Global Citizenship is about increasing awareness and understanding of the rapidly changing and unequal world in which we live. It also encourages people to think critically about what connects the lives of people, rich and poor, across the world. After participating in our programmes, you become a part of the EIL Network and you are invited to take part in global citizenship activities promoting global justice and respect among the peoples of the world. Act with us for a more just and equal society; you can make a difference!

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Time spent Volunteering overseas is a life changing event that will stay with you for a lifetime but the journey doesn’t end there! Once you return home to Ireland you can make use of the unique experience you have had and the perspective you have gained by supporting local and national organisations in Ireland. Your valuable insight into the issues of global justice can help raise awareness here, break stereotypes and prejudices and highlight the courage and lives of the people in the communities you lived in.

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Development Education

Development Education is a lifelong educational process which aims to increase public awareness and understanding of the rapidly changing, interdependent and unequal world in which we live. By challenging stereotypes and encouraging independent thinking, Development Education helps people to critically explore how global justice issues interlink with their everyday lives. Informed and engaged citizens are best placed to address complex social, economic and environmental issues linked to development.
Make a difference – Think Global, Act Local! 

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Global Citizen Award

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.


Global Citizen Award

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 and awareness raising
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EIL Seed Fund


At EIL we believe that perhaps the most significant part of a short-term volunteer programme actually begins when participants return home to Ireland

Seed Fund

The EIL Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme exists to assist returned volunteers and change-makers to overcome barriers by providing successful applicants with funding, guidance and support to implement their own awareness-raising projects in Ireland. Volunteers can apply to the Seed Fund as individuals or as part of a group.

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Action at Home


Action at Home

The EIL Development Education Programme engages and empowers its members to act as global awareness educators, advocates and multipliers in their communities and among the wider public. Each year EIL members organise awareness raising events with the aim of broadening understanding of the complexity of global issues.

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Network Weekends



Network Weekends

In November each year EIL network members and staff come together for engaging Development Education workshops,
activities, debates, information on global issues and lots of fun at the network weekends. The weekend’s activities and workshops are facilitated and hosted by the EIL Global Education Committee.

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What are the SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it ís important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030. Click on any specific Goal below to learn more about each issue.

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