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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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A Good Day in the Office

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

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Come Along To Our Official #VolOps Launch At The Irish Aid Fair.

  Comhlámh is delighted to announce that #VolOps will be launched by Minister of State Sean Sherlock on October 11th, as part of Irish Aid’s annual Volunteer Fair. #VolOps is a new portal for international volunteering that uses elements of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. It has been developed by Comhlámh to promote the sharing of responsible volunteering options through a range of social media

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We’ve Just Updated Our Coming Home Book!

Now in its 8th edition, Comhlámh’s updated Coming Home Book will shortly be available to help guide people through the highs and lows of returning from an overseas placement. We have been listening to the experiences of returning volunteers and development workers since 1975, and the ideas outlined in this book reflect their collective wisdom. Our members are often returning from an experience that

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Putting Women’s and Girls’ Reproductive Health at the Heart of Development Policy

A 13-year-old fistula patient at a VVF centre in Nigeria. © UNFPA/Akintunde Akinleye Siobán O’Brien Green from Comhlámh was at an exhibition launch down in Irish Aid. Yesterday evening the Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello opened a photo exhibition compiled by member of the All-Party Interest Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Development with support from the Irish Family

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Networked Women.

Inese Japina met up with Mary Quinlan – a founding member and the former Chair of Banúlacht. Banúlacht was a network of women working to promote awareness of the links between development issues that affect people locally and globally. They worked from a gender perspective which entailed analysing unequal effects of development on women and men. When and why was Banúlacht established? Banúlacht was established

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EIL Celebrates 50 Years

Yesterday Comhlámh attended EIL Intercultural Learning’s 50th Anniversary in the Irish Aid Centre. It was great to meet the EIL staff that were there, and some of their volunteers that have returned to Ireland. Kevin Hickey, Director of EIL, spoke of the changes that have occurred in Ireland, and our need for intercultural awareness in our new intercultural society. We heard from two recipients

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The Value of International Volunteering

Minister Joe Costello To Launch Two New Reports Examining The Socio-Economic Impact of Overseas Development  and Identify Emerging Trends In The Sector. International volunteering is a key feature of the globalised world with roots going right back to the activities of missionaries looking to spread their faith. Today it’s an increasingly diverse field, with an emphasis firmly on partnership in development, intercultural learning and

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