The Speech Writing Competition winners of 2019, Clodagh Boyce and Kirsten Soney – Ituen, traveled to Greece with their teachers and shared their experience with us:
Kirsten Soney – Ituen:
Upon arrival at the airport I could feel the excitement coursing through my veins, anticipating on the 4 hour flight what would be one of the most captivating experiences of my life.
The first day was fairly relaxed, we checked into our Hotel and went to dinner. The hotel we were staying in was perfectly located in the heart of the city, equipped with a wonderful view of the Parthenon.
We spent most of our second day, in the Actionaid Hellas office, where we learned about all the fantastic work they do to help those who need assistance, both on the shores of Greece and in developing countries all over the world. Each member left a trail of inspiration behind them as they spoke of their mission to assist in every way possible. Personally, the highlight of that day was visiting a restaurant which only employed former homeless people over the age of 50. The fact that those left forgotten, were actually still being considered was enough to propel me to do the same.
Our third day in this majestic city was spent sight-seeing. We went to the top of Lycabettus Hill and were blessed with a spectacular bird’s eye view of the picturesque city of Athens. We then delved head first into the captivating history of this ancient city when visiting the acropolis museum.
By the fourth and final day the 5 of us had cracked the complex code of the metro system, going as far as to call ourselves locals. We had also picked up a word or two of the intricate language (efcharistó). Without doubt we were all dragging our feet as we bade the city and the most eye opening experience of our lives farewell. Thanks to ActionAid for the work they do and for this marvelous opportunity.
Winning the action aid speech competition in Ireland was one of the best things that has ever happened as it led me to Athens, Greece!
My trip consisted of learning a lot about the different projects and initiatives set up in Greece by ActionAid, to help others in need. Listening to all the work the people in the Greek office are doing has inspired me greatly and I wish to follow these people’s example in the future.
The trip also consisted of really good food! Dinner at the Shedia restaurant would have to be my favourite part of the trip, because we had the opportunity to learn and see first hand all the great work, the preparations and then getting a taste too!
The Acropolis museum was also spectacular and we had great fun navigating the metro.