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

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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.

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.

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7 days ago

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Great comments from a returned volunteer development worker below - well done Debs xAmyLee O'Brien came to Uganda as a volunteer teacher. She embraced every minute of the placement, throwing herself into every experience, teaching us amazing scientific facts (do YOU know why we all have individual fingerprints???), entertaining us with games of "Would you Rather?" , cheating at Monopoly..... Yes there were times she was downright bold - never walk between AmyLee and a swimming pool when she gets that glint in her eye..... - but we wouldn't have had it any other way....Con may argue that one.....Thank you for coming AmyLee. It was an absolute pleasure.
Here is what she had to say about the experience

I remember going to orientation with Debs before Uganda and there was a past volunteer there to talk to us. Every second word out of her mouth was "incredible". By the end I was almost thinking "ok we get it". I was wrong. There genuinely are no words strong enough to sum up the experience we had this summer, so, incredible will just have to suffice.
My fellow volunteers, Sarah, Andrew, Maj, Louise and Con, I would say that I have made friends for life with all of you but I think we ended up more like family. Thank you.
The volunteering and teaching are a whirlwind. You don't think of what you lack in resources, you embrace every moment of thanks and appreciation you receive from staff and students alike.
The down time that Lámha Suas gives you allows you some truely once in a lifetime experiences. Trekking gorillas in the wild, Safari in Murchison falls and white water rafting down the river Nile, moments I will never forget.
Finally, the experience with Lámha Suas would not be what it is without the AMAZING Debs. She is one of the most inspirational and humble people I have had the luck to cross paths with. Her kindness and love for Uganda and it's people is amazing to witness and being a part of Lámha Suas' journey is something I will remember forever.
Thank you Deborah.
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Great comments from a returned volunteer development worker below - well done Debs x

 

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2 weeks ago

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We would like to welcome Nana to the Comhlámh team, here in Parliament Street.
Nana joined us two weeks ago and is here on placement as part of her Community and Youth BA degree with Maynooth University.
She’s hoping to understand more about theories of change and reasons for inequality from her course at Maynooth, and she’s hoping to get a real understanding of the practical side of working in the development sector from her time here in Comhlámh.
When we asked her how her first two weeks had gone, she said “so far, so good! I’m still a bit nervous, but I’m looking forward to learning all that I can”.We would like to welcome Nana to the Comhlámh team, here in Parliament Street. Nana joined us two weeks ago and is here on placement as part of her Community and Youth Work BA degree with Maynooth University.
She’s hoping to understand more about theories of change and reasons for inequality from her course at Maynooth, and she’s hoping to get a real understanding of the practical side of working in the development sector from her time here in Comhlámh.
When we asked her how her first two weeks had gone, she said “so far, so good! I’m still a bit nervous, but I’m looking forward to learning all that I can”.
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We would like to welcome Nana to the Comhlámh team, here in Parliament Street.
Nana joined us two weeks ago and is here on placement as part of her Community and Youth BA degree with Maynooth University.  
She’s hoping to understand more about theories of change and reasons for inequality from her course at Maynooth, and she’s hoping to get a real understanding of the practical side of working in the development sector from her time here in Comhlámh.
When we asked her how her first two weeks had gone, she said “so far, so good!  I’m still a bit nervous, but I’m looking forward to learning all that I can”.

2 weeks ago

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Another great week - talking about #volops, thinking about #volops, offering information and *hopefully* advice about #volops -
It was great to be at TCD again - thanks so much for the invite -The lovely Ruth from @comhlamh_insta helping #students as they consider #volops during the #Volunteer Seminar Series.
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Another great week - talking about #volops, thinking about #volops, offering information and *hopefully* advice about #volops - 
It was great to be at TCD again - thanks so much for the invite -

2 weeks ago

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Some great photos below from the UCDVO Annual Forum - lovelyWhat does it mean to be an activist in today’s world and how do we sustain hope? Pictures from the recent UCDVO Annual Forum which took place on the 27th September in the Red Room in the new Student Centre, Belfield from 10.00 - 14.00. Photography by Matthew Rose-Nel or MRN Photography ... See MoreSee Less

Some great photos below from the UCDVO Annual Forum - lovely
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Applications for our 2020 Volunteer Programme are now open!

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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.