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March 2019

Volunteering and the SDGs

DATE : March 28, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Mark Cumming, the Head of Comhlámh reflects on deliberations at our event looking at Volunteering and the SDGs. We were delighted to host UNV in Dublin on 12th March last. There was an excellent line up in the room with representatives from the United Nations Volunteer programme along with Volunteer Ireland. Participants straddled those involved […]

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Conversations with volunteers: Eilís McDonald

DATE : March 25, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Continuing our series of interviews with development workers and volunteers, retired teacher and long term volunteer Eilís McDonald writes for us below reflecting on her many years volunteering experiences in Malawi, Uganda and Kenya. ” Things do go wrong sometimes.  Mostly something that seems perfectly ok on paper, doesn’t translate the way we expect.  This […]

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A Twitter thread on African ‘tragedies’

DATE : March 25, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

In a powerful thread in Twitter, writer Zoé Samudzi set out some thoughts about how western media reports invariably omits or renders invisible African responses of solidarity in crisis, and are infused with a sense of inevitability, rather than examining real causes and dynamics or the social, political and ecological forces at play. You can […]

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Volunteer with Comhlámh at concerts and support our member groups

DATE : March 20, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

It’s that time of year again and Comhlámh are delighted to announce our call-out for concert volunteers for Summer 2019.  As a festival volunteer, you will be helping raise funds exclusively for the use of Comhlámh member groups.  Volunteering with us means helping run the bars along with other campaign groups and the Workers Beers […]

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No to any new TTIP: Contact your MEP’s

DATE : March 11, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

The Comhlámh Trade Justice group sent the following letter to all sitting Irish MEPs around the upcoming vote regarding fresh talks around a new US EU trade deal. Given the disaster for people and environment that was proposed in the original TTIP agreement, we call on our sitting MEPs to vote against the opening of […]

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Conversations with volunteers: Dominic Hannigan

DATE : March 11, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlámh’s information and support officer Ruth Powell will have a number of conversations with volunteers about their unique experiences of international volunteering over the coming months. Here is the second conversation, with Dominic Hannigan Why did you decide to volunteer internationally? I was always interested in international volunteering, and this opportunity was right for me. […]

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Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals

DATE : March 7, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

Comhlámh is delighted to host the United Nations Volunteer programme in Dublin for a dialogue on on Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, encouraging the participation and integration of all people — including youth, […]

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Ruth Powell reviews “Learning Service: The Essential Guide to Volunteering Abroad”

DATE : March 5, 2019 AUTHOR : COMMENTS : No Comments

The first thing you notice about “Learning Service:  The Essential Guide to Volunteering Abroad” is that it comes highly recommended by Noam Chomsky who states that it is “an extraordinary contribution” and “a manifesto for doing good well”.  The second thing you notice is the sheer size of the work.  This guidebook has more than […]

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