Volunteering

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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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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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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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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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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