Global Awareness Programme

What is it?

The Global Awareness Programme is an exciting training, volunteering, and awareness raising project focusing on the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What is involved?

  • Attend 2 days training in Development issues and awareness raising
  • Volunteer for 8 weeks on a SDG project of your choice
  • Implement an awareness raising campaign around your goal back in Ireland
  • Complete a GOLD Global Citizen Award raise awareness about critical global issues

What's included?

  • Return flights
  • Accommodation and meals during volunteer project
  • Pre-departure information and support & Insurance
  • 2 training days
  • In-country airport transfers, orientation & support from experienced staff

What’s not included?

  • This is a co-funded programme and each participant will be asked to raise €1000 towards their costs.


"The Global Awareness Programme is  a journey through which global issues are brought home...The issues come home and you have the opportunity to organise your own campaigns and raise awareness about these issues on a local level. It’s about localising Global Issues." - Siobhan, 2013 GAP participant 

No. of places available: 4              Age profile: 18+ years

Travel Dates: June - August 2016              Duration: Eight weeks

Destinations: See options below

Choose one of these UN Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Good Health: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Quality Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Life on Land: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, half biodiversity loss
  • Gender Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women & girls

Volunteering abroad can challenge you in many ways - Read more about what challenging can mean at the EIL Explore website

Sustainable Development Goals good health

UNSDG: Good Health

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.

Types of Projects - UNSDG: Good Health

If you would like to apply for A GAP award you can find out more information on the EIL Explore website

Sustainable Development Goals quality education

UNSDG: Quality Education

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

Types of Projects - UNSDG: Quality Education

If you would like to apply for A GAP award you can find out more information on the EIL Explore website

Sustainable Development Goals gender equality

UNSDG: Gender Equality

While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large. 

Types of Projects - UNSDG: Gender Equality

If you would like to apply for A GAP award you can find out more information on the EIL Explore website

Sustainable Development Goals Life on Land

UNSDG: Life on Land

Forests cover 30 per cent of the Earth’s surface and in addition to providing food security and shelter, forests are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population. Thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares.

Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the fight against poverty. Efforts are being made to manage forests and combat desertification. 

Types of Projects - UNSDG: Life on Land

If you would like to apply for A GAP award you can find out more information on the EIL Explore website

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