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Faces Of Citywise - Some of our ESC Volunteers!

Each year we are extremely lucky to host volunteers from all over Europe as part of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programme. To kick off our 12-week blog segment, ‘Faces of Citywise’ two of our ESC volunteers tell their story.

Introducing our first volunteer, Nacho.

“What great craic there is in Citywise! I came here from Spain, just after I had finished my time in college. I found the atmosphere was really buzzing and I felt totally at home from the moment I arrived. My aims are to help the community here in Tallaght and to improve my English.” As you can see, Nacho has already picked up a lot of Irish slang!

“Looking at my experience so far, I’m really happy with how it is going, and I am grateful to each of the staff members in Citywise and, of course, to all of the children. I have to say that the people are just brilliant and the times we have already shared will remain in my memory forever – with a lot more memories still to come! My favourite time in the day has to be lunch in the cafe: really familiar, special and you always end up stuffed!”

“The programmes I have been involved with here are so amazing: STEM, Khan academy, Homework Club, and Milan, to name a few. The facilities are astonishing, and I was really flabbergasted when I saw all the different activities that are available.” Nacho has been working hard on improving his English and loves to use new words he’s learnt whenever possible. He has been a great help in providing and improving our programmes.

“I love working beside our members and leaders! I enjoy aiding in the process of allowing the young people to learn something new! Everyone in Citywise has the same aim – to provide education to the youth of west Tallaght – it's great!”

“When restrictions are lifted, I really want to go to visit and discover other cities in Ireland - I especially want to visit the Cliffs of Moher. I am also excited to be allowed to play sports with all my new friends!”