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Training for Facilitators.

What do you get when you cross a ball of string, 11 passionate people working with volunteers and a few post its? The Comhlámh Coming Home training of facilitators. Grainne O’Neill has this report from last week’s workshop. This week the 2-day training of facilitators for Coming Home training took place in the Comhlámh offices. Representatives from a range of volunteer sending agencies brought

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VSO Volunteer Jim Ferguson Chats About His Post-Retirement Work In Ethiopia.

  Originally from Dun Laoghaire in County Dublin, Jim Ferguson has been in Ethiopia for eight months where he works as an advisor to the Ministry of Education. VSO is an international development charity that works through volunteers. Their volunteers work with local organisations that serve poor people. This is Jim’s second stint with VSO, when he left university he put in two enjoyable years

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Did You Miss Tell It On A Tuesday? Here’s A Report.

Kevin Murphy from Nuture Africa reports back from our Tell It On A Tuesday event last week. What a wholly positive and energising evening it was! Tuesday 22nd July was the date of the first in a series of several public events, where returned overseas volunteers; both long and short-term, were invited to share their own unique and inspiring stories of their volunteering experience.

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We’ve Reorganised The Reference Library In The Marius Schoon Members’ Room.

Fulya Ozkul, who has experience in large books shops in Canada and Belgium, guided the re-organisation of our library. Work began in April 2014 in the new Marius Schoon Members Room to organise and begin to archive almost thirty nine years of Comhlamh’s many resources and publications in advance of the May 1st Open House night. Siobhan O’Brien Green reports on the progress to date.

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Our Volunteer Charter has been updated!

Roisin Boyle, Comhlámh’s Education and Training Officer introduces our new Volunteer Charter; The Volunteer Charter has recently been revised, updated and uploaded to the Comhlámh website. Comhlámh is very grateful to members of the Options and Issues Group for their instrumental role in directing changes to the Volunteer Charter with valuable insights, comments and inputs. The major objectives to the changes included simplifying the seven

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From Research to Practice: Challenges for Development Studies

On the 10th June Comhlámh’s Research and Policy Officer Siobán O’Brien Green attended “From Research to Practice: Challenges for Development Studies” a research workshop in Trinity college Dublin. The workshop was organised by Development Studies in Ireland (DSAI) and Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI).  Many of the workshop participants were completing their PhDs on development related topics and had done, or were undertaking, field

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Reflections on Comhlámh’s Skills in DevEd course

Ana Elisa Bezerra, a participant in Comhlámh’s Skills in Development Education Course, talks about her experiences throughout the 10 week course. Arriving at the end of the “Skills in DevEd” 10 week course was not something I looked forward to, considering how enjoyable and fulfilling the experience was proving to be. Considering we only met for three hours weekly, it is incredible to think

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We’ve Just Updated Our Coming Home Book!

Now in its 8th edition, Comhlámh’s updated Coming Home Book will shortly be available to help guide people through the highs and lows of returning from an overseas placement. We have been listening to the experiences of returning volunteers and development workers since 1975, and the ideas outlined in this book reflect their collective wisdom. Our members are often returning from an experience that

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