SERVE Think Global Act Local Programme

Applications open March 3rd @ 8pm

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

Act in Solidarity with your Community

Become an effective Global Citizen!

Join Think Global, Act Local and meet like-minded people from across Ireland. Together you will explore justice, solidarity, and the Global Goals. You 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 your knowledge and skills, giving you a strong grounding in global issues and how to effectively advocate for positive change.
  • In-person and virtual volunteering opportunities allowing you to connect with and directly support 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 will guide you on your journey towards becoming a more active and engaged global citizen.

The Basics

  • Runs 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 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 eight hours over this entire period.
  • Participants will attend two reflection sessions (3 hours long each), one in August and one in October. Throughout you will engage with your fellow participants regularly, complete individual and group challenges, and be asked to deepen your knowledge through reading, watching videos, and listening to podcasts – nothing too laborious.
  • The programme is facilitated using a blended approach of virtual learning modules, interactive workshops, inspiring guest speakers, and micro-challenges to complete in your own time.
  • Opportunity to take part in a 4-8-week part-time volunteering and global citizenship experience during Summer 2021. You can volunteer locally in Ireland (with an organisation or to develop your own global citizenship action) or virtually with communities in the Global South.

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) 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.

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 will I be doing?

There are many options. During the global forums and with support from your mentor, you will be supported to identify your interests and where you would most like to volunteer. You will have the opportunity to select your 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 will be a high level of flexibility. Alternatively, you can opt to develop a global citizenship action – for example developing or joining an initiative to raise awareness about a particular issue You must commit to a minimum of 8 hours volunteering or global citizenship action during Summer 2021.

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 will I 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.

How much time do I have to commit?

  • The programme runs from April to October.
  • 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.
  • You will attend online two reflection sessions (3 hours long each), one in August and one in October.
  • Throughout you will engage with your fellow participants regularly, complete individual and group challenges, and be asked to deepen your knowledge through reading, watching videos, and listening to podcasts – nothing too laborious.

What skills do I need to participate?

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 you identify a volunteer placement that aligns with your skills and the needs of our partner projects.

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.