What is it?
The Global Citizen Award is a personal development award that enables you to share your overseas volunteering experiences and help raise awareness of global issues in Ireland. The Award is free and open to all returned international volunteers. It offers you an opportunity to take what you have experienced overseas and continue to make a difference to Global Justice issues right here at home.
Is there a cost?
No, the Global Citizen Award is FREE to register and take part in. There is also a Seed Fund available twice a year to help support your award actions.
When is the deadline?
Sunday 14th February 2016 is the deadline to fill in the online report form (pdf version also available) for the 2016 awards.
PS. Don’t worry If you have signed up for silver or gold but don’t think you can complete it in full before this date – you can put in details about upcoming actions you have planned or you can always fill in the report and receive bronze this year and continue with your actions in 2016 to receive a higher award in 2017!
I won’t have all my aawaractions completed before the deadline!
Don’t worry If you have signed up for silver or gold but don’t think you can complete it in full before the deadline date.
a) you can put in details about upcoming actions you have planned
b) you can always fill in the report and receive a lower award this year that meets the actions you have completed to date, and then continue with your actions throughout the year to receive a higher award in the following year.
What is the GCA?
The Global Citizen Award GCA aims to mobilise returned international volunteers, to inspire members of the Irish public, and to become more active global citizens by increasing their understanding of global issues. If you would like to learn more about the Global Citizen Award, please visit why do it section of our website. If you would like to know more about becoming a partner, please visit the why become a partner section of the website.
What is a global blog?
Your Global Blog is a key part of the Global Citizen Award for each award (bronze, silver and gold). A global blog doesn’t have to be written… it can be a picture blog or video blog- however best tells your global story or theme in whatever means works best for YOU!
Need help with how to write a global blog?
Take a look at the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development for help and ideas on themes which might help inform your global blog.
What is an action project?
An Action Project involves taking your experience and learning from abroad and sharing it with your community upon return. It is very flexible and open to your interests, skills and capacity.
The aims of an Action Project:
- Help you to get the most out of your experience – enrich your life
- Provide you with a chance to reflect and to actively process your experience abroad – self reflect
- Encourage you to give back – be a Global Citizen
Check out some past case studies to get ideas for action projects for your GCA!
How do I upload my blog?
Your Global Blog is a key part of the Global Citizen Award for each award (bronze, silver and gold). If you have a global blog ready simply upload it on the blog page.
I’m finished my award actions – what do I do next?
Once all your Award actions are complete, you will need to fill in your Award report. This report will be reviewed by the The Standards and Conferring Committee. Following this we will be in touch with the date and more information on receiving your award at the National Award Ceremony!
Who is the GCA for?
All returned volunteers (18+) in Ireland with a minimum of 3 weeks overseas volunteer experience. Your 3 weeks can be built up cumulatively, allowing your award to be reflective without restriction on when you went volunteering.
What will I get from it?
- The chance to explain and share your volunteering stories and memories with others, and in turn inspire and educate them on the global issues you have witnessed!
- Gain even more from your volunteering experience and develop extra skills!
- Obtain a personal achievement – Awardees will be recognised at a National Award Ceremony!
What award options are there?
Global Citizen Award Levels
There are 3 achievable award options; Bronze, Silver or Gold with various actions tailored to suit you! See the actions required for each award here.