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Volunteering for the Future

Grainne O’Neill from Comhlámh writes about the new Erasmus+ project that Comhlámh are involved in, which will last for 32 months. Comhlámh, along with 3 other volunteering organisations – Volunteering Matters (UK); INEX-SDA (Czech Republic); and finep (Germany) are delighted to share the news that we have been successful in an 32-month Erasmus + project which will bring together partners from each the 4

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Tearing up the Earth

Pictured here: People who attended Comhlámh’s “Tearing Up The Earth – Film Showing of ‘Open Pit” event earlier this month.  Maria McCloskey, a member of the Comhlámh Belfast group, writes about the recent film showing and campaign meeting that took place in Belfast. On Thursday 4th February 2016 a small group of concerned, or at least curious, individuals gathered in a room in Belfast

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Sharing life with a Nicarguan Community

Pictured here: Laura taking Bianca and Justin to “Kid’s Club” on her bike. Laura Kennedy having volunteered in South Africa, then pursued a career in primary school teaching. She writes here about her time teaching in Nicaragua Choosing to leave the comforts of friends and family, a paid job, my own home and a way of life that I loved was never a difficult decision.  I had spent

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#Focus97 Is Back From Print.

Focus Magazine is Ireland’s leading magazine on global development issues and is produced and edited by one of our Comhlámh member groups, it reflects the range of interests and hot topics being discussed by our members. The latest edition just arrived back form the printers. Here’s a list of the range of content covered: A photographer shares her experiences of using her art form

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Where Does Volunteering Fit In The New Post-2015 Global Development Agenda?

Pictured: James and Esther Mkamori taken by Maria Isabel Rivera. As we approach the end date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the end of this year, governments have begun to gather in New York for monthly intergovernmental negotiations on the Post-2015 agenda, including new ‘Sustainable Development Goals’, which will replace the MDGs from the start of 2016 and run until the end

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Developing Ethical Guidelines For Third Levels.

The Student Outreach Group (SOG) of the Irish Forum for Global Health, with the support of DSAI and Comhlámh had its first working group meeting at Comhlámh on Saturday. We are  to develop a set of ethical guidelines for third level academic institutions in Ireland that support sending students overseas in fulfilment of their studies. If you are interested in their work, get in touch.


Mark Cumming Looks Back At The Year Just Gone And What’s Ahead For 2015.

Infographic: Click for full scale version or download here. How do you review a year? One way is to look through the ‘numbers’ and the attached info-graphic highlights some of the vibe off Comhlámh in the last year. While numbers give one insight, it’s not the full story. Mark Cumming, the head of Comhlámh looks back and talks about the year ahead. Another way would

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Making A Difference? Third-Level Students Ask The Big Questions Ahead Of International Volunteer Day.

Pictured: UCDVO volunteers working on the construction of a basketbal court in Morogoro, Tanzania in July 2010. In advance of International Volunteer Day on the 5th December 2014, UCD Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO) and partner organisations are hosting a one-day conference on international volunteering. The conference aims to create critical discussion around current practice in the area and features several keynote international speakers on youth volunteering

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Research Report Launch And Seminar With Jayne Cravens.

You are invited to attend the launch of a new research report by Comhlámh based on quantitative data emerging from an online survey issued to volunteer sending agencies (VSAs) in Ireland. This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about online volunteering, to discover how it can benefit both VSAs and volunteers and to hear Jayne speak in Ireland for the first time on

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Belfast Is Moving Along.

Inspired and invigorated by the first official meeting of the Comhlamh Northern Ireland Action Group on Saturday Helen Henderson penned a few words a bout what went down. Individuals from all walks of life and corners of the world gathered together in a space that was free from organisational or political agendas to speak out and act on issues of injustice locally and globally. Issues

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