27 year old Geography and CSPE teacher Niamh O’Connell has today informed The Potato that he has began to feel slightly guilty about getting paid during her time off for doing absolutely nothing.
Niamh who is just back from a month travelling around South American, said she had a powerful insight while trekking around the historic Machu Picchu site in Peru.
She commented that:
I had a really powerful insight while I was there, which was a relief for me personally, because I felt nothing when I was here last year. It just dawned on me that getting paid for doing nothing is the wrong message to send to our youth. I want to be a positive role model for my students, but how can I inspire them to go out and change the world, when I am getting paid for sitting on my hole doing nothing?!
Niamh took this latest trip on her own, as she wanted to challenge herself and discover who she really is. And also because all her other friends have real jobs and have to work for the summer.
She went on to comment that she feels bad about getting paid while not contributing to society at all and said she felt worse because she was spending her wages in foreign economies and that isn’t helping Ireland at all.
However, she said she does plan on changing her ways and revealed that:
From now on I think I’m only going to holiday in Ireland during the summer, or at least make sure to use local Irish travel agents when I’m booking my next trip around the world. I think it’s the right thing to do you know? I think teachers can help local economies here in Ireland if we all agree to spend our summer, Autumn Christmas and Easter holidays in Ireland as much as possible.
Niamh is urging more and more teachers around the country to take trips in Ireland in the future as it could be a huge boost to those struggling businesses.