Comhlamh: intercultural learning and profesional advice on voluntourism


Comhlamh is an Irish organization with a great website. They developed an excellent coming home guide and plenty of other useful information such as social media guidebook for volunteers to tackle the problem that volunteers publish too often inappropriate photos or experience reports on the world wide web, which rather stigmatize the people they volunteer for.

 

Comhlámh is a great organization and platform to learn more about about volunteering and development issues. Also for volunteer sending agencies, for whom this code for good practise was developed.

The Comhlámh CoGP for Volunteer Sending Agencies is a set of standards for organisations involved in facilitating international volunteer placements in the Global South.

The focus of the Code is to ensure overseas volunteering has a positive impact for the three main stakeholders: the volunteer, the sending agency, and the local project and community.

The Code has been developed in close consultation with Irish volunteer sending agencies, returned volunteers and with a range of partners that host international volunteers. It is based on the values of sustainable development, solidarity and partnership.

Right now there are 44 organisation committed to implementing good practice through the Code. We strongly recommend that you choose one of them if you are thinking about volunteering in the Global South.