This summer Good Energies Alliance Ireland sent six young people to Xylokastro, Greece to take care of the local woodland and prevent forest fires as part of the new European Solidarity Corps programme. They worked for the local municipality together with young people from Denmark, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Turkey, Poland and France.
The first group of volunteers is only back from their month of volunteering and they shared their impressions with us.
Louis Moreau, 21, Drumsna
“My trip to Greece was a great learning experience. I enjoyed myself thoroughly while facing a number of challenges in an unfamiliar country. The people I engaged with were friendly and welcoming, and the experience as a whole has definitely helped me to grow as a person”.
Christian Wynne, 19, Drumshanbo
“The work we done in Greece involved planting trees, painting a school fence and collecting rubbish around Xylokastro. What surprised me most about Greece was the people and how friendly they were, even though most didn’t speak fluent English they still made you feel very comfortable and at home. The project overall made me a better and more confident person. Although there were slight challenges with language and different opinions, I learned to overcome them and communicate together to discuss it. I have no regrets going to Greece, and would recommend it to anyone. It’s been a memorable experience and I won’t forget it”.
Shane Cronogue, 25, Carrick-on-Shannon
“The work I did in Xylokastro was very rewarding and it was great to work as a team helping to paint the local school.
It was great to learn about other people’s culture.The project was sometimes challenging and other times fun, but it was great to see everyone motivated and helped each other to finish work. I feel I have grown as a person and have made new friends and created special memories during my stay in Xylokastro”.