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To Volunteer?

Comhlámh’s web portal is here to help you!

Comhlámh has provided advice and support for people interested in overseas development work since 1975. Comhlámh would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of Irish Aid in developing this online resource.



In recent times, we have seen an increasing demand for our services from people who are interested in short-term volunteering. Some of the reasons why short-term volunteering has become more popular are:

  • the increasing professionalisation of development work, which has made it more difficult for people without particular skills or experience to find overseas placements;
  • changes in the Irish economy, which mean that people may not be able to make a long-term commitment to overseas work; and
  • an increase in the number of organisations that offer short-term volunteer placements.

Comhlámh aims to develop best practice in the growing sector of overseas volunteering, and to support volunteers in a longer-term commitment to development.

Pictured: VSO Volunteers Playing In Malawi In 2007.



Remember to make an informed choice!
Please take a look at our issues to consider section before chosing a placement. And remember, only volunteer with agencies that are signed up to our Code of Good Practice!



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