International Reciprocity Volunteering, a Weapon against Isolationism

“While the world is globalizing, calling itself a global village, and the international development agenda is to be inclusive, targeting the most vulnerable, we still have to face a staggering contrast” writes Omar Agbangba The Children of the poor, or better the majority of the population of countries now known as “shithole countries” to quote one of the worlds leaders, are indeed excluded from

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The advantages of online volunteering through the UNV Online programme

“As the information and support project officer here at Comhlámh, a considerable part of my job is talking to people who are thinking about volunteering overseas.  I do this online or sometimes during a one-to-one information session here at the office, or at one of our many outreach events throughout the year.”  Ruth Powell. Firstly, I advise people to only volunteer overseas with one

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Comhlámh calls for defense of international solidarity work

In light of renewed coverage regarding international aid workers in Haiti in 2011, Comhlámh wishes to make the following remarks.   “As the Association of Returned Development Workers and Volunteers in Ireland, with over 40 years of experience in working with overseas development workers and volunteers, we are appalled at the reports of alleged sexual exploitation and abuse of women and sexual abuse of

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Reflections on Comhlámh’s 2017 ‘Be The Change’

” I learned that change in whatever form, isn’t something that happens quickly. It’s a slow process that begins with reflection-which can be a scary process-though it doesn’t have to be a lonely one.”   Robert Johnston reflects on his time participating in Comhlámh’s 2017 ‘Be The Change’ course, run annually in conjunction with UCDVO   “Be The Change provided an environment that nurtured questioning

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Comhlámh’s Ruth Powell reflects on a recent training workshop she and Áine Lynch attended in Athens.   When you hear that you are going to attend a three-day training workshop in Athens, on Disaster Risk Reduction, you can’t really imagine that it’s going to be in any way fun or uplifting.  You can’t honestly expect that discussing hazards, disasters, risk assessments and the effects

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A letter to Senators in support of Senator Frances Black’s Occupied Territories Bill 2018

A letter sent to Senators in support of Senator Frances Black’s Occupied Territories Bill 2018 from Comhlámh Justice for Palestine Group.     Dear Senator   Since 1967, successive Israeli governments have authorised the transfer of almost 600,000 of its own citizens into territory it occupies east of the Green Line in the West Bank including East Jerusalem. Individuals within these administrations have been involved

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“The situation of refugees in Calais is a tragedy,” Kim Bryan

The situation of refugees in Calais is a tragedy, a miserable story of human suffering that has no place in the UK or France, writes Kim Bryan, humanitarian volunteer with Utopia 56   Last week, Emannuel Marcon and Theresa May agreed an extra 44 million towards on top of the existing 68 million to secure the Calais border. In practice this means our taxes

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Snap-happy volunteers need to be savvy in their social media use

Asking yourself some questions is the key to striking a healthy balance in taking and sharing photos, writes Donal Brady   Does this impress or impact? Is this helpful to me or others… or anyone? Once you post a picture on social media, other people are within their rights to decide what it is. These other people may be informed, uninformed or ill-informed on

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Sexual Harrassment and Volunteering

An oft-cited rallying cry of contemporary feminism attributed to Flavia Dzodan reads “My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit”. What would it mean to say the same thing about volunteering asks Janet Horner Recently, I spent a week in Palestine climbing trees to pick olives and on political tours, which is about as far from the world of Hollywood and the

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Sustainable Development Goals: Capacity Building Training

  Development Perspectives will be delivering SDG Capacity Building training on February the 8th from 11.00 – 1.00 in Comhlámh. The training is an opportunity for sending agency staff to learn how to integrate the SDGs into their programmes and practice. Staff will leave the training with increased knowledge regarding the goals, and activities which can be used on future projects.   Please email

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