Volunteering Opportunities Overseas

So…you are looking for a volunteering placement.  We can help.

 

#VolOps is the section of Comhlámh that can help you find the overseas volunteering placement you are looking for.  We have been providing advice and support for people interested in overseas development work since 1975.

 

Check our directory of the volunteering sending agencies that have signed up to our code of good practice, we have VolOps Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts completely dedicated to posting information about new placements.

 

We also attend multiple outreach events throughout the year, where you can come and meet staff from Comhlámh, or you can make an appointment to come into the office, for one of our face-to-face information sessions. .

 

Let us know how we can help: info@comhlamh.org/ 01 478 3490

Get smart: Tools, tips and developing critical thinking. 

Our searchable database of agencies.

 

Essential reading for those thinking about volunteering overseas.

[/vc_row_inner]

OUR VOLUNTEER CHARTER

The Charter is a guide for people who are going to volunteer overseas in developing countries. It sets out seven principles that aim to encourage responsible, responsive international volunteering. Each of these principles contains a list of questions to help you make sure that you have thought about the issues raised, and to ensure that you know why they are important.

 

By agreeing to sign the Charter volunteers, will be showing their support for the principles it sets out. As a volunteer, your attitude to your placement and to your host project and community will be crucial to the success of the work you will be involved with. Your support will help to ensure a spirit of partnership, solidarity and respect between you, your sending organisation, and the host project and community with which you volunteer. The volunteer charter was developed through extensive consultations with the three main groups involved in volunteer placements: volunteers, sending agencies, and host projects.

charter-01
dd-01

Over the past decade, there has been a growing interest among Irish people in volunteering in developing countries. More and more people are going overseas as volunteers, sometimes for very short periods. Although there can be many differences between the work done on short-term and long-term volunteering placements, all international volunteers will be engaging with the same broader issues. These include having realistic expectations about what volunteering can achieve, and adopting the role of learner and guest while overseas. The Charter encourages people to think about these issues and to place their volunteering experiences within the wider context of global development. By doing so, it aims to contribute to the improvement of the volunteering experiences of international volunteers, and ultimately to the quality of life for host communities affected by volunteering. It does not replace sending agencies’ and host projects’ specific guidelines and rules for volunteers, but rather complements them.

 

By agreeing to sign the Volunteer Charter, you will be showing your support for the principles it sets out.

#Volops

4 days ago

Volops

Come along to the Comhlámh office on 27 June...

Mercier Press
What would you do to survive?

Outlanders is a compilation of ten real-life stories from refugees and asylum seekers, who the author met while working in the field of refugee resettlement in the US and Ireland. They are old people and young, recently arrived and well established, originating from Afghanistan, Burma, Laos, Somalia, Iraq, South Africa, Bosnia and Palestine. Outlanders is the first work of its kind to explore the subject from a creative perspective, setting it apart from previous journalistic work available on the subject. The stories are presented in a style that immerses the reader in the journey of the refugee, the sights, smells, sounds they experienced, how it felt along the way. These unique individual narratives are bound together by recurring themes: daily life, the eruption of conflict and the privations endured to escape it. Outlanders offers a glimpse into the lives of the displaced, not through screen or newsfeed, but through the very eyes of those who survived.

‘Ó Tuathaigh has a stunning capacity for empathy, the ability to place
dispossessed others in the context of our own lives, what we might be like, what
we might feel in flight from catastrophe … Brilliant.’ – Eoin McNamee

Outlanders: Stories of the Displaced is available now in bookshops and online at bit.ly/2K3lFa9 and more!

#OutlandersBook Outlanders: Stories of the Displaced
... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago

Volops

What's on this June?
A great many things..
21 June: Info event about our new Erasmus+ project
22/23 June: the Coming Home Weekend
25 June: Focus Group Discussion to edit the Volunteer Charter
27 June: Outlanders...an evening with Séan Ó Tuathaigh to discuss his book.
... See MoreSee Less

Whats on this June? 
A great many things..
21 June:  Info event about our new Erasmus+ project
22/23 June:  the Coming Home Weekend
25 June:  Focus Group Discussion to edit the Volunteer Charter
27 June:  Outlanders...an evening with Séan Ó Tuathaigh to discuss his book.
Load more

What's on this June?
A great many things..
21 June: Event about our new Erasmus+ project
22/23 June: the Coming Home Weekend
25 June: Focus Group Discussion to edit the Volunteer Charter
27 June: Outlanders...an evening with Séan Ó Tuathaigh to discuss his book.
#volops

The students from @stpaulscollege4 have settled In well to their placement in #Ambo #Ethiopia. Be sure to keep checking back for more updates. #volops #volunteering2019 #doonething #vlm

We are hosting a focus group discussion on 25 June (6-7.30pm) to edit and improve the @Comhlamh Volunteer Charter!
@Dochasnetwork @Coalition2030IR @IDEAIreland #volops
Current charter is here: https://t.co/jx2bI8iyAy

Comhlámh’s VolOps magazines

#Volops magazine promotes responsible and responsive volunteering practices from the point of view of returned volunteer development workers, volunteer sending agencies, and us, Comhlámh.  If you would like to write an article for the next issue of #VolOps, please get in touch with us at info@comhlamh.org

 

After many successful issues of Comhlámh’s Focus magazine, we thought it was time to publish a magazine which promoted responsible and responsive volunteering practices through articles from returned volunteer development workers and colleagues from some of our Code of Good Practice volunteer sending agencies.  For the person who is new to volunteering, this magazine should present them with a wealth of information and ideas to get them started.  And for the long-time volunteer development worker, we hope that this magazine has given them some prompts for reflection.