunteers experience in various special needs centres. I have heard some horror stories, from children being slapped on the face to beaten with a stick. I have often consoled many friends who worked in such centres. Often these centres are day care but there are residential centres too. Luckily I experienced the opposite at the centre I visited today. It is a vocational centre for people with special

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Meet David from Fudela: Interview by Orla Tubridy

David Olmedo is an intern with Fundacíon de las Americas (FUDELA). We work together closely on several of the organisations projects, particularly on a new project to provide free English classes to refugees living in Quito. He kindly agreed to answer some of my questions.   Tell me a bit about yourself My name is David Olmedo and I study International Relations and Political Science in USFQ college in my last year. I live in the capital of Ecuador, Quito, and work in Fundación de las Americas para el Desarollo (FUDELA), as part of the internship program of my college. I speak English, Spanish and German and my passion is

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Refugees from Venezuela: lessons on the morning commute

7am. Yawning, I make my way onto a busy bus to go to my Spanish class. It’s my first week in Quito, it’s early and I’m not sure yet that I’m quite awake and/or over the jet lag. Next thing, a young man, who can’t be much older than me hops onto the bus. Karaoke machine in hand, he places it down in the middle of the aisle, turns it on and starts singing his heart out to what sounds like a classic Latin American pop hit. I’m taken aback (not something we see on Bus Éireann too often) and utterly confused. I look around. I’m the only person reacting.

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