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Global Citizen Award 2021


Global Citizen Award 2021

Global Citizen Award


At a Glance

  • Start Date:09/10/2020
  • End Date:01/05/2021
  • Closing date:02/05/2021
  • Post Updated:20/11/2020
  • Min Hours:1 hour a week
  • Role Type:Community Development

Requirements:All returned volunteers (18+) in Ireland with a minimum of 1-week overseas volunteer experience.


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.

We are running a free lunchtime webinar on December 1st 2020 1pm-2pm on Taking Collective Action on Social Justice Issues, you can sign up HERE for the event.

In this webinar we will explore what is involved with taking collective action.

  • Creating diverse and inclusive groups

  • Topics for collective action

  • Tools used to plan your action

  • Collaborating with other like-minded networks

  • Sign-posts for further action


There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions to the Global Citizen Award coordinator and a program coordinator who runs the ‘International Citizens for Local Perspectives’ (IC4LOP) Erasmus + project run by Comhlámh.

* Webinar link: This will be sent to all those registered on the 30th of November, 2020*


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
  • Raising awareness


The award is open to all returned International Volunteers (18+) in Ireland with a minimum of 1-week overseas volunteer experience with a volunteering sending agency that has signed up to the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice. You can search the list signatories to the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice  to see if you are eligible to apply for the GCA. There is no restriction on when your volunteering placement took place.

A mentor will provide you with peer learning support throughout the Global Citizen Award journey. On completion, all awardees will be recognised at a National Award Ceremony and become a part of the GCA Alumni Network.   

There are 3 achievable Award options; Bronze, Silver, or Gold with various actions tailored to suit you!

You can sign up to the GCA 2021 by clicking on our website.


  • Complete pre-departure training and debriefing workshop
  • Minimum 1 week volunteering overseas
  • 4 reflective posts (1 dedicated reflection on your development education workshop)
  • 2 action projects
  • 1 approved Development Education training workshop
  • Volunteer commitment in Ireland (min 40 hours)



  • Complete pre-departure training and debriefing workshop
  • Minimum 1 week volunteering overseas
  • 2 reflective posts
  • 2 action projects
  • Volunteer commitment in Ireland (min 10 hours) OR 1 Development Education training workshop



  • Complete pre-departure training and debriefing workshop
  • Minimum 1 weeks volunteering overseas
  • 1 reflective post
  • 1 action project


For more information you can access the GCA Handbook on our website (click HERE) which will give you further information on how to register and funding options that are available should your project require this.

Is training provided?: Yes

Minimum time commitment per week:
1 hour p/week


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Tessa Cornally

Address: Global Citizen Award, 1, Empress Place, Summerhill N, Victorian Quarter, Cork City, Co. Cork


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