About the Global Citizen Award

Our Aim:

The Global Citizen Award aims to mobilise returned international volunteers, to inspire members of the Irish public, and to become more active global citizens by increasing their understanding of global issues. If you would like to learn more about the Global Citizen Award, please visit why do it section of our website. If you would like to know more about becoming a partner, please visit the why become a partner section of the website.

We aim to make the Global Citizen Award open and accessible to all returned volunteers in Ireland. The International Volunteering sector is growing in Ireland and Europe with approximately 2000 volunteers travelling from Ireland annually. This group represents an under-utilised resource of development education multipliers who are based in the heart of local communities.

Returned volunteers have the potential to become multipliers for development education critically engaging with the issues, raising interest and awareness in global justice issues and taking actions for change.” - The Role of Volunteers in International Development, VSO, 2013

About the Global Citizen Award?

Our funders:

Initiated by EIL Intercultural Learning, the Global Citizen Award is sponsored by Irish Aid and supported by our partner organisations. The award is recognised by Comhlámh and IDEA. For more information on our supporters see our supporters page here.

The Global Education Committee:

The Global Citizen Award has been developed by EIL Intercultural Learning’s Global Education Committee as a Development Education initiative. The EIL Global Education Committee is made up of a core group of previous international volunteers with a passion for Development Education. Members of the Global Education Committee support the Award and its participants through mentorship, resources, events and workshops. More information on the Glo Ed Committee here. 

Governance: The Global Citizen Award Standards and Conferring Committee

Leadership for the award will be provided by the Global Education Committee, and the Global Citizen Award Standards and Conferring Committee. The responsibility of the Committee is to ensure that quality is maintained, and confer Global Citizen Award applications to returned International Volunteers. 

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The Standards and Conferring committee is made up of a cross-section of the International volunteering sector in Ireland to ensure inclusivity of all perspectives. Current members are;



Lorraine Tansey, Student Volunteer Coordinator, ALIVE : NUI Galway’s Student Volunteering Programme. Image result for Lorraine Tansey

Lorraine Tansey is the Student Volunteer Coordinator of the Community Knowledge Initiative. Lorraine has a Masters in Education from the University of British Columbia, Canada, with a specialty in the Internationalisation of Higher Education. Lorraine earned her BA in Legal Science and Sociological & Political Studies, and LLB from NUI Galway. As the coordinator of NUI Galway’s student volunteering programme, ALIVE, Lorraine has developed a number of resources to support student volunteers.

Image result for Caroline O’Connor UCDVO Charity ManagerCaroline O’Connor, UCDVO Charity Manager.

Caroline began working as Manager of UCDVO in March 2009. She took part in the Delhi 2004 project and graduated from UCD in the same year. Caroline completed a Masters Degree in International Education and Development at the University of Sussex in 2006. She has also spent time teaching English at university-level in China, interning with UNICEF India and working in research and development for Irish charities. Caroline has led volunteer groups in India and Tanzania, and has worked closely with all UCDVO’s partner NGOs to plan and evaluate volunteer programmes.

Stephen Cassidy, Volunteer Programme Project Manager at Suas Educational Development. Image result for Stephen Cassidy Suas dublin

Stephen was a volunteer on the Suas Volunteer Programme 2006, working in Kongowea Primary School in Mombasa, Kenya, and again with DAS in Kolkata, India, in 2007. He stayed involved with the programme in various ways over the years before joining as Project Manager in 2014. A former medical student, he has an LLM in International Human Rights Law and has worked in a number of non-profits operating both in Ireland and internationally.

Fiona MaherFiona Maher, Communications Manager, Chernobyl Children International.

Chernobyl Children International (CCI) was established by Adi Roche in 1991 to give support and hope to children living in the aftermath of the Chernobyl meltdown. April 26th 2016 will mark the 30th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident in Reactor No.4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Fiona is Communications Manager CCI with a strong academic background highlighted through a Masters of Arts studies in Journalism. She has a Passion for travel and researching International issues. 

Siobhán Hughes, Communications Officer at SERVE in Solidarity (Ireland). Siobhán Hughes

SERVE is a development and volunteering organisation committed to tackling poverty in the developing world. We strive to do this by working in solidarity, service and partnership with marginalised and oppressed communities, empowering them to tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice. SERVE focuses specifically on programmes and projects that help communities enhance the lives of children and young people and recognises that gender equality is pivotal to achieving justice, equality and sustainable development. Siobhán is communication officer at Serve.  

Grainne O'NeillGráinne O’ Neill, Volunteer Engagement worker with Comhlámh.

Gráinne is the Volunteer Engagement Project Officer, mainly working with volunteers and development workers on their return through hosting the Coming Home Weekends, the What Next courses, and supporting Volunteer Sending Agencies for the coming home part of their volunteer trainings.

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Evelyn PowerEvelyn Power, Global Citizen Award Coordinator at EIL.

Evelyn graduated from UCC with a BA in History of Art and Archaeology and holds a Masters in Arts Policy and Practice from NUIG. With a background in the Arts she previously managed a variety of projects in Garter Lane Arts Centre, axis:Ballymun, The Hugh Lane, and Dublin City Council Arts Office and is passionate about supporting educational experiences and fostering lifelong learning. In the position of Global Citizen Award Coordinator Evelyn offers ongoing support to partners and participants as well as managing the innovative GCA programme as it expands and develops.

We are delighted to have such a vibrant, committed and range in sector representatives conferring the Global Citizen Award applications!

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