Jenny Byrne is a 22 year old student. She is currently doing her 4th year of a Bachelor’s of Science in International Development and Food Policy in University College Cork.
I originally got involved with Trocaire over 2 years ago, as I was looking for volunteering opportunities to get involved in my community outside of my college work.
I chose to volunteer with Trocaire because of their strong reputation in Ireland, and the quality of their work overseas. Over the past few years I have been involved in Lenten campaigns, especially in schools and mass talks, as well as recruitment of new volunteers, and awareness-raising at various high-profile events.
Being a Trocaire volunteer has given me so many opportunities, and allowed me to meet some wonderful people. I have learned so much about global development, not only through trainings, but also through constant exposure to Trocaire’s life changing work in other parts of the world, that I may otherwise have been blind to.
Working with such experienced and passionate people as the Trocaire staff has altered my world view, and allowed me to become a more effective activist, with a broadened world view.
This is what I enjoy the most about being a Trocaire volunteer, being in constant contact with inspiring people doing incredible work all over the world, and feeling part of a broader cause: working to improve the lives of others.