Seminars like these

So how in heavens did Comhlámh’s Áine Lynch and Ruth Powell find themselves discussing Volunteer Management in the capital city of Togo, at the beginning of May this year? How? Why? Áine is the key project officer with the European Union Aid Volunteer Initiative (EUAVI) and has been working with Comhlámh since January 2016. Her role is to share theory and practice with a

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Amanda Mukwashi: SDG’s and the future of international volunteering

Mark Cumming in conversation with Amanda Mukwashi, Chief of Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation, United Nations Volunteers (UNV).  An edited version of this interview appears in print in Focus magazine. Mark Cumming: International volunteering has changed dramatically from where it was at 30 years ago, what’s the future for international volunteering for development? Amanda Mukwashi: It started very much with a North to South dynamic,

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Comhlámh AGM: 25th May 2017

Calling all Comhlámh Members, come join us for our AGM. This year we will be launching the 2017-2021 strategic plan, the fruits of much discussion in 2016. The AGM is the moment of renewal of our board as a number of members pass on the baton after many years of sterling work.  It’s also a moment of connection as members from different members’ groups

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Israel Should Act Now to End Palestinian Hunger Strikes

Comhlámh wish to extend their support for the over 1,700 Palestinian prisoners engaged in a mass hunger strike since 17 April 2017.  We call on the Irish government to act immediately at bilateral and European levels to ensure that the basic human rights and dignity of Palestinian prisoners are upheld by Israel. These hunger strikes arise as a direct prisoner response to the brutalising

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The Spirit of Bayanihan

Our Volunteering in Humanitarian aid Project officer, Aine’s experiences from the Philippines: Within my first few hours of arriving in the Philippines, I found myself being introduced to the Filipino term Bayanihan, which is a common word used to refer to the spirit of unity and volunteerism in the community. The term cropped up in a PowerPoint presentation given by our partners at the Philippine Red Cross

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Skills in Development Education’ – Reflections from James

“Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.” (Paulo Freire)     This 8-week course offered a very good insight into the importance of development education in today’s world as well as some fun and exciting ways to raise knowledge and awareness of global issues within groups. From the very

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ARABIC FUN LANGUAGE COURSE

Interested in learning conversational Arabic in an informal, relaxed environment? Well you are in luck! The The Ireland Say’s Welcome Comhlámh member group has arranged a six week language course that will bring you through the essentials of conversational Arabic. The course will cover topics such as greetings and introductions that will allow you to have friendly chats about family, life, the weather and much

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Passion4Solidarity

Bianca works with the Irish Forum for Global Health. Bianca is working in the area of global health where she has experience conducting research within the Indonesian, Ugandan, Kenyan, Canadian, and Irish healthcare systems.  In this piece, Bianca outlines important aspects of international fieldwork for students studying in the health sector and also for those engaged in medical electives.


Passion4Solidarity: Richard

Our next video in our series of resources for education and health workers we hear from Richard   Richard volunteered with Nurture Africa.  As he began the application process, Richard asked some key fundamental questions around international volunteering. Do I have the experience and skills to bring to the role? He had the chance to teach new subjects and work with local teachers creating

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Passion4Solidarity: Jessica

Next up in our series of #Passion4Solidarity videos is Jessica.   Jessica works with City of Dublin Education and Training Board – Separated Childrens’ Service.  She works with migrant and refugee children, who are very often from the countries where health and education workers from Ireland volunteer in.  Her experience of teaching in this context tells us it’s important for teachers to think in

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