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Monday 15 September 2014

Sinead wins spot on American trip

Olivia Ryan

Published 07/05/2014 | 05:20

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DUN Lughaidgh Leaving Cert student Sinead Dullaghan has scooped one of four highly coveted places on a two-week fully funded trip to Brattleboro, Vermont in the USA.

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DUN Lughaidgh Leaving Cert student Sinead Dullaghan has scooped one of four highly coveted places on a two-week fully funded trip to Brattleboro, Vermont in the USA.

The trip is organised by EIL, the European Intercultural Learning programme.

Sinead told The Argus that each year EIL gives four young people 'an opportunity to be part of an exciting and empowering Institute which explores major current issues of the world in today's society.'

'It challenges participants to find answers to the local and global problems that directly impact young people.'

Sinead will take part in a packed schedule full of activities such as discussions with major politicians, activists and community leaders; teambuilding challenges, leadership skills workshops, field trips, sports, campfires; creative simulations, including a 'Mock Congress,' Town Council and United Nations; and arts & cultural activities, such as drumming.

EIL Intercultural Learning is an Irish 'not for profit' organisation which provides intercultural learning opportunities through study abroad, volunteer abroad, language training, travel awards, group educational programmes, and other cultural immersion activities.

Sinéad explains how she sent off an application as well as an essay based on what she would hope to benefit from, learn and contribute to the experience. Applications were then shortlisted to an interview stage.

'I was one of twelve people who were selected for interviews until finally four winners were chosen,' said Sinead.

Sinead's essay centred on her hope to learn from the wide diversity of cultures at the camp and her desire share our own culture.

She said she 'hopes to gain a better understanding of important world issues as well as acquire skills she can use in her own community to become more actively involved.'

'I would like to come back a different, more inspired individual with the weapons needed to make a change in society, turning ideas into actions that benefit many.'

Sinead is already a member of Louth Comhairle na nÓg and hopes to become involved in more organisations when she returns in July.

The Argus

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