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The Story Of A Learning Journal

r Clare Mullaniff writes about the launch of our new learning journal for volunteers which took place last week. In February 2013 the journey began. Comhlamh’s volunteer and developmental education committee, along with the original creative workings of Ursel Biester, had an idea that would go on to change the face of volunteer reflection and self-development in Ireland.   An idea to fabricate a journal

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Interested in working for a humanitarian organisation? Liz Harris shares some tips.

Image: February 2014. Mbara (right), hugs her four-year-old son, after he had been lost for two days in Bangui, Central African Republic © ICRC / Annibale Greco Liz Harris works for the International Committee of the Red Cross as a recruitment consultant, specialising in languages. She’ll be representing the ICRC at the GradChances Language Fair on 4th March and tells Comhlámh why the organisation wants to

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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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Laura Kennedy reflects on Comhlámh’s Debriefing Weekend.

Returned overseas volunteer, Laura Kennedy, shares her experience of Comhlámh’s ‘Coming Home’ weekend – the talking, laughing, strategising and dreaming. I’ve tried to put into words the experience of leaving Nicaragua on many occasions since returning home, but I could never find the right words to describe my time living in the developing world. I have had the really good fortune since coming home to get involved

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Online Volunteering: A Comhlámh Discussion Paper Launch

Comhlámh today launched it’s latest discussion paper as part of International Volunteer Day (IVD) along with along with a short video focusing on the key elements of online volunteering. Online volunteering, also called virtual volunteering, refers to volunteer activities using any online device ranging from a desktop, to tablet or smartphone  in order to undertake or deliver tasks or projects. The main feature of

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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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Why Do Short Term Volunteers Need Debriefing?

  Marie Therese Fanning reflects on debriefing. A friend of mine often asks quite cynically, why short-term volunteers need debriefing. I love that question as it gives me an opportunity to explain that it is often not the duration of the placement overseas that matters but the intensity or impact of the placement on the individual volunteer. In addition, because we cannot gauge this reaction

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#VolOps Newsletter Targeting Health Professionals.

Pictured: Medical students Benedict Lunguya and N Bibie talk to VSO volunteer Michael O’Donovan (physician, internal medicine) at the Ifakara Health Project in Tanzania. Photo: Tim Maynard, VSO. Dr Niall Comhlámh has produced a special newsletter targeting health sector professionals under the auspices of our #VolOps Project. Beth Connelly, a VSO midwife trainer at Holy Mission Hospital in Malawi shares her experiences of volunteering

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A Day Devoted To Debriefing.

Pictured: Gemma Baker, Shane O’Connor, Grainne O’Neill and Therese O’Driscoll On a late September, autumnal day, a small number of Comhlamh Debriefers met for a “Caring for the Carers” course.  Gemma Baker recaps the day. It was an opportunity to spend some time reflecting on our role as Debriefers to Returned Development Workers, to share our experiences, challenges and to ensure we focus on our

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Is International Volunteering A Tool For Making Global Citizenship Stronger?

Kevin Murphy from Nurture Africa  got the chance to attend an EU funded conference focusing upon “International Volunteering as a tool for Strengthening Global Citizenship” here he talks about how it was simply not be missed. Through our work as part of the Comhlámh Volunteering & Development Education Working Group, both I and Mary Coogan were afforded this exciting opportunity. Completing the Irish contingent was

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