1 – Applicants must have volunteered with an Irish Volunteer Sending Agency who is a Comhlámh Code of Good Practice signatory and have completed pre-departure and debriefing training.
2 – Applicants must be over 18 years old to complete the GCA.
3 – Applicants must have at least 1 week overseas volunteer experience.
4 – Applicants must provide a reference from their Volunteer Sending Agency detailing the dates they volunteered and where.
5 – Applicants must complete a minimum of two of the following;
- GCA online webinar training,
- Attend the GCA orientation
- An in depth meeting with a mentor or Standards and Awards committee member.
6 – Full details of action projects including dates, pictures and resources must be supplied. These must take place in Ireland.
7 – A letter stating the number of hours and nature of the volunteering commitment in Ireland needs to be supplied for Gold and Silver applicants who have chosen that option.
8 – Following on from your volunteering experience, the core values of Human Rights, Solidarity, Respect, Social justice, Ecological sustainability and Integrity are central to Global Citizen Award.
9 – The Global Citizen Award is an advocate of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and encourages participants to use them as a framework of reference for all awards.
10 – Development Education (DE) enables people to understand the world around them and to act to transform it. It engages people through a process of interaction, reflection and action towards supporting Global Justice*. DE should be a core element of the participant’s work included their preparation, volunteering and should shape and guide their reflections on their experience and be evident in their reflective posts.
11 – Silver and Gold applicants must be able to demonstrate contact with their GCA Mentor. There needs to be at least three compulsory contacts with the mentor. These need to be named and dated and filled into the GCA application form. They can be by email, call or in person.
12 – If you are referencing other people’s work, you need to reference this appropriately, using a citation hyperlink to a reliable source. Plagiarism will not be accepted.
*IDEA online (2019) https://www.ideaonline.ie/development-education/