Our organisation enables ongoing commitment to, understanding of, and engagement by volunteers in issues of global development through development education approaches.


3.1 We support and enable volunteers to engage with global development issues, including issues of social justice and ecological sustainability before, during and after their placement.

Suggested evidence (some evidence is mandatory) – Copies of/extracts or screenshots from/links to:


§  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:

        Comhlámh’s website sections including ‘Issues to Consider’  and ‘Trainings and Courses’ ; Comhlámh’s online pre-decision and post return courses, ‘Where Do I Start’  and ‘What Next’ ;

        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.


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