Opinion

“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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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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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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Bashy Quraishy talk in Trinity

About 45 people turned out to here Bashy Quraishy talk about migration, racism and Islamophobia last night.  The event was co hosted by Comhlámh and the Trinity Global Development. Bashy Quraishy is internationally known for his work, being a leading voice on inter-culturalism, migration in the context of globalization, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Bashy contributes regularly in the Danish and European media on various issues concerning

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