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How Do We Tackle The Problems of Orphanage Tourism?

Shannette Budhai, Volunteering Quality Project Officer at Comhlámh recently returned from a trip in London organised by Save the Children. It was an honour and a privilege to be invited as a panellist and also as a participant to the ‘Better Volunteering, Better Care’ workshop. The workshop itself aimed to tackle the growing problem of ‘orphanage volunteering’. There have been a series of media

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Child Safeguarding—What does it mean to you?

Shannette Budhai and Róisín Boyle from Comhlámh recently attended a four-day course in International Child Safeguarding. Shannette reflects on the training. Last week, over the course of four days, 13 people had the opportunity to attend a certified four-day course in international child safeguarding. The training was expertly delivered by Alex Dressler from Keeping Children Safe. This was a useful and practical training that

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We Just Met Several Start Up Volunteer Sending Agencies.

Shannette Budhai, Volunteering Quality Project Officer at Comhlámh reflects on yesterday’s meeting with several start-up volunteer sending agencies (VSAs). There was no need for introductions. The group—small but eager—organically formed and began talking amongst themselves, even before I set foot inside the room. As I made coffee and tea in our kitchenette, my attention was drawn towards the excited chatter in the room. There

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Reflections from Riga

Photos: Attendees from across Europe engaging in conversation on Global Education Shannette, Volunteer Quality Project Officer at Comhlámh shares her thoughts on a recent trip to Riga, Latvia. I really value the opportunity I had to attend the “Young Europeans for Global Development Conference” in Riga, Latvia where approximately thirty young people spoke about “Best practices in mainstreaming global education into nonformal learning”. The

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Visually Impaired Volunteers in Development

You are welcome to participate in the Visually Impaired Volunteers in Development (VIVID) seminar organised by Children in Crossfire and RNIB. The seminar will share the findings and host a discussion about including visually impaired volunteers in volunteering programmes. Children in Crossfire recently delivered a pilot project and documented their learning on engaging people with visual impairments in overseas volunteering opportunities in a detailed report.

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