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Requirements:An interest in developmental, human rights and humanitarian issues, and debating
The Concern Debates encourages students and teachers to become advocates on issues relating to development, poverty, justice and human rights. Volunteers can adjudicate (judge) as many or as few debates as they wish and Debates last max one hour and take place within post-primary schools all over Ireland from 8 pm.
With 130 schools competing every year in at least four debates, adjudicators are the lifeblood of the Concern Debates programme as each debate requires three independent adjudicators.
Between October and January, the Concern Debates team will be organising over 400 individual debates and would love for you to sign up to our wonderful panel of adjudicators and hear the insightful views of today’s youth on global issues. We are always on hand in Concern Debates HQ to support existing and new adjudicators with training and any queries you may have. Download a copy of our brand new Adjudicator Handbook for more information.
Full training is provided for each volunteer adjudicator and Concern will happily provide a reference for each volunteer who participates. If you are interested in becoming an adjudicator, simply fill in our adjudicator sign up form. When a Debate is happening in your area, you will be contacted by us to check if you are free to adjudicate. If you are then available to adjudicate, Concern will send you all the details of the debate: venue, motion etc. Debates generally begin at 8 pm and are over by 9 pm.
Watch this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hL2_RE41Jg&t=4s to see how it works
Is training provided?: Yes
Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:
Generally, adjudicators will adjudicate at one debate per month (during the school year) but they are free to adjudicate at as few or as many debates as they wish.
Skills required for this role:
No expertise is required to become an adjudicator but an open mind is essential. You must be able to see both sides of an argument and be able to give constructive positive feedback.
Details of time commitment needed for role:
The debates take place in the evenings from about 7 pm, in the league phase they are held in the local schools
Minimum time commitment per week:
2 hour p/week
If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:
Name: Jennifer Flynn
Address: Concern Worldwide, 52-55 Camden Street Lower Dublin 2
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