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Benefits of volunteering?

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. 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. Research: Models of Volunteering. Video: The Ethical Volunteer. Thanks to everyone who contributed to our campaign.

Video: The Ethical Volunteer

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Join us, support us, and share our campaign! 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 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.

Comhlámh aims to develop best practice in the growing sector of overseas volunteering, and to support volunteers in a longer-term commitment to development. Pictured: VSO Volunteers Playing In Malawi In 2007. 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.