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I've always strived to make a difference

Elaine McClintock from Enniskillen volunteers with Bright Eyes Animal Sactuary and the International Service.

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am 25 years old and I have lived in Enniskillen all my life. I currently work as a substitute teacher in Willowbridge School in Enniskillen which I absolutely love. The pupils there either have moderate or severe learning difficulties and are very rewarding to work with. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering at the Bright Eyes Animal Sanctuary or having a wiggle at Zumba.

Q. Why did you get involved in volunteering?
I have been interested in volunteering from a young age as I have always enjoyed helping people. I recently became a volunteer with the International Service (IS) as a friend of mine brought it to my attention. I've always strived to make a difference and to help people when I can and I think this will be another fantastic opportunity to do so.

Q. What does your volunteering involve?
I will be travelling to Ghana in September 2013 for three months with the International Service. When I'm there I will be helping to protect and promote the rights of the most marginalised people. This is usually (but not limited to) women, disabled people, children and young people, and people living with HIV/Aids.

Q. Why do you enjoy it?
I enjoy volunteering as I think it is a very rewarding experience. You are able to witness any progress that takes place and feel proud that you made a contribution to it.

Q. What would you say to others who might think about volunteering?
I would highly recommend volunteering to anybody. It is a great way to spend any spare time you might have. Not only are you making a positive difference but you also get to meet new people and have a fantastic time doing it.