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Volunteering Background paper. Volunteer Charter. Comhlámh's Volunteering Options aims to promote responsible, responsive international volunteering and to develop good practice standards among volunteer sending organisations. In doing so, we hope to ensure that overseas volunteering has a positive impact for the volunteer, the sending organisation, and the host project and community. Support Services for Volunteers: Volunteer Charter Information talks and 1:1 appointment service Volunteering Options Website Training courses , pre-decision, pre-departure and upon return home Counselling, debriefing and careers signposting services for returning Irish volunteers Opportunities to advocate for global justice from Ireland Social events for returned volunteers and members The Volunteer Charter sets out seven principles that aim to encourage responsible, responsive international volunteering. The Code of Good Practice for Sending Organisations sets out the responsibilities of the Irish-based sending organisations that arrange volunteer placements.

From Charity to Justice: Volunteering and Development Education. 13/03/2013 at 1:12 pm Guest Blog by Lindsay Cleary* There has always been a level of criticism and scrutiny running alongside admiration for people who volunteer overseas.

From Charity to Justice: Volunteering and Development Education

The missionary tradition in Ireland has ensured that many young Irish people have grown up acutely aware of poverty in the Global South. It’s this sense of charity which undoubtedly leads some young people to look into short-term volunteering. The most effective way of turning this sense of charity into a sense of social justice is through development education. Volunteering overseas without development education is voluntourism. In January 2013, SERVE carried out a survey among past volunteers to get a sense of the impact that development education post-departure and in-country has had on them personally. It is interesting to note that for the majority of people the volunteer experience and the development education programme are equally important.

The full results of the survey can be found here Like this: Research: Models of Volunteering. Video: The Ethical Volunteer. Thanks to everyone who contributed to our campaign.

Video: The Ethical Volunteer

Though the Indiegogo campaign is finished, our work is on-going, so if you would like to contribute to The Ethical Volunteers' bid to give grassroots projects a voice and help stop the exploitation of volunteers and communities, please go to our website www.theethicalvolunteer.com and buy a Lifetime Membership. Our Campaign: We are creating a global movement that promotes better volunteering overseas..... Join us, support us, and share our campaign! I love volunteering overseas. But I don’t like profit-focused volunteer agencies that profiteer from poverty.

Have you ever come across an agency promoting: If not, type the words “volunteer overseas” into Google and check out what comes up – companies based in Europe or America entreating you to impart with 1000’s of dollars to “make a difference in as little as two weeks”. How did I get involved in this?

What Ireland’s EU Presidency could mean for international volunteering. VOLUNTEERS MAKE A unique contribution to achieving development goals, reaching far beyond what cash and technical assistance can achieve.

What Ireland’s EU Presidency could mean for international volunteering

Last year over 3,000 Irish people volunteered overseas. This is an extraordinary number – about one in every 1,500 Irish people travelled to a developing country to share their skills. This should be an enormous source of pride for Irish people, and at a time when major decisions are being made about the future of international development, it is crucial that volunteering for development remains at the heart of our work in the developing world. Volunteering uses the power of people to bring about real change. When committed volunteers work in partnership with carefully selected organisations to transfer much-needed skills, they have the power to bring about real change in the lives of poor and marginalised people. A long and proud tradition. Volunteering Options. Consider Alternatives at Home. In recent times, we have seen an increasing demand for our services from people who are interested in short-term volunteering.

Consider Alternatives at Home

Some of the reasons why short-term volunteering has become more popular are: the increasing professionalisation of development work, which has made it more difficult for people without particular skills or experience to find overseas placements;changes in the Irish economy, which mean that people may not be able to make a long-term commitment to overseas work; andan increase in the number of organisations that offer short-term volunteer placements. Why Do People Volunteer. People for a number of different reasons, ranging from a desire to learn new skills, have fun or make a difference. Some are completely devoted to the cause, while others simply wish to do their bit where they can.

In actual fact, many of the reasons for volunteering abroad are the same as those for volunteering at home but here there is the added bonus of getting to travel. However is a much more meaningful experience, taking you further out of your comfort zone and offering far greater rewards. Give Something Back One of the more obvious reasons why people is because they find something they are passionate about and want to do something good for others. Unique Opportunities As a regular tourist you don’t have the opportunity to see as much as you would as an insider. View a Culture from the Inside.

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