September brought changes at GEAI. The 3 volunteers who had been working with us for the past year, Irina, Santi and Olga, finished their time. So, we said good bye to them and welcomed their successors!

Two of the three volunteers arrived on Friday 4th September and went straight to work helping at a local community event. It was exciting to get to know the young locals attending the Junior Disco!

For this next year GEAI will host Alice Dumitrache, from Romania and Cédric Stanghellini, from France, two students undertaking voluntary work under the European Voluntary Service (EVS) scheme which is supported by the European ERASMUS+ program and administered in Ireland by Leargas.

Alice, 26 years old, studied geography, says of herself: “I come from Bucharest. I have already studied overseas but I have never been in Ireland. I’m so exciting with this new experience”.

Cédric is 24 years old, and he is a law student from Lyon in France. He says: “This is my first trip to another country. Everything is new for me and I already like the warmth of the Irish people”.

Both individuals are sensitive to environmental issues, which will perfectly fit with the project goal of GEAI.

 Olga share her EVS experience with Alice and Cédric

Olga shares her EVS experience with Alice and Cédric!

On Saturday Alice and Cédric were introduced to Irish cuisine. Aedin prepared typical Irish recipes for the arrival dinner. Fish with cheddar sauce, carrots, broccoli and, of course, mashed potatoes. Nothing was missing on the table, and this was just the start!

GEAI are expecting a third volunteer, Irakli, from Georgia, who will arrive at the end of the month.

GEAI is delighted to welcome all our volunteers!