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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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Research Report Launch And Seminar With Jayne Cravens.

You are invited to attend the launch of a new research report by Comhlámh based on quantitative data emerging from an online survey issued to volunteer sending agencies (VSAs) in Ireland. This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about online volunteering, to discover how it can benefit both VSAs and volunteers and to hear Jayne speak in Ireland for the first time on

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LinkedIn Dublin Opens Its Doors To NGOs.

Pictured: Back row, left to right: Rose Hennessy from Friends of Londinai, Emma Dwyer from Irish Rule of Law International, Ciara Close from The Umbrella Foundation, Kevin Murphy from Nurture Africa, Shannette Budhai from Comhlámh, Caroline O’Connor from UCDVO, from Colin Brennan from Viatores Christi, Anna Smith from Habitat for Humanity Ireland, John Close from Irish Aid. Front row, left to right: Tara McGrath from EIL

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VSO Volunteer Jim Ferguson Chats About His Post-Retirement Work In Ethiopia.

  Originally from Dun Laoghaire in County Dublin, Jim Ferguson has been in Ethiopia for eight months where he works as an advisor to the Ministry of Education. VSO is an international development charity that works through volunteers. Their volunteers work with local organisations that serve poor people. This is Jim’s second stint with VSO, when he left university he put in two enjoyable years

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Did You Miss Tell It On A Tuesday? Here’s A Report.

Kevin Murphy from Nuture Africa reports back from our Tell It On A Tuesday event last week. What a wholly positive and energising evening it was! Tuesday 22nd July was the date of the first in a series of several public events, where returned overseas volunteers; both long and short-term, were invited to share their own unique and inspiring stories of their volunteering experience.

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We’ve Reorganised The Reference Library In The Marius Schoon Members’ Room.

Fulya Ozkul, who has experience in large books shops in Canada and Belgium, guided the re-organisation of our library. Work began in April 2014 in the new Marius Schoon Members Room to organise and begin to archive almost thirty nine years of Comhlamh’s many resources and publications in advance of the May 1st Open House night. Siobhan O’Brien Green reports on the progress to date.

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Our Volunteer Charter has been updated!

Roisin Boyle, Comhlámh’s Education and Training Officer introduces our new Volunteer Charter; The Volunteer Charter has recently been revised, updated and uploaded to the Comhlámh website. Comhlámh is very grateful to members of the Options and Issues Group for their instrumental role in directing changes to the Volunteer Charter with valuable insights, comments and inputs. The major objectives to the changes included simplifying the seven

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How Do We Tackle The Problems of Orphanage Tourism?

Shannette Budhai, Volunteering Quality Project Officer at Comhlámh recently returned from a trip in London organised by Save the Children. It was an honour and a privilege to be invited as a panellist and also as a participant to the ‘Better Volunteering, Better Care’ workshop. The workshop itself aimed to tackle the growing problem of ‘orphanage volunteering’. There have been a series of media

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Observations and Anecdotes from a Mzungu.

For Focus94 Tadgh Daly spoke about his volunteer experience in Zambia. Three and a half months into my stint here in Zambia is probably a good time to provide a low-down on what I’m actually doing here work-wise. The focus is around “capacity building” (development worker jargon for training) of ‘physical planners’ at district council level. A physical planner is essentially a combination of

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Highlights From The Past Few Months.

You’ve heard us bang on a lot about how we are going back to our roots and getting more members involved in the organisation. Here’s a photo gallery that captures just how hectic things have been in Comhlamh over the past twelve months. We’ve ran the gamut of debates, pickets, workshops and exhibitions. Can you spot yourself?