Desmond College Teachers and Students Volunteer in Kolkata

On the 13th of April, a group of five students and two teachers from Desmond College (Roz Barrett, Daragh Collins, Thomas Curtin, Alice Duffy, Hannah McMahon, Ms. Nicolas and Ms. Ryan), left for Calcutta as part of the HOPE TY Immersion Project.

All through the winter and spring, this group fund-raised tirelessly with events that ranged from pub quizzes to selling chocolate, from make up masterclasses to coffee mornings etc. with the support of both the school and wider community, they raised over €17,000 for this worthwhile cause.

They also carried with them, many gifts for the children collected by students of Desmond College.

They spent a week in Calcutta, visiting orphanages, creches, schools, protection homes and even the dump. This experience has opened their eyes to a whole other world and is something that they will hold with them for the rest of their lives.

“It was heartbreaking to see the way people live and the hardships they endure on a daily basis. It was also humbling to see how happy they were with the little that they have.”

These students and teachers must be commended for their outstanding volunteer work, everybody in Desmond College and its community are so proud of you all.


April 2017: Darragh Collins volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Darragh Collins volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Alice Duffy volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Alice Duffy volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Our Transition Year Students Darragh Collins, Alice Duffy, Hannah McMahon, Roz Barrett and Thomas Curtin volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Our Transition Year Students Darragh Collins, Alice Duffy, Hannah McMahon, Roz Barrett and Thomas Curtin volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Thomas Curtin and Darragh Collins volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Thomas Curtin and Darragh Collins volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Ms Aisling Ryan volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Ms Aisling Ryan volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Ms Joan Nicholas volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Ms Joan Nicholas volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Roz Barrett volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Roz Barrett volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Thomas Curtin volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Thomas Curtin volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.


April 2017: Hannah McMahon volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata
Hannah McMahon volunteering with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.