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A Shamrock Appeal to celebrate and build peace

Pictured: Barbara Sanga, 22 years old, is working actively with women in her community as Head of Programmes of the local peace committee in the 5th arrondissement, Bangui.Photo Credit and permission to use from Conciliation Resources / Tamanna Kalhar. Bobby Lambert is a Comhlámh member and writes here about a new initiative to promote peace and reduce violence. St Patrick’s Day is one of the

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A Busy Few Weeks for the EU Aid Volunteer Initiative at Comhlámh

Pictured: The Civic Service Volunteers with some of the Comhlámh and La Guild Staff in Paris.  Perspectives from the newest member of Comhlámh team- Áine Lynch, on being a former EU AID volunteer to now working directly with the EU Aid Volunteer (EUAV) Initiative on supporting standards in volunteering in Humanitarian Action My first insight into the world of humanitarian work came directly after

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Volunteering for the Future

Grainne O’Neill from Comhlámh writes about the new Erasmus+ project that Comhlámh are involved in, which will last for 32 months. Comhlámh, along with 3 other volunteering organisations – Volunteering Matters (UK); INEX-SDA (Czech Republic); and finep (Germany) are delighted to share the news that we have been successful in an 32-month Erasmus + project which will bring together partners from each the 4

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Tearing up the Earth

Pictured here: People who attended Comhlámh’s “Tearing Up The Earth – Film Showing of ‘Open Pit” event earlier this month.  Maria McCloskey, a member of the Comhlámh Belfast group, writes about the recent film showing and campaign meeting that took place in Belfast. On Thursday 4th February 2016 a small group of concerned, or at least curious, individuals gathered in a room in Belfast

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Sharing life with a Nicarguan Community

Pictured here: Laura taking Bianca and Justin to “Kid’s Club” on her bike. Laura Kennedy having volunteered in South Africa, then pursued a career in primary school teaching. She writes here about her time teaching in Nicaragua Choosing to leave the comforts of friends and family, a paid job, my own home and a way of life that I loved was never a difficult decision.  I had spent

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A Good Day in the Office

Everyone here in Comhlámh was very excited and proud to read the praise of the Code of Good Practice in a Guardian article yesterday. The article discusses the concerns about the growth in voluntourism and the impact this is having on local host communities. The Guardian note, in relation to developing a set of guidelines for the industry that ‘The highest-regarded set of guidelines, though, is the

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