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Eisteddfod 2014

Here follows a blog by our french intern, Laure. Laure is currently splitting her time between Fair Trade Wales and Fair Do’s and we are really enjoying working with her.

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru – August 8th 2014

The National Eisteddfod is a festival organised during the first week of August to promote and celebrate the Welsh culture. It takes place in different villages across Wales each year. This year, it took place in Llanelli from August 1 to 9.

The festival welcomed different Welsh organisations to allow them to meet people and become better known to the general public. Some of them did some demonstrations of their activities and others, like Fair Do’s, sold a few products as a sample of what is usually sold in the shop.

During the week, Fair Do’s shared a stall with Fair Trade Wales. I helped both organisations. For Fair Do’s, I worked with one of the volunteers who usually works in the shop. For Fair Trade Wales, I helped to open the stall and to prepare the coffee and tea testing and to make little pendants to hang above the stall.

Sharing the stand between the two organisations was very friendly. Everyone was happy to help each other and I really enjoyed it. Everybody was happy to meet new people, to work as a team, to share his/her experience of fairtrade and we all had fun during the whole day.

As for me, I really enjoyed this day as I discovered a lot of things. I could hear more about the Welsh culture, I could meet new people and develop my skills of managing a stand during a fair and working in an informal atmosphere. All in all, it was a very lovely day.