International Volunteering

Our “EV4U” project has kicked off!

Since the beginning of January, Comhlámh has been working with partners across the EU and in Myanmar, Peru and Togo as part of the ‘European Volunteering for You’ (EV4U) project. Supported by the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative and led by La Guilde du Raid, the project will run until December 2018.  The project represents an exciting opportunity to focus on improving sending and hosting

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Are we Creole enough? Discussing about multicultural collaboration..

One of the undoubted richness of the VolinHA-HO consortium is the knowledge that each partner has in sending and hosting international volunteers. Creating positive working placements for international volunteers is, indeed, an asset to facilitate the collaboration on the field and to guarantee the ownership of the results in Cooperation development as well as in Humanitarian Aid projects focusing on preparedness, response and in

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First Network meeting of the EUAVI takes place in Brussels.

  The first EU Aid Volunteers Network meeting and workshop was held in Brussels between Feb 13th and 14th.  Organised by DG ECHO, in conjunction with the EACEA, the event brought together organisations from around the world to discuss what has happened since the programme began and to look at possible developments for the future.  There were over 100 participants, and the event was

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New awards to six VSA’s – Congratulations

Congratulations to our Code of Good Practice signatories.     It is with great pleasure that Comhlamh announces that Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) and Give Ireland have been awarded Core Indicator status. Tearfund Ireland, Hope Foundation, VMM (Volunteer Mission Movement) and Viatores Christi have been awarded Comprehensive Standard.   How does the awarding system work? Once a year an independent

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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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Authentic and inclusive leadership

Authentic and inclusive leadership was explored by Eolas Soileir and their EU partners in Comhlámh in September – you can read more here from the coordinator of the project, Deirdre Quinlan.   In 2015 four European partners – ALP (Austria), Eolas Soileir (Ireland), University of Malta and Kameleonte (Italy) came together to explore, discuss and develop a concept and training for ‘Authentic and Inclusive

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Student Guidelines for Ethical Fieldwork Overseas

Comhlámh is delighted to be acknowledged for our support for the development of the Student Guidelines for Ethical Fieldwork Overseas. Well done to all those involved in the Irish Forum for Global Health and the Development Studies Association in this.   The guidelines is a practical reference tool developed for students, by students, to guide the ethical conduct of overseas fieldwork. Informed by a

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International Volunteers Day 2016

 #GlobalApplause – Thoughts on the context of International Volunteer Day from Comhlámh’s head, Mark Cumming.     In 2015, just under 2,000 people from Ireland volunteered in 50 countries across 6 continents. The roles covered a range of areas, including medical and health professionals, teachers, engineers, youth workers, trades people, journalists, accountants and legal professionals.These volunteers went with one of the 43 Irish volunteer

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My Erasmus+ experience in Czech Republic

Deirdre Gavin writes about her time volunteering in the Czech Republic. On the 29th of September last I trekked through a forest near a tiny town called Chotěboř in the Czech Republic to embark on what was to be an intense, inspiring and fun-filled week. The training course was for return volunteers from the Global South to dissect and explore our experiences in an

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My time in Tanzania: Siofra Herr

Siofra Herr writes about her experiences of Volunteering with UCDVO and taking part in the Comhlámh ‘What Next’ course. On the 17th of June this year,   myself and eighteen other volunteers embarked on a four week volunteering project teaching computers and English in Morogoro Tanzania. The volunteering programme was run by UCDVO in partnership with TanzEd and Camara Education, and we, the volunteers,

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