what is the Global Citizen Award?

The Global Citizen Award (GCA) is a programme that encourages international volunteers to use their overseas experience to take action and raise awareness of global justice on their return to Ireland. There are 3 levels of the GCA, each with various requirements. These will be outlined on page 11 of the handbook.

The GCA is about:

  • Promoting The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Global Justice
  • Highlighting the interdependence of the Global North and the Global South
  • Critically reflecting on global social justice issues
  • Global Solidarity
  • Change Making
  • Advocacy and awareness raising
who is it for?

The Global Citizen Award is for all international volunteers (18+) with minimum of 3 weeks overseas volunteer experience* who are up for a challenge and new experience! Your 3 weeks can be built up cumulatively, allowing you to reflect on your experience over time without restriction on when you went volunteering. Volunteer sending agency must be signatory of the Comhlamh Code of Good Practice. If you are unsure please contact your volunteer sending agency or see www.comhlamh.org for more info.

why do it?

There are many issues facing the world today. From climate change, to poverty, to homelessness, war and many more which affect people on both local and global levels. The Global Citizen Awards highlights and raises awareness around these issues.

The partner organisations that make up the GCA are working towards a fairer, more sustainable world. To do this, Ireland will need informed active citizens that are capable of critically reflecting on the issues and create solutions to the wide range of issues. Returned International volunteers offer a unique opportunity to link local and global issues and use their overseas experience to create change in their local communities in Ireland.

What will I get from it?

  • Champion global justice issues that you are passionate about.

  • Increased knowledge about the Sustainable Development Goals and

    development issues.

  • Social media, advocacy and reflective post writing skills.

  • Network and make connections with like-minded people.

  • Obtain a personal achievement - Awardees will be recognised at a National

    Award Ceremony and become a part of the GCA Alumni Network.