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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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Comhlámh Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid dissemination event

  Check out our video from the volunteering in humanitarian aid event which showcased a photo exhibition of volunteers from Europe and the Global South engaged in humanitarian work. The evening afforded us the opportunity to hear from three incredible panel speakers about their experiences of volunteering in various refugee camps within Europe and alongside local volunteers during the Ebola response in Sierra Leonne.

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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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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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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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