Diversity has been at the heart of the Wave Maker Programme from the outset and is one of its defining features. People from all backgrounds, ages, occupations and cultures have become Wave Makers and with over 40 nationalities and over 50 different languages represented in the group reflecting Galway’s multicultural and diverse society.
Some of the current volunteer activities include:
The Wave Makers Programme has developed a strong European dimension since its very beginning. Galway has and continues to be an active member of the European Capital of Culture Network and also actively participates in the specific network of European Capital of Culture Volunteer Programmes where previous, current and future capitals share best practice and expertise in the development of volunteer programmes.
This network also facilitates collaborative projects and volunteer exchanges between capitals and to date we have seen Wave Makers travelling to Sibiu, Matera and Plovdiv and volunteers from Aarhus, Matera and Plovdiv travelling to Galway. All throughout the pandemic, the network has remained active and engaged, promoting regular virtual exchanges among international volunteers.