Volunteering Overseas: Where Do I Start?

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“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
― Howard Zinn



Welcome to our free, online course for 2017. ‘Where do I start?’

There is no doubt that we are living in a time of tumultuous change. While this course can’t do much to slow things down, it can help you to think through the kind of role you can play, especially if overseas volunteering is something you’d like to do.

What can ‘Where do I start?’ help you with?

The course will:

Provide you with an introductory framework for understanding development and the interconnectedness of global justice issues;

Guide and encourage you to think critically about your motivations for volunteering overseas;

Invite you to engage with the ‘Volunteer Charter’, the Code of Good Practice for Volunteer Sending Agencies and the debate around responsible volunteering;

Invite you to explore how action for development can continue after an overseas experience.


There are two options for participating:

  1. Register and participate in the upcoming lunchtime webinar series (March 28th, 30th, April 6th and 8th 2017, 1pm – 1.45pm Irish time)
  2. Follow the online course material, undertaking the tasks yourself or with a group of colleagues/friends.

‘The webinar series raised interesting questions and topics that I wouldn’t have thought of before. The last session was particularly motivating, just knowing that we can be a tool or an educator at home in order to create positive change.’ (John webinar participant 2016)

 ‘I thought the webinar series was really useful and very informative. It covers a lot of ground and has given me more focus and direction for my future volunteering plans.’ (Ruth webinar participant 2016)

Through the course, participants can offer their thoughts and reflections on topics raised, engage with fellow participants in a community of learning and, for registered participants of the webinar, receive feedback from experienced Comhlámh staff.

Register at our Typeform by clicking below

Progression from this short online course includes establishing relationships with Comhlámh member groups and Volunteer Sending Agencies and links to other issue based courses including Comhlámh pre-departure training and debriefing trainings

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