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EU Aid Volunteers Initiative To Begin Sending Volunteers In 2015.

Pictured: A still from a video to promote the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. The EU Aid Volunteers initiative is on its way to providing 4000 new opportunities for people to volunteer in humanitarian projects from 2014 to 2020. Dervla King is Comhlámh’s Programme Manager and filed this report from the event. On January 23rd, the European Commission held an info day in Brussels on the

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Mark Cumming Looks Back At The Year Just Gone And What’s Ahead For 2015.

Infographic: Click for full scale version or download here. How do you review a year? One way is to look through the ‘numbers’ and the attached info-graphic highlights some of the vibe off Comhlámh in the last year. While numbers give one insight, it’s not the full story. Mark Cumming, the head of Comhlámh looks back and talks about the year ahead. Another way would

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Why Was There A Slow Response To The 2010 Humanitarian Crisis In Pakistan?

Back in 2010 for Focus86 Caroline S. Connolly explored possible reasons why there was a slow response to the flooding in Pakistan. According to the UN, the floods in Pakistan are the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history. Maurizio Giuliano, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said: “This disaster is worse than the tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and

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How Do We Overcome The Pitfalls Of Voluntourism and Encourage A Responsible Approach?

Comhlámh’s training and education office, Roisin Boyle, reflects on some of the pitfalls of voluntourism and how Comhlámh’s work on good practice encourages a responsible approach that focuses on the partnership between the sending agency, the volunteer, and the host community. Voluntourism, tourism (in which travellers do voluntary work to help communities or the environment in the places they are visiting) is currently flourishing

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Collecting Volunteer Stories

Have you volunteered overseas? Comhlámh is currently looking to document the stories of people who have worked overseas, to make more people aware of the amazing work volunteers from Ireland are involved in. If you fancy writing and sharing your story, drop us a short email at volunteerstories@comhlamh.org and we’ll get back to you asap!