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Julie Thornhill

My name is Julie Thornhill. I am a student at Dublin Institute of Technology. I am currently studying Early Childhood Education. Thanks to Wells for Zoë I was very lucky to have the opportunity to come to Malawi this April and learn so much about the people and the country.


During my stay, so far I have seen and worked at various pre-schools. I have also visited and spent time in classrooms for children with special needs in St. John of Gods. I met some patients and parents at Mzuzu General Hospital. All of these visits are relevant to Early Childhood Education because I’ve been able to compare different education systems which will help me to become a more competent practitioner.


I have been observing services to identify areas which may be improved on by a group of Social Care students due to come in January.


Prior to this trip I had been looking forward to working in Áras Kate, the pre-school Wells for Zoë have put so much work into, however due to difficulties this was not possible.


Overall I have been thoroughly impressed by the work of John and Mary Coyne. Their commitment and devotion to the NGO has been vital in improving the lives of so many Malawian people. My time here has inspired me to continue working with this great group of people. I look forward to exploring future possibilities on how to make Wells for Zoë even more exceptional than it is today.

Visited Malawi

Easter 2011