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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Learning for the long term

How short term volunteering convinced me that I want to work in development long term. From our first issue of Volunteering Options, Joanne Mulligan writes about her experiences volunteering in Uganda: Soon after beginning an internship with VMM International in April of this year, a short term volunteering opportunity arose and I jumped at the chance as I have been eager to experience development

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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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