Applications closed 26th March 2021

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful” – Malala Yousafzai

Act in Solidarity with your Community

Become an effective Global Citizen!

The Think Global, Act Local programme is now taking place with like-minded people from across Ireland. Together they are exploring justice, solidarity, and the Global Goals. They will benefit from continuous mentoring from experienced global justice advocates and have the opportunity to participate in virtual and in-person volunteering opportunities.

The programme includes

  • Global Citizenship Education and Personal Development Modules that enhance knowledge and skills, giving a strong grounding in global issues and how to effectively advocate for positive change.
  • In-person and virtual volunteering opportunities allowing a connection with and directly supporting communities in Ireland and in the Global South that are tackling the interlinked challenges of inequality, injustice, and the growing impact of Climate Change.
  • Continuous mentoring from experienced global justice advocates who are guiding the participant’s journey towards becoming a more active and engaged global citizen.

The Basics

  • Running from April to October, delivered over evenings and weekends (see Structure below for more information), with the option for a more significant commitment during Summer 2021.
  • Participants attend three online global forums (3 hours long each) between April and June. From July to October, will volunteer, committing a minimum of eight hours over this entire period.
  • Participants will attend two reflection sessions (3 hours long each), one in August and one in October.
  • Throughout they are engaging with fellow participants regularly, completing individual and group challenges, and be asked to deepen their knowledge through reading, watching videos, and listening to podcasts.
  • The programme is facilitated using a blended approach of virtual learning modules, interactive workshops, inspiring guest speakers, and micro-challenges to complete in their own time.
  • Opportunity to take part in a 4-8-week part-time volunteering and global citizenship experience during Summer 2021. They can volunteer locally in Ireland (with an organisation or to develop their own global citizenship action) or virtually with communities in the Global South.

For more information on this programme please contact fiachra@serve.ie.

The Structure

Saturday 10th April, 11am – 2pm (via Zoom) Global Forum 1 – Interactive workshops and activities exploring the Global Goals and issues of justice, solidarity, and civic participation.
11th April – 29th May (In your own time)

 

Complete tasks and challenges, with on-going support from your assigned mentor. Small groups sessions will be organised as needed.
Saturday 29th May, 11am – 2pm (via Zoom) Global Forum 2 – Interactive workshops and activities, going deeper into the issues and exploring opportunities for volunteering and global action.
30th May – 19th June (In your own time) Complete tasks and challenges, with on-going support from your assigned mentor. Small groups sessions will be organised as needed.
Saturday 19th June, 11am – 2pm (via Zoom or in-person TBC) Global Forum 3 – Interactive workshops and activities, continuing your global learning journey.
20th June – 1st July (In your own time) Final preparation for your volunteering and global citizenship actions, supported by your mentor.
July – September (In your own time) Engage in volunteering and global citizenship actions, supported by your mentor throughout.
August (TBC) Reflection Day.
October (TBC) Next Step Day.

Watch our Information Session to hear more about this programme

How much does it cost?

Participants are asked to pay a €25 registration fee upon acceptance of their place.

The fee covers:

  • Training Costs
  • Volunteer Support
  • Insurance
  • Refreshments (for in-person events)

What volunteer work is involved?

There are many options. During the global forums and with support from mentors, participants can identify their interests and where they would most like to volunteer. They have the opportunity to select their own volunteering opportunity or to support SERVE projects in Ireland or virtually with our partners in the Global South. Volunteering can be done individually and, where applicable, in groups. There is a high level of flexibility. Alternatively, participants can develop a global citizenship action – for example developing or joining an initiative to raise awareness about a particular issue.

Possible opportunities include

  • Developing a community garden in Cork.
  • Virtually teaching conversational English in Vietnam.
  • Virtually researching development models in Southern Africa.
  • Developing your own global citizenship action project.

What do people learn?

  • Think Global, Act Local is a non-formal learning programme and will be delivered using participatory and inclusive methods. Much of the content covered will be shaped by the interests and contributions of the participants. The issues to be explored include,
    • Poverty.
    • Quality Education.
    • Gender in Development.
    • Responsible Consumption and Sustainability.
    • Social Justice.
    • Volunteering.
    • Personal Development.
    • Values, Attitudes, and Language.

What kind of challenges are involved? 

Here are just a few examples of optional challenges that we will offer throughout the programme;

  • The Inequality Challenge – to identify and explore inequality in your own community.
  • Learn to sew or repair clothes. 
  • The 14 / 30 Day Local Food Challenge – to grow your own food or shop for locally produced food.
  • An air-mile calculation for the food you eat over a week/ month.

How much time is involved?

  • The programme runs from April to October 2021.
  • Participants will attend three online global forums (3 hours long each) between April and June.
  • From July to October, you will volunteer, committing a minimum of 8 hours over this entire period.
  • They attend two reflection sessions (3 hours long each), one in August and one in October.
  • Throughout they engage with fellow participants regularly, complete individual and group challenges, and be asked to deepen their knowledge through reading, watching videos, and listening to podcasts.

What skills are needed for this programme?

The programme is open to all above 18 years. The only criteria is a willingness to learn and engage with a group. SERVE will help identify a volunteer placement that aligns with people’s skills and the needs of our partner projects in the Global South.

Is volunteer recognition provided?

All volunteers who participate fully in the entire programme of global learning days, volunteer placement, and debriefing will be awarded a certificate in recognition of their participation.