I began volunteering in Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre in September 2013, and I can wholeheartedly say that my experience of volunteering here has been one of the most gratifying tasks I have undertaken. My role in Croí na Gaillimhe is as a tutor in the Fáilte Isteach English Conversation programme. I lead a small group of 4-5 students and we discuss anything from living in Galway, to cooking to movies. We meet on a Thursday morning for 2 hours.
My reasons for joining the volunteer programme lie mainly in my academic studies, as I am currently studying a postgraduate certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in NUI Galway, and hope to gain some teaching experience. The wealth of knowledge that both the tutor-student can gain from these inter-cultural exchanges are overwhelming. From the casual and unintimidating setting of the classes to the warm and welcoming hub of culture created within Croí na Gaillimhe, the classes are a sanctuary in which the abundance of cultures are allowed to connect. My experience with the Fáilte Isteach programme is one I will carry with me throughout my studies as an English Language Teacher, and one which I hope can be experienced by many more.
Having Volunteered at Croí Na Gaillimhe for the past three and a half years, every day is a new day. It’s a learning process and I am meeting new friendly faces each day. The energy at Croí na Gaillimhe is amazing.
Anyone that walks in and out through the doors is sure to come back for some activities, be it dinners and social club for the older people where I volunteer, or the other activities that go on in the centre.
The staff, the clients and volunteers work together as one family inside the centre and to sum up all this, all I can say is that ‘Croí na Gaillimhe is the best place to be.‘