The Code of Good Practice is open to all not-for profit Volunteer Sending Agencies which are legally registered in Ireland or Northern Ireland and have been actively sending volunteers abroad for over a year. The organisation must have a clear development aim and impact; and work to integrate development education within their volunteer programme. The agency must also be committed to child-safe volunteering including Garda/PSNI vetting of all volunteers.
Above all the organisation must show a real and meaningful commitment to integrate the Code’s values and principles within their volunteer programme by actively working towards implementing the standards, by participating as a member of the Code of Good Practice Network and by exchanging learning and expertise. Code Volunteer Sending Agencies are also encouraged to avail of training and other supports and are required to undergo annual self-auditing and regular external auditing processes in order to assess their progression.
The benefits of joining the Code of Good Practice as a Volunteer Sending Agency are multiple and include: