§ Partnership agreement/MOU between the VSA and the local partner detailing the inclusion of development education as an integral aim and part of the volunteer programme;
§ Training plans/outlines for development education workshops between the VSA and the local partner;
§ Promotion, direct advertisement and recruitment messaging and processes detail that development education is a key part of the overall volunteer programme, including at pre-departure, placement and post return stages;
§ The VSA’s website links to:
– Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) website;
– Other development education organisations and/or resources.
§ Procedures for/evidence of signposting volunteers to Comhlámh’s supports and Coming Home Guide and weekends, trainings, online courses and member activist groups through:
– Training, induction and placement plans;
– Volunteer information pack;
– Volunteer manual;
– Records of email contact with volunteer.
§ Training, induction and placement plans which include development education on global development, social justice and ecological sustainability by the VSA and/or local partner;
§ Qualifications and experience of VSA personnel responsible for delivering training;
§ Records/certificates of attendance of VSA personnel attending development education courses (including skills development and training for trainers), seminars and conferences;
§ Use of self-guided learning plans including Comhlámh’s Volunteering for the Future Training Companion;
§ VSA participation in Comhlámh’s Volunteering and Development Education Working Group; or Dóchas Development Education Working Group or membership of IDEA;
§ Tracking sheet showing volunteers’ participation in development education workshops and courses, including online and webinar courses and discussions;
§ Resources and supports provided to enable volunteer reflection on experiences and placement, including:
– Distribution of Comhlámh’s Learning Journal and/or Volunteer Charter;
– Facilitation of blog post and/or podcast etc.
§ Post return provision of information and promotion of trainings on global development, social justice and ecological sustainability;
§ Accreditation or award that reflects engagement on global justice issues at home (e.g. Global Citizenship Award, #SDG Challenge, university and engagement awards or other accreditation arising from their volunteering.
§ Tracking of volunteers’ ongoing involvement in global justice issues.