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Volunteer Adjudicator - Concern Debates

Concern Worldwide

About Concern Worldwide

Concern Wordwide is an international organisation dedicated to reducing suffering and working towards elimination of extreme poverty.

What's Involved

The Concern Debates is Concern Worldwide’s flagship schools activity with 120 secondary schools across Ireland taking part annually. The Debates give senior cycle students the opportunity to research and debate issues of global justice and human development.

The Concern Debates are judged by volunteer adjudicators who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are presently recruiting volunteers to join our panel. No experience is necessary. It’s a great way to learn more about development issues and an opportunity to hear the views of young people.

Debates take place in schools Monday through Thursday evenings from October to May. The League Phase, when we need most of our volunteers as each school takes part in 4 debates, runs from October to January and then the Knockout Phase, involving fewer schools, takes place from February to May.

Each debate is judged by three adjudicators so when you are new you will be put on a panel with experienced adjudicators to assist you. Generally volunteers will do one or two debates a month although you are free to do more or less if you wish. There are over 700 opportunities to adjudicate throughout the school year. Adjudicator training takes place throughout the country in September and October, please visit or contact us at 01 417 7733 for more details.
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We are currently recruiting for new adjudicators and will be running training and information sessions in September and October.

To Apply
To find out more about becoming an Adjudicator and download your application form, visit our website here

What's required for this position

• An open mind is essential – ability to see both sides of an argument
• Good listener and ability to evaluate
• Be able to give constructive criticism and feedback

The following can be helpful but are not required:
• Access to your own transport – some schools are off the beaten track.
• Experience with debating or public speaking
• An interest in development issues or world politics

Download an application form here

  • Education/ Training
  • Personable Skills
  • Youth/ Childcare

Level of English required for this role:
Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: Flexible

Hours required: 2hrs Monthly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:

Also available in these counties
Offaly, Louth, Kilkenny, Wexford, Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Mayo, Carlow, Westmeath, Dublin - Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown, Kerry, Dublin - Fingal, Kildare, Leitrim, Sligo, Wicklow, Galway, Roscommon, Meath, Limerick, Dublin - South Dublin County, Dublin - City, Cork, Donegal, Laois, Waterford

Screening details for this role:

  • Informal Interviews
  • Application Form

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Initial induction and training
  • Ongoing training opportunities

Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role

  • Physical Disability

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

The chance to encourage and support young people in Ireland to become active global citizens.
An opportunity to hear the views of young people.
Knowledge and deeper understanding of a wide range of global issues.

Apply Now Click the apply now button to register your interest in this opportunity.
  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
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