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“Desperately seeking stories”

Once again, here in Comhlámh we are seeking your stories. We are looking for stories, from recently returned volunteers and development workers for the Irish Aid website, for our VolOps magazine, for our blog and for our Spring Campaign, which we will be launching just before Easter. Why do we want these stories? The ancient ritual of storytelling predates writing and humans have been

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After one year as a volunteer, Stella looks back on her experience: Enthusiasm, pride and appreciation

Feelings which derive from the realization that the greatest achievements become true only through working together and in solidarity. -Stella Elmatzoglou Stella Elmatzoglou from Action Aid writes about her experience of the EUAVI over the past year and how she and her organisation have developed. Action Aid are one of Comhlámh partner organisations in the Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid in the technical assistance consortium. Enthusiasm.

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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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New Irish Aid Development Education Strategy and the Code of Good Practice

Irish Aid’s Development Education Strategy (2017- 2023) has recently been launched, and we’re delighted that it specifically acknowledges the role of volunteers and Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice.       The Strategy clearly shows the importance that the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade places on development education, and its centrality to both Irish foreign policy and our international development policy.  We very

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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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VolinHA – Civic Service Volunteer Meeting, Paris – ‘Greeting the Newbies and a fond Farewell to the oldies’

Charlotte Toner reports back from the VolinHA Civic Service Volunteer Meeting in Paris.     December 2016, what a beautiful time to be in Paris. We even have the opportunity to visit some of the city’s famous Christmas markets. However, the purpose of the visit was not about Christmas markets and touring but a very special meeting/handover between new and old Civil Service Volunteers

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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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