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 Code of Good Practice for Volunteer-Sending Organisations (CoGP) developed by Comhlamh, an Irish organisation’.
We would like to thank all those who have contributed to and supported the development of the COGP over the last ten years. We would also like to especially thank all the signatory organisations who have committed to the principles and vision of the Code, and who work tirelessly to reflect on and improve their own practice in order organise responsible, responsive volunteering programmes.