What about the responsibilities of sending organisations?
A Code of Good Practice for Sending Organisations has also been developed.This sets out the responsibilities of organisations that arrange volunteerplacements, including some of the steps they take to support the VolunteerCharter. Organisations that have signed up to the Code will be willing toprovide copies of this Charter to volunteers, and to discuss the Code inexchange.
Why should volunteers support the Charter?
By agreeing to sign the Charter, you will be showing your support for theprinciples it sets out. As a volunteer, your attitude to your placement and toyour host project and community will be crucial to the success of the work youwill be involved with. Your support will help to ensure a spirit of partnership,solidarity and respect between you, your sending organisation, and the hostproject and community with which you volunteer.
Comhlámh’s Volunteer Charter
What is the Volunteer Charter?
The Charter is a guide for people who are going to volunteer overseas indeveloping countries. It sets out seven principles that aim to encourageresponsible, responsive international volunteering. Each of these principlescontains a list of questions to help you make sure that you have thoughtabout the issues raised, and to ensure that you know why they are important.
Who developed it?
The Charter has been drawn up by Comhlámh, the Irish Associationof Development Workers. Comhlámh has over 30 years’ experience ofengaging with overseas volunteers and development workers.
How was it developed?
Through extensive consultations with the three main groups involved involunteer placements: volunteers, sending organisations, and host projects.
Why has it been drawn up?
In recent years, there has been a growing interest among Irish people involunteering in developing countries. More and more people are goingoverseas as volunteers, sometimes for very short periods. Although therecan be many differences between the work done on short-term and longer-term volunteering placements, all international volunteers will be engagingwith the same broader issues. These include having realistic expectationsabout what volunteering can achieve, and adopting the role of learner andguest while overseas. The Charter encourages people to think about theseissues and to place their volunteering experiences within the wider context ofglobal development. By doing so, it aims to contribute to the improvement ofthe volunteering experiences of international volunteers and, ultimately,to the quality of life for host communities affected by volunteering. It doesnot replace sending organisations’ and host projects’ specific guidelines andrules for volunteers, but rather complements them.
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