Comhlámh is delighted to announce that #VolOps will be launched by Minister of State Sean Sherlock on October 11th, as part of Irish Aid’s annual Volunteer Fair.
#VolOps is a new portal for international volunteering that uses elements of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. It has been developed by Comhlámh to promote the sharing of responsible volunteering options through a range of social media options.
Sending agencies that are signatories to Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice are being encouraged to append #VolOps to any posting on Twitter or Facebook about placements or events where volunteers can find out about them. Our automated Twitterbot then retweets this to our followers and embeds the post on our site.
Anyone interested in international volunteering can look up placements overseas by following #VolOps on Facebook and Twitter where they will get up to the minute information about the latest volunteering opportunities that agencies are recruiting for. It’s very simple to use – just check in on the hashtag to stay abreast of deadlines and events.
We have also developed a dedicated LinkedIn group called #VolOps: sharing volunteering opportunities. This allows members to join in the conversation about best practices in volunteering, ask others about their experiences, and share their learning. Anyone looking for an opportunity can also use it to highlight their skills and experience to sending agencies.
Minister of State Sean Sherlock will be launching the suite of tools at the Irish Aid Volunteer Fair 2014, which is happening in Dublin Castle’s Printworks on October 11th from 11am to 16.30.
Over 25 organisations will have stands showcasing the overseas placements they have available at the event, and there will be a panel discussion with talks from four volunteers who have experiences in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Speakers at the event.
Claire Glavey recently took part in the United Nations Volunteer Internship scheme in Lao PDR. She spent a year there working as Knowledge Management and Communication Officer with the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Claire has also volunteered on two occasions with Suas Educational Development in Kolkata, India.
Seán O’Connell, has worked primarily in human rights and international development since graduating from UCD. He has extensive experience working with university students following his time with UCD Volunteers Overseas, leading projects to Nicaragua on two separate occasions. Recently, he has helped establish the World’s Best News campaign in Ireland, now in it’s second year, which focuses on stories of progress from the developing world.
Mags Stanley is a 29-year-old primary teacher from Tipperary, who is actively involved in the running of her family farm. In 2007, she volunteered with Friends of Londiani in Kenya, and has recently returned from her second trip there. Mags recognises the importance of working together with the community on sustainable, year-round projects. She says: “My two trips to Kenya have not changed the world but maybe I was part of some tiny thing that changed one person’s life for the better”.
Brian Cranmer’s introduction to overseas volunteering came in 1998, when he volunteered in Ethiopia through the De La Salle Christian Brothers. He says “The experience lasted 6 weeks for most of us but for me it would last much longer”, and he has since volunteered in countries including Kenya, Paraguay, and Uganda. Brian has recently returned from a 2-year placement with VMM in Fort Portal, Uganda.
Pictured: Seán with Freddy Flores, Director of Movimiento Comunal Nicaragüense (MCN), outside the completed urban school development in Somoto, Nicaragua, which was coordinated through a partnership between UCDVO and MCN and then Seán with local partner Gregorio Castellón and fellow UCDVO volunteer Shane O’Byrne outside the finished agricultural training centre in Cuje, Nicaragua, co-ordinated through a partnership between UCDVO and local human rights NGO INPRHU.
Pictured: Mags Stanley, a teacher with the Friends of Londiani. Mags will be speaking at the fair.
Photos from last year with Minister Joe Costello.
Tweet about the event using #IAFair14