Inside Comhlámh

Journeys of Sustainability

“If education is the thing you have left, after you have forgotten what the lessons were about, then many of my memories from this project will not recall the discussions in workshops, or the many presentations I saw.” Comhlámh’s Information and Support Officer, Ruth Powell, recently attended the final event of a project entitled “Journeys of Sustainability” in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  The

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Two Fried Chickens and Dry White Toast

Philip Mudge writes his final blog post for Comhlámh on international volunteering, orphanages…and the Blues Brothers?? It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses… but that don’t make orphanages a good place to raise children.     Those of you familiar with my previous blogs on international volunteering for

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Comhlámh statement on Bank of Ireland’s treatment of the I.P.S.C.

Comhlámh condemns Bank of Ireland attack on civil society organisations.   Comhlámh condemns in the strongest terms the actions of Bank of Ireland in shutting down the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) account and calls on Bank of Ireland to immediately reinstate the account. It remains a mystery as to precisely why Bank of Ireland has decided to shut the IPSC bank even after

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Oct First Weds. What direction for international volunteering?

Following on from the Volunteering Fair, join us for an evening debate on the nature, role and place of international volunteering for development.   The issues around volunteering are complex. Indeed what we mean by the term “volunteering” depends on political philosophy and our underpinning ideas of change. Thus volunteering is used to describe a range of activities, from supporting public authorities to deliver

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Tanks and aircraft and soldiers, oh my!

When Comhlámh’s Mark Malone and Ruth Powell found themselves surrounded by tanks and aircraft and soldiers, at the Roger Casement Memorial Day, on 03 August this year, their first thought was to wonder why!   At first glance it didn’t seem as if an aerodrome in the middle of Baldonnel, would be the natural habitat for Comhlámh staff, but the day, to mark the

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Comhlámh thanks to Austin!!

Austin Hall a student from the University of Virginia has been on an internship placement with Comhlámh this summer organized through EUSA (www.eusainternships.org ). Some of you may have met him at Comhlámh events and activities. Austin’s placement followed requests from North American volunteer sending organisations for a self audit tool based on the CoGP, customised for use in the USA and Canada.  Although

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Comhlámh visits European Parliament Volunteering Interest Group

Comhlámh’s Philip Mudge writes about his first post-Brexit trip to Brussel.  Our self-described Mr Potato-Head attended the European Parliament Volunteering Interest Group meeting hosted by Irish independent MEP Marian Harkin.   Here’s what he reports back.. Queuing up at border control in Dublin airport for the first time since the Brexit vote, I clutched my UK passport tightly and wondered how much longer I’d be welcome

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Bangladesh and EU Aid Volunteers

“Our trip would involve meeting national and local counterparts to understand volunteering dynamics in the country”   Aine Lynch, Comhlámh. Our trip would involve meeting national and local counterparts to understand volunteering dynamics in the country, visit ongoing Action Aid projects see existing efforts that are being carried out in terms of emergency response the conditions and suitability for possibly hosting EU Aid volunteers

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Challenging Contradictions, Facing up to a Shared Future

“A stronger role for Seanad Éireann in a changing world”   Long-time Comhlámh member and former staff, Alice Mary Higgins is running for the Seanad – here she is talking about her perspectives on a shared future.   In 2015 Ireland played a leading role in securing global agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   More than a set of aspirations, the SDGs set

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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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