12 months in Ghana with VSO – A Roscrea teacher’s life changing decision

Roscrea teacher, Ciara Ormond will swap her life in Ireland for one year in Ghana when she departs in early September on a volunteering placement with international development organisation, VSO Ireland.


Ciara who has been a resource (special education) teacher in Coláiste Phobail Ros Cré since graduating from the H.Dip programme in Trinity College in 2004 will work as a Special Needs Officer in a district education office to ensure that children with disabilities will be properly recognised in the education system and therefore receive improved services.


The Ghanaian Government made a commitment in 2007 to provide free universal primary education by 2015 in line with the Millennium Development Goals. VSO is working with education partners in Ghana to ensure that all children, and in particular children with disabilities, have that opportunity.
Ciara over her 12 months in Talensi-Nabdam which is located in the Upper East region of Ghana which has a primarily rural population will play a leading and critical role in advocating for the rights of children with disabilities and putting in place systems and structures to ensure their inclusion in school communities.


‘This is going to be an amazing experience where I get to use the skills I developed in Ireland to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of children with disabilities in Ghana. What’s more, I know that my work will continue long after I return back to Ireland’ says Ciara.


‘That is the power of a VSO volunteer placement – working with local partners sharing my skills and experience and knowing that the impact will continue long after I go home’ adds Ciara.


VSO Ireland Director, Malcolm Quigley says ‘Whether you are just starting your career or coming to the end of it, a volunteer placement with VSO is worth it. Our volunteers make a real difference in the developing world and also learn new skills to bring home to Ireland’


Ciara is active in the local Templemore community. A member of the Lions Club and the local GAA and camogie clubs, Ciara volunteers as a youth leader with the annual Diocesan Lourdes pilgrimage.


VSO is an international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Operating in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, VSO volunteers share their skills with local counterparts to effect real and sustainable improvements for people living in poverty.  VSO recruits volunteers from the areas of health, education, business, IT, management and community development.  For more information or to register for an information event, please visit www.vso.ie.

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