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A Good Day in the Office

Everyone here in Comhlámh was very excited and proud to read the praise of the Code of Good Practice in a Guardian article yesterday. The article discusses the concerns about the growth in voluntourism and the impact this is having on local host communities. The Guardian note, in relation to developing a set of guidelines for the industry that ‘The highest-regarded set of guidelines, though, is the

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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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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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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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We Just Met Several Start Up Volunteer Sending Agencies.

Shannette Budhai, Volunteering Quality Project Officer at Comhlámh reflects on yesterday’s meeting with several start-up volunteer sending agencies (VSAs). There was no need for introductions. The group—small but eager—organically formed and began talking amongst themselves, even before I set foot inside the room. As I made coffee and tea in our kitchenette, my attention was drawn towards the excited chatter in the room. There

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Does Short Term Unskilled Volunteering Do More Harm Than Good?

Janet Horner attended a recent debate in NUIG about ‘voluntourism’. She argued against the motion ‘This house believes that short term unskilled volunteering in developing countries does more harm than good’. She lost gracefully to a large majority vote in favour of the motion but was encouraged to see so many students eager to engage in this important issue. Here, she shares some of

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Comhlámh’s Skills in Development Education Course

This ten week evening course aims to equip participants with the skills and methodologies to work effectively with groups on global development and social justice issue in a friendly, informal group environment. ‘It provided exposure to different methodologies, practical hands-on approach, and diversity of experience’ ‘It helped me see Development Education in a broad sense and how I can be more involved’ ‘The course

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