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Our Aim

The Global Citizen Award is a development education initiative that encourages international volunteers to use their overseas experience to take action and raise awareness of global justice on their return to Ireland. Highly motivated individuals are supported to engage in local actions designed to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.  Volunteers receive Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards depending on their level of engagement.

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Our Funders

Initiated by EIL Intercultural Learning, the Global Citizen Award is sponsored by Irish Aid and supported by our partner organizations. The award is recognized 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 Global Education Committee here.

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Governance: GCA Standards and Awards Committee

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

The Standards and Awards committee is made up of a cross-section of the International volunteering sector in Ireland to ensure the inclusivity of all perspectives. More information on the Standards and Awards committee here.