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IWD and Dympna Meaney Women’s Leadership Development Fund

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the unique gift of leadership development for a grassroots human rights activist.   Join us now in ending violence against women.  You can donate here Inspired by Dympna Meaney, (1957- 1991) one of Ireland’s great  human rights champions, the Dympna Meaney Women’s Leadership Development Fund provides bursaries to grassroots women working to combat gender based violence in the global

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A Shamrock Appeal to celebrate and build peace

Pictured: Barbara Sanga, 22 years old, is working actively with women in her community as Head of Programmes of the local peace committee in the 5th arrondissement, Bangui.Photo Credit and permission to use from Conciliation Resources / Tamanna Kalhar. Bobby Lambert is a Comhlámh member and writes here about a new initiative to promote peace and reduce violence. St Patrick’s Day is one of the

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A Busy Few Weeks for the EU Aid Volunteer Initiative at Comhlámh

Pictured: The Civic Service Volunteers with some of the Comhlámh and La Guild Staff in Paris.  Perspectives from the newest member of Comhlámh team- Áine Lynch, on being a former EU AID volunteer to now working directly with the EU Aid Volunteer (EUAV) Initiative on supporting standards in volunteering in Humanitarian Action My first insight into the world of humanitarian work came directly after

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Volunteering for the Future

Grainne O’Neill from Comhlámh writes about the new Erasmus+ project that Comhlámh are involved in, which will last for 32 months. Comhlámh, along with 3 other volunteering organisations – Volunteering Matters (UK); INEX-SDA (Czech Republic); and finep (Germany) are delighted to share the news that we have been successful in an 32-month Erasmus + project which will bring together partners from each the 4

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Sharing life with a Nicarguan Community

Pictured here: Laura taking Bianca and Justin to “Kid’s Club” on her bike. Laura Kennedy having volunteered in South Africa, then pursued a career in primary school teaching. She writes here about her time teaching in Nicaragua Choosing to leave the comforts of friends and family, a paid job, my own home and a way of life that I loved was never a difficult decision.  I had spent

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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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Read About How Our Online Course In Volunteering Overseas Is Changing Opinions.

  Maurice McDermot writes about how participating in Comhlámh’s new online course on volunteering was a game changer in shaping his opinion of what he could do.   had been playing with the idea of volunteering overseas on and off for several years but each time I came to the same conclusion: my skills were not in demand and to volunteer overseas required fundraising

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The New UNV Report Is A Celebration Of Civil Society.

This is an adaption of a speech presented by Mark Cumming, the head of Comhlámh at the recent launch of the 2015 UN Volunteers State of the World’s Volunteerism Report. I spent several years in APSO recruiting and preparing people to work in International Development and had the pleasure to recruit many Irish people to work as UNVs – in particular programmes connected with the peace

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Cork Swapped Til It Dropped Again!

Evelyn Power, Global Citizen Award coordinator with EIL Intercultural Learning writes about the frenzy of fabric and colour that took place on Wednesday 16th September when the second madly successful Swap Til You Drop event took place in Cork. Were you one of the hundreds of savvy shoppers that filtered through the doors Camden Palace Cork with your reusable shopping tote in toe ready

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