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Code of Good Practice


A set of standards for Volunteer Sending Agencies involved in facilitating international volunteer placements. The Code is based on a vision of volunteers working in solidarity for a just, equitable and sustainable world and aims to promote responsible international volunteering


Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice is a set of standards for Irish Volunteer Sending Agencies facilitating international placements. The Code is based on a vision of volunteers working in solidarity for a just, equitable and sustainable world and it promotes responsible and responsive volunteering to ensure a positive impact for the overseas project and community, the volunteer and the sending agency.


The Code supports volunteer programmes to be led by a belief in global justice, to be based on good development practice and to address identified needs in partnership with local projects and communities. The Code promotes development education, which enables people to more deeply understand the world around them and to address the root causes of inequality and poverty.


Every Volunteer Sending Agency, which is party to the Code of Good Practice, commits to the implementation of the Code’s five values that underpin the work of international volunteer programmes. Under each value, there are a set of principles and indicators which provide guidance for the development and implementation of volunteer sending programmes. 

You can find out more about our Code of Good Practice here. 



Comhlámh partners with organisations that do not directly send volunteers but wish to promote good practice among their members, helping to protect volunteers, host communities and host organisations. This growing network currently has 15 organisations.

The Code Supporter Network includes:


Which organisations have signed up to the Code of Good Practice?

This list is kept up to date.

Chernobyl Children International Signatory

Development Perspectives Signatory

EAPPI    Core

EIL Intercultural Learning Comprehensive

Engineers Without Borders Ireland

(Friends of Londiani) – Brighter Communities    Comprehensive

Friends of Africa  Signatory

Give Ireland  Core

Habitat For Humanity Ireland  Comprehensive

Habitat For Humanity Northern Ireland   Signatory

HOPE Foundation  Comprehensive

Immunisation For Life  Signatory

Irish League of Credit Union Foundation  Signatory

Lámha Suas Signatory

Mellon Educate  Signatory

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Volunteer  Signatory

Nurture Africa   Core

Operation Smile  Signatory

SERVE Comprehensive

Soley Haiti

Suas  Comprehensive

Tearfund Comprehensive

UCDVO  Comprehensive

Viatores Christi  Comprehensive

VIDES Signatory

VLM   Comprehensive

VSI   Signatory

VSO   Comprehensive

Zamda Signatory

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