HUNGARY: Highly interested in the EUAV initiative!

The Hungarian Volunteer Sending Foundation’s (HVSF) dissemination event: “At the end of February we decided to organize our dissemination event in Budapest, to spread the word about the EU Aid Volunteers initiative among Hungarian people and organizations. We aimed to address people interested in volunteering opportunities as well as organizations interested in joining the initiative. The EUAV initiative is still not very well known

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#Passion4Solidarity: Breda

Our #Passion4Solidarity videos series continues with Breda. Breda worked as a volunteer with Concern. Here she speaks about role of health volunteers in humanitarian contexts. How preparation in advance of heading overseas is key. Research your options – not just about where you can go to volunteer – and find out about the values and work of the various volunteer sending agencies. All this helps you find

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#Passion4Solidarity: Brigid-Rose

The second in our series of #Passion4Solidarity videos:  Brigid-Rose     Brigid-Rose volunteered with VSO Ireland, carrying out a two-year placement as a teacher.  She advises that teachers thinking about volunteering overseas should be prepared to integrate with the local community, and plan to be adaptable and patient. Perhaps most importantly, from Brigid-Rose’s perspective, is being willing and able to walk in the shoes of the people you

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#Passion4Solidarity: Alex

Welcome to our new series of video resources tailored for people working in the health and education sectors thinking about volunteering overseas.   Alex  works with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).  He speaks about the role that volunteers play on providing practical solidarity with local children in the West Bank as well as being able to provide eye witness testimony

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Our “EV4U” project has kicked off!

Since the beginning of January, Comhlámh has been working with partners across the EU and in Myanmar, Peru and Togo as part of the ‘European Volunteering for You’ (EV4U) project. Supported by the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative and led by La Guilde du Raid, the project will run until December 2018.  The project represents an exciting opportunity to focus on improving sending and hosting

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Access to Medicine Conference : Audio

On Wednesday February 8th 2017 Comhlamh Trade Justice group along with AWEPA hosted a conference looking at the current patent model and the issues of pharmaceutical companies monopolising the industry and charging massive amounts of money for life and death medicines.   The prevailing biomedical R&D model results in medicine prices ‘as high as the market will bear’- which is a price that is often out

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Are we Creole enough? Discussing about multicultural collaboration..

One of the undoubted richness of the VolinHA-HO consortium is the knowledge that each partner has in sending and hosting international volunteers. Creating positive working placements for international volunteers is, indeed, an asset to facilitate the collaboration on the field and to guarantee the ownership of the results in Cooperation development as well as in Humanitarian Aid projects focusing on preparedness, response and in

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First Network meeting of the EUAVI takes place in Brussels.

  The first EU Aid Volunteers Network meeting and workshop was held in Brussels between Feb 13th and 14th.  Organised by DG ECHO, in conjunction with the EACEA, the event brought together organisations from around the world to discuss what has happened since the programme began and to look at possible developments for the future.  There were over 100 participants, and the event was

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“Desperately seeking stories”

Once again, here in Comhlámh we are seeking your stories. We are looking for stories, from recently returned volunteers and development workers for the Irish Aid website, for our VolOps magazine, for our blog and for our Spring Campaign, which we will be launching just before Easter. Why do we want these stories? The ancient ritual of storytelling predates writing and humans have been

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