St Louis girl wins life changing trip to Vermont to attend summer camp



A 17-year-old Sinead Dullaghan from Dundalk has won an EIL Travel Award to a Youth Empowerment Summer Camp in Vermont in the US.

Sinead is a 6th year student at St. Louis Secondary School in Dundalk and is an avid member of Louth Comhairle na nÓg.

Sinead recently won the EIL Travel Award to attend a prestigious Youth Empowerment Summer Camp in Vermont after applying this year.

Sinead said, “I am absolutely over the moon! The Governor’s Institute in Vermont seems so exciting and I think I am going to learn so much from my time there.

“It will be great to meet so many other young people from different backgrounds too!”

Along with four other lucky students from Ireland, Sinea d will stay at the Governor’s Institute in Vermont for the two week Summer camp.

The institute challenges participants to find solutions to the local and global problems that directly impact young people.

Activities include; discussions with key politicians, activists and community leaders; teambuilding challenges, leadership skills workshops, field trips, sports, campfires; creative simulations, including a Mock Congress, Town Council and United Nations; and arts and cultural activities.

Established in 1994, the EIL Travel Awards give people the chance to apply for fully or partially funded learning trips abroad.

The Vermont Governor’s Institute is organized by EIL in the USA and each year, the Institute brings together 60 – 70 dynamic young leaders and challenges them to ask and find answers to difficult questions, by exploring different sides of issues and political perspectives.

The experience at the Institute inspires young leaders to be come politically active in their communities, make informed choices as young citizens and develop the skills needed to turn ideas into action.

“It’s great to see the change in people from when they go away to when they come back. Meeting them again, hearing their stories, feeling their excitement, and listening to how they’re going to apply what they’ve learned in their future endeavours is very satisfying for everyone at EIL.” said Kevin Hickey, Director of EIL Intercultural Learning.

EIL is a not-for-profit organisation that is recognised as a “Peace Messenger” by the United Nations.

The Cork-based organisation celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year and is marking this with a number of celebratory programmes and activities.

The mission of the organisation is to provide intercultural learning experiences which enrich lives, promote understanding of other cultures and challenge individuals to be more globally aware and responsible.

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