What is it?
The Global Awareness Programme is an exciting training, volunteering, and awareness raising project focusing on the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
What is involved?
- Attend 2 days training in Development issues and awareness raising
- Volunteer for 8 weeks on a SDG project of your choice
- Implement an awareness raising campaign around your goal back in Ireland
- Complete a GOLD Global Citizen Award raise awareness about global social justice issues
- Return flights
- Accommodation and meals during volunteer project
- Pre-departure information and support & Insurance
- 2 training days
- In-country airport transfers, orientation & support from experienced staff
What’s not included?
- This is a co-funded programme and each participant will be asked to raise €1000 towards their costs.
"This trip has left me with a myriad of experiences and memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Experiencing life in a contrasting culture challenges your every thought and action, it makes you think about things in a way that you never have before, opening your eyes to both the beauty and sadness that exist in our world today.." - Catriona, 2016 GAP participant
No. of places available: 4 Age profile: 18+ years
Travel Dates: June - August 2017 Duration: Eight weeks
Destinations: See options below
Choose one of these UN Sustainable Development Goals:
- Good Health: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- Quality Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
- Life on Land: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, half biodiversity loss
- Gender Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women & girls
Volunteering abroad can challenge you in many ways - Read more about what challenging can mean
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In Sept 2015, United Nations countries adopted a new sustainable development agenda committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years ; End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The new sustainable development goals could get these things done. The Global Awareness Programme offers exciting projects that focus on Good Health (goal 3), Quality Education (goal 4), Gender Equality (goal 5), Life on Land (goal 15) in a range of countries. If the Goals are going to work, everyone needs to know about them. The Global Awareness Programme supports you to TELL EVERYONE!
Types of Projects
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.
While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.
Forests cover 30 per cent of the Earth’s surface and in addition to providing food security and shelter, forests are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population. Thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares.
Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the fight against poverty. Efforts are being made to manage forests and combat desertification.