European Volunteers are Making the Difference for the Environment in Ireland

Published by Laurie Manetta on

September 16th, 2016

One Irish environmental NGO has been taking volunteers from Europe to help with their work here.

Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI) have hosted a number of volunteers through the European Volunteer service and this video highlights their experiences.

“They are really enthusiastic young people interested in the environment, in the issues that we addressed like climate change and they are really highly skills, so we benefit from their skills”, said Aedin McLoughlin, director of Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI) about the European Volunteer Service (EVS).

What does the program consist in ? The EVS is a part of the Erasmus + program which allows young Europeans to work for the wild in order to utilise and improve significantly their skills in organisations’ service.

GEAI is an Irish NGO focuses on Energy issues which has a lot of tasks like influencing politicians and campaigning against on-shore unconventional hydrocarbon development. This environmental organisation welcomes young European volunteers each year for helping it in achieving its targets. It is a real added value since the volunteers have the opportunity to improve their professional skills and contribute to the GEAI projects as a part of the team.

EVS helps youth unemployment by upskilling young people in various ways. The experience the volunteers receive at GEAI gives them a strong grounding in environmental issues such as community energy and other areas of environmental policy.

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Laurie Manetta

Laurie is a contributor to the Green News. She is currently undertaking a Master's Degree in Environmental Policy at Sciences PO Grenoble in France.