OUR WORK 9 International Volunteering

International Volunteering

Comhlámh is the lead organisation in Ireland promoting values-led international volunteering through the Code of Good Practice, the network of volunteer sending agencies (VSAs) and the volunteers we work with. In doing so, we hope to support a vibrant movement of volunteering that is solidarity-based and working toward long-term social change.

Volunteer Sending Agencies

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International Volunteers

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International Volunteering and Comhlámh Code of Good Practice

Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice for Volunteer Sending Agencies (VSAs) is a set of values-led principles that provides organisations with a framework to reflect on, adapt, and deepen their international volunteering practice. The Code is based on a vision of volunteers working in solidarity for a just, equitable, and sustainable world.

The Code is rooted in Global Citizenship Education approaches, which support people to reflect on their power and privilege, and to deepen their awareness of the interdependence between wealth and poverty, and of the drivers of global injustice and inequality.

The Code supports volunteering which is values-led, committed to long-term action, and recognises the interconnectedness and interdependence of people and planet. Code signatories work to challenge power imbalances and to unpack issues including unsustainability, (neo) colonialism, extractivism, saviourism, and slavery.

Rethinking International Volunteering

At Comhlámh, we are committed to supporting and encouraging Volunteer Sending Agencies and organisations that champion the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice to nurture transformative models of engagement that are rooted in Global Citizen Education and reflect the complex, interdependent and unequal world of which we are part.

Comhlámh is uniquely positioned to add value to Irish Aid’s Global Citizenship Education Strategy 2021-2025 and National Volunteering Strategy 2021-2025, aiming to merge volunteering with Global Citizenship Education to mobilise global citizenship.

Our Global Citizenship Education approach is rooted in transformative pedagogy and provides the means to respond to the call in the Irish Aid’s Volunteering Initiative Review to explore the evolution of Ireland’s volunteering traditions in line with the changing development context.

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