Trinity College Civic Engagement Office Civic Engagement in Trinity College Dublin As Ireland’s premier University, Trinity College Dublin lives up to its & responsibility to serve society and the community through excellence, inclusion and partnership in education, research and outreach. College Trinity Volunteering Opportunities Forum values its tradition of outreach, community engagement and social responsibility. Voluntary activity, along with other forms of engagement welcome you to with the community, ensures an added insight into societal structures, issues and problems. In addition to contributing to the resolution of problems confronting society, such activity can offer students and staff social, professional and other learning opportunities. In light of this, it is the role of the Civic Engagement Officer in the Careers Advisory Service to promote support and facilitate student and staff voluntary activity. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Trinity Volunteering Opportunities Forum Trinity Volunteering Opportunities Forum (TVOF) aims to promote volunteering among Trinity staff and students, to provide a forum for discussion of common volunteering issues and to promote collaboration between Trinity and the wider community. Volunteering whilst in College is a really rewarding way to spend your time. It gives you the chance to make new friends, to learn new skills and, most Annual Volunteering Fair importantly, to make a difference. There are currently five different volunteering societies on campus. They Monday 16 November are Suas, the Voluntary Tuition Programme, Trinity Vincent de Paul, Trinity Free Legal Advice Centre and Student 2 Student peer support programme. For more information, see www.tvof.tcdlife.ie. List of Organisations Volunteer Centres Ireland Volunteer Resources Volunteer Centres Ireland (VCI) is the national organisation with 1 Volunteer Centres Ireland responsibility for developing volunteering nationally and locally, a mandate 2 Volunteering Ireland approved and supported by the Department of Community, Rural and 3 Comhlamh Gaeltacht Affairs. We are a membership organisation, established by Opportunities in Ireland volunteer centres to co-operate and network on any issue relating to 4 Barretstown volunteer centres and volunteering in Ireland 5 Ballymun Regional Youth Resource The VCI website lets you search for volunteer opportunities according to f 6 Caring and Sharing Association where in the country you would like to volunteer, what type of time you 7 Depaul Ireland can give (including once-off availability) and what type of work interests 8 Fighting Words you. It will provide you with information on opportunities which suit you 9 Focus Ireland and VCI will follow up with the community organisation or charity you 10 Friends of the Elderly choose. For more, see www.volunteer.ie. 11 Irish Kidney Association (European Games 2010) 12 Irish Seal Sanctuary 13 Irish Wheelchair Association Volunteering Ireland 14 Special Olympics Ireland Volunteering Ireland is the National Volunteer Development Agency which 15 SVP Ozanam House & Sunshine Fund acts as a representative voice for volunteering in Ireland. It works to 16 Trócaire inspire, promote, support and celebrates voluntary activity in Ireland as a Opportunities Abroad way of strengthening participative democracy and building social capital. 17 A-Z Children’s Charity Volunteering Ireland also supports the work of Irish-based overseas 18 Camara development agencies that involve volunteers in their work through a 19 European Voluntary Service number of initiatives. 20 Habitat for Humanity Volunteering Ireland runs the Ireland Involved Awards which serve to 21 Operation Smile showcase, recognise and celebrate the work of outstanding volunteers 22 Serve across the country. 23 Suas 24 Viatores Christ Volunteering Ireland operates a volunteer centre service on the north side 25 Voluntary Service International of Dublin city. For more, see www.volunteeringireland.ie. Comhlámh Friends of the Elderly Comhlámh is an organisation concerned with global development. Its Category: Older People Volunteering options Programme aims to promote informed decision Location: 25 Bolton Street and in homes around Dublin making by potential volunteers and to develop good practice standards among volunteer sending organisations. In doing so, Comhlámh hopes to Dates: Ongoing ensure that overseas volunteering has a positive impact for the volunteer, Summer ’10 Application Deadline: No fixed deadline the sending organisation, and the host organisation and community Brief description of organisation: whether the placement is short or long term. Friends of the Elderly supports older people who live alone or who feel The Volunteering Options website can take you through every step to socially isolated. We provide a volunteer home visitation programme and becoming a volunteer and includes a searchable database of over 120 we run activities for older people at our centre on Bolton Street. organisaiton that offer volunteering placements in developing countries. What do volunteers do? You will also find the Volunteer Charter online. This document contains Volunteers visit older people at home, work in charity shop, help in office guiding principles and information to help you make an informed decision to support older people, organise and attend events for older people and prepare you for your placement. and/or engage in fundraising activities. It is also worth remembering Comhlámh when you return from Costs volunteering abroad. They run ‘moving forward’ days for returned short Not applicable. term volunteers and ‘coming home’ weekends for those who have spent over 3 months volunteering abroad. These events can help you to process Training & Support your experience, meet like-minded people and show you opportunities to We provide in-house training on our policies and systems. stay involved in global development issues now that you are home. For more, see www.volunteeringoptions.ie. Application Process Volunteers are interviewed, references are checked, photo ID and proof of address are sought, and volunteers are required to sign our code of conduct. The length of the process varies and depends on the needs of our service users at any given time. Accessibility Unfortunately, this opportunity is not accessible for persons with disabilities. Barretstown Costs Category: Children’s Charity Volunteers don’t need to raise any money to come to Barretstown to volunteer. Location: Co. Kildare Dates: 3/10 days on different dates throughout summer Training & Support All volunteers are provided with training before the children/families arrive Summer ’10 Application Deadline: Mid February on site. There is a high level of supervision by qualified staff at all times. Brief description of organisation: Application Process Barretstown is a specially-designed camp for children with serious All volunteers are interviewed, reference and police checked. We conduct illnesses- primarily cancer and serious blood diseases- from Ireland, Britain group interviews here at Barretstown. and throughout Europe, and their families. We provide a unique programme of adventure, activities and fun – backed Accessibility by the medical world - which helps children with serious illness regain their This opportunity is accessible for people with disabilities. confidence and self-esteem and has become internationally recognised as having a profound and positive impact on their lives. The medical world calls our programme ‘therapeutic recreation’, but like the campers, we know it as ‘Serious Fun’. What do volunteers do? A Volunteer Cara’s role is to relate positively to the children and young people and their families, to accompany campers in their activities and provide a fun atmosphere, support, leadership and encouragement. Assigned to a small group of children or teenagers, volunteers encourage and support them in all their activities, while making sure they're safe and supervised at all times. Most importantly volunteers help the children to have fun! Ballymun Regional Youth Resource Training & Support Category: Social / youth work / informal education The Volunteer Support Worker oversees the recruitment and support of volunteers and students on placement, both with BRYR and with youth Location: The Reco Youth Facility, Sillogue Road, Ballymun groups throughout Ballymun. Once you become a volunteer, there is a support package in place including induction, regular training options, Dates: Various individual supervision, recognition and regular volunteer group sessions. Summer ’10 Application Deadline: March 31st 2010 BRYR’s TDVS team (Michelle, the Volunteer Support Worker and Laurence, the Training & Development Officer) work with the volunteer team, both as a group and individually, to ensure volunteers are continuously Brief description of organisation: supported, developed and challenged in the work they do. Ballymun Regional Youth Resource (BRYR) is a youth work organisation working for the welfare and development of 10-21 year-olds in Ballymun. Application Process The core belief underpinning BRYR’s work is that every young person has Volunteers joining us at BRYR undertake an initial recruitment process the power within themselves to live a positive life; that the environment in which involves filling out an application form, attending an informal which young people grow up shapes their development, and that positive interview with our Volunteer Support Worker, Garda Clearance/Vetting (a relationships with and between young people are at the heart of their Child Protection measure) and reference checks. This process can take up wellbeing. Activities include youth work (on-site and outreach), art, music, to 8 weeks to complete in full, due to the slow turnaround of the Garda drama, creative IT and sporting activities. clearance forms. Accessibility What do volunteers do? This opportunity is accessible for persons with disabilities. For summer 2010, we have a variety of roles available, from leading sports and outdoor activities to assisting our art workers on art and craft projects (such as this summer’s urban art graffiti project). Other roles during our summer project include helping to supervise outings in Dublin and beyond, and working with young people through drama, art, music, games and IT at our youth facility in Ballymun, the Reco. Costs None. Caring & Sharing Association Training & Support Category: Disability/Social Induction Training (2-3 hours), manual handling and health and safety training is provided. Location: Various locations around Dublin including Swords, Malahide, Bray, Clontarf and Tallaght Application Process Dates: Year Round Volunteers must complete an application form. They will be asked to provide two referees and complete a Garda vetting form also. It usually Summer ’10 Application Deadline: none takes a few weeks to process this. Brief description of organisation: Accessibility CASA is a voluntary organization, established in 1981, whose goal is Please contact us directly on email@example.com for further details. develop friendships and social outlets for people with disabilities (both physical and intellectual) through a variety of social activities. These include regular social events, holidays, respite breaks, and pilgrimages to Lourdes What do volunteers do? Volunteers attend social activities where they work on a one to one basis with a CASA member. Volunteers can also do respite short respite breaks in our house in Malahide. Activities during the respite break vary and can include shopping, bowling, cinema and other such social pursuits. Our monthly social activities are usually held on a Sunday in a hotel where there is mass followed by lunch followed by music and dancing. Volunteers are asked to commit to attending one social activity a month between the hours of two and six. Respite breaks can be between 2 and 5 days. Costs There is no cost for attending monthly social activities. However if volunteers want to go to the Lourdes they generally pay their own fare (approx. €650). Depaul Ireland do not have to raise a specific amount. Funds raised go directly to supporting homeless people in our services. Category: Low threshold homeless services Training & Support Location: Dublin City Centre A four stage induction (4 x 2.5 hour sessions over 4 weeks) is provided for Dates: Ongoing all volunteers. This includes both organisation and project inductions. Ongoing training opportunities are available to volunteers throughout the Summer ’10 Application Deadline: February 2010 & June 2010 year. Support and supervision is provided at a project level and there are 3 to 4 project volunteer forums which take place each year. Brief description of organisation: Depaul Ireland is part of Depaul International, the parent company of a Application Process group structure which includes Depaul UK, Depaul Slovensko, Depaul Volunteers must complete an application form, provide two referees Kharkiv and Depaul USA. Depaul Ireland was founded in 2002 and was also names, and undergo Garda Vetting. The process takes place four times a sponsored by members of the Vincentian Family with the objective of year and generally the takes 8-10 weeks. providing help and support for homeless and disadvantaged people in Dublin and throughout Ireland. We operate a model of low threshold Accessibility services, keeping rules and regulations to a minimum and ensuring that A number of our opportunities are open to persons with disabilities those in need of services are able to access them. Our hope is that people depending on the project location. will be supported to realise and achieve their potential. What do volunteers do? Volunteers are involved in a variety of service based (Making the Difference volunteers) and non service based roles (More than Change) and there is a role is suit everyone, a full list of opportunities is available from the Volunteer Programme. Roles vary from musicians, hair dressers and activities assistants to being part of the tech savvy team, events team and/or fundraising team. Costs While ‘Making the Difference’ volunteers are not involved in fundraising, ‘More than Change’ volunteers are involved in these projects. Volunteers Fighting Words Costs Category: Creative writing/education Not applicable- volunteers are not involved in fundraising. Dates: Ongoing Training & Support Location: Behan Square, 13 Russell Street, Dublin 1 At our training sessions, we cover primary and secondary school programmes and we ask our more experienced volunteers to observe new Summer ’10 Application Deadline: April 2010 volunteers to ensure that the new people are confident in tutoring. The Brief description of organisation: entire session is always supervised by Fighting Words staff. Fighting Words offers free story-writing workshops for primary Application Process school students in the mornings, creative writing tutoring for All volunteers are required to complete an application form and attend for secondary students in the afternoons. We also offer a full range of week-long summer camps and will start evening and weekend a brief volunteer interview. They then attend a two-hour training session, programmes in early 2010. during which we cover our various volunteer policies, including child protection. We also check references and require Garda vetting for What do volunteers do? volunteers who work with Fighting Words for 20 hours per week or more, Teams of volunteers run all of Fighting Words’ programmes. During the including summer volunteers. academic year, volunteers work with small groups of children as they work Accessibility on their own individual writing projects, offering support and This opportunity has disability access encouragement as well as practical advice. Volunteers also lead the storytelling aspect and provide illustrations for our primary school workshops. In the summer, volunteers help design our summer camps and then spend the week working with the children on the project to be produced during the course of the week. In 2009, we made comic books, wrote plays and made films on mobile phones with students ranging in age from seven to 17. Focus Ireland Costs Category: Fundraising Challenges Event staff volunteers do not need to pay or raise any money and expenses are covered. Location: All over Ireland & UK Event participants are asked to raise €4500 as a team for both the Four Dates: June 11th-13th, July, Sept dates tbc. Peaks Challenge and the UK 3 Peaks Challenge and individuals taking part in the Highest Peak Challenge are asked to raise €450. Summer ’10 Application Deadline: To be confirmed The money is used to fund our homeless services across Ireland. Brief description of organisation: Training & Support Focus Ireland aims to advance the right of people-out-of-home to live in a Volunteers can expect to be fully briefed in advance of the event and will place they call home through quality services, research, and advocacy. The be teamed up with a member of Focus Ireland staff at the event objectives of Focus Ireland are to: respond to the needs of people out-of-home and those at risk of Application Process becoming homeless, through a range of appropriate high quality Volunteers working with our services undergo a vetting and interview services process. provide emergency transitional and long-term accommodation for For events roles, Focus will contact new volunteers for an informal chat people out-of-home before they start work. campaign and lobby for the rights of people out-of-home and the prevention of homelessness Participants in our events and challenges can register anything from 6 months to 3 weeks in advance of the event. The sooner a team or What do volunteers do? individual registers for an event, the more time they are giving themselves Volunteers play a key role at our events and challenges. For example, we to raise the minimum sponsorship. required over 100 volunteers to marshal our Fundraising Triathlon in August 2009. Volunteers also join the Focus Ireland team for our Four Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities? Peaks Challenge as event staff. While some of our opportunities are accessible, the Peak Challenges involve mountain climbing/athletic activities. We are also looking for event participants for our Four Peaks Challenge (June 2010), Highest Peak Challenge (July 2010) and UK 3 Peaks Challenge (Sept 2010). Irish Kidney Association 6th European Transplant & Dialysis Games Costs There is no absolute requirement to raise funds to be a volunteer at the 6th Category: Sport & Promotion of Organ Donor Awareness European Transplant & Dialysis Games. However, any funds raised would Location: DCU & Sports Venues in North County Dublin be appreciated and would go directly towards the costs of staging the Games. All fundraising activities to support the Games must be sanctioned Dates: 8th – 15th August 2010 before they are held. Summer ’10 Application Deadline: April 30th 2010 (First come first served) Training & Support Between May 1st and the beginning of the Games we will organise Brief description of organisation: appropriate training sessions, depending on the area the volunteer is The Irish Kidney Association is hosting the 6th European Transplant & Dialysis involved. There will be a Volunteer Manager and a Volunteer facility based Games as a means to promote healthy living amongst all transplant recipients at Games HQ in DCU. Volunteers will check in at the Volunteer Facility and (e.g. kidney, liver, lung, heart, pancreas) and people on dialysis. It is also a vehicle report directly to the Manager responsible for their area. for promoting organ donor awareness amongst the general public – to encourage people to carry an organ donor card and discuss their wishes with their next-of- Application Process kin. 24 countries invited, 350-400 athletes expected – all celebrating new life The process starts by completing an application form that will be available through sport in hard copy or to complete online from the Games website, www.2010Newlife.com. A short list will be drawn up according to the What do volunteers do? needs of the Games and the skills / experience offered by candidates. There is a huge variety of ways in which people can contribute to this Further information may be sought, including by following up references. event. Volunteers are needed for each of the following: competition There will be no under 18’s competing in the Games. We hope to have all management, venue management, administrative and logistical support, volunteer roles filled by April 30th. event services (such as safety, medical liaison, first aid etc.), social programme planning and implementation as well as the coordination of Accessibility activities & carrying out fundraising events. This opportunity is accessible for persons with disabilities. Irish Seal Sanctuary Application Process Volunteers fill in an application on our website. Depending on their Category: Animal Welfare interests we try to encourage volunteers to be self starters and once Location: Garristown & Other familiar with the charity find the area they find the most relevant to their skills and interests. Dates: Ongoing Training & Support Summer ’10 Application Deadline: ASAP As we are all volunteers we support and supervise as much as possible but prefer volunteers who feel passionate enough about the area to be able to Brief description of organisation: work independently as soon as they get to know the running of the charity. The Irish Seal Sanctuary is Ireland's only marine animal rescue and rehabilitation charity run entirely by volunteers. We rescue, rehabilitate Accessibility and release back to the wild any distressed marine animal found around Many areas of work such as website editing, ezine production, writing the country. We may not be in a position to take any more animals in the articles, etc. are accessible. New Year and will be focussing on building a centre where the work can resume. We are also involved in oil spill response planning, sea fisheries advisory and cetacean freedom campaigning, What do volunteers do? Volunteers do a broad section of work from direct care of animals, to fundraising, coordinating volunteers, selling merchandise, sitting of fisheries councils, writing policy papers, maintaining the website, producing an ezine, organising seal releases, etc. Costs Volunteers are not required to pay in order to get involved in our organisation. Those who wish to engage in fundraising activity can become involved in our Seal the Deal campaign to build a centre to house the work of the sanctuary or can raise funds to cover the costs of caring for the animals. Organisation Name: Irish Wheelchair Association Category: Disability service Application Process All volunteers are asked to complete an application form giving two Location: Clontarf and Clondalkin referees, a garda vetting form, to attend an interview and will given a copy Dates: Ongoing of our volunteer handbook. This process will take from 3 to 4 weeks. Summer ’10 Application Deadline: No specific deadline Accessibility This opportunity is accessible for persons with disabilities. Brief description of organisation: The Irish Wheelchair Association is a national organisation of and for people with a physical disability. Services that are provided are driving tuition, resource and outreach services, training, assisted living, youth and sport. This volunteer opportunity is through our youth service which provides activities and project for young people between 13 and 30 years of age. What do volunteers do? Volunteers will develop, organise and run youth café in the Clontarf and Clondalkin area. The youth café is a safe, fun and inclusive environment for young people with and without a disability. Costs There will be some fundraising activities associated with this project and all the monies raised go straight back to the youth café. Training & Support All volunteers are fully supported and supervised and all have a support person appointed to them with whom regular meetings will be held. A fully training programme will be carried out with all volunteers. This will include keeping safe training, manual handling, working with young people and health and safety. Special Olympics Ireland Costs Not relevant to volunteering with Special Olympics Ireland Category: Sport Training & Support Location: Nationwide All volunteers go through induction and are in receipt of on-going training Dates: Ongoing and support. Summer ’10 Application Deadline: End of April for National Games Application Process Potential volunteers can apply on our website to become involved. All Brief description of organisation: volunteers are subject to a criminal records check and the process can take The mission of Special Olympics Ireland is "to provide year-round sports between 8-12 weeks. training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability, giving them continuing Accessibility opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, This opportunity is accessible for persons with disabilities. experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” What do volunteers do? There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer in Special Olympics Ireland – whether it’s helping to run a club at local level, if you have a coaching qualification in a sport that we offer as part of our programme, joining a regional committee, volunteering for the National Collection Day every April or in one of our support centres, doing administration duties/making calls etc.. 2010 is a National Games year (happens every four). The Special Olympics Ireland Games in 2010 is being held in Limerick from June 9th-13th. If you are interested in volunteering for the 5 days of this you can apply now – general orientation will be held in the New Year in Limerick for all volunteers. SVP Ozanam House We offer the young people a safe, fun, learning and social environment where they can develop skills, develop new lifelong friendships and a Category: Education/ Leisure summer camp respect for themselves and those around them as well as an enhanced sense of self worth and belief that is immeasurable in today’s society. Our Location: Mountjoy Sq, D1 volunteers act as mentors and friends to the children, encouraging and Dates: Anything up to 4 weeks from July5th – 30th supporting them throughout the project. Summer ’10 Application Deadline: April 16th 2010 Costs Nothing. The project is funded by a variety of sources however we work Brief description of organisation: each year at targeting these sources and if volunteers are in a position to Ozanam House Resource Centre is a community resource centre based in assist us this is most welcome. the North Inner City and run by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Since our opening in September 2002 we have continued to develop various Training & Support programmes and projects aimed at addressing the issue of social exclusion All volunteers are required to attend an induction/information night in the centre, as well as the many needs of the local community. Projects include a attend child protection training session as well as our specific summer children’s centre, a youth group, a computer training centre, cookery project training day in advance of the project commencing. classes focusing on healthy eating, an active retirement group and a summer project. Application Process Complete the initial expression of interest form. What do volunteers do? You will then be sent an official application pack in the post which will For the past four years we have operated a successful summer projects for include the official application form. All volunteers must also be young people (5 to 13 years) from the North East Inner City. This project processed for Garda Clearance through the Garda Vetting unit – an runs daily from early morning until late afternoon. The project is activity additional form is provided for this which will be included in the based with some excursions included each week. Activities include art, application pack. cookery, computers, sports and games, swimming, Karaoke, music classes, You will then be sent invitations to the various induction and training treasure hunts, drama and sign language. We engage 1,200 children from sessions held before the project starts the local community. The children are divided into groups of 20 and each group has been lead and supported by up to 5 volunteers each. The Accessibility volunteers can also lead the classes and activities where skills allow, For the most part, this opportunity is accessible although it may depend on however most of the classes and activities are facilitated by teachers, the disability. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details allowing the volunteers to focus on the children and their enjoyment. SVP Sunshine Fund Costs Volunteers do not need to raise any money at all. The Sunshine Fund does most Category: Children’s Holiday Camp of its fundraising at the annual Advocate Collection on Palm Sunday every year. All meals and laundry service are provided free of charge for the volunteers Location: Balbriggan, Co. Dublin during their stay at Sunshine House. Dates: 1 week during 21st May-29th August Training & Support Volunteers who have been successful in the interview process and garda vetting Summer ’10 Application Deadline: April 2010 will be invited to attend a Child Protection course. This covers everything from best practice policies to possible scenarios the volunteers might encounter during Brief description of organisation: the week and strategies for dealing with them. All perspective volunteers will be The Sunshine Fund is a unique part of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Ireland. issued with an information booklet which covers in detail the routine of each day Since 1935, we have been providing summer holidays free-of-charge to children in Sunshine House. In addition to this there is a training session for all volunteers between the ages of 7 and 11 from disadvantaged areas across Dublin and when they arrive on the Saturday in advance of the children's arrival! The neighbouring counties at our holidays centre in Balbriggan- a small seaside town Volunteers department envisages ensuring that there is a mix between new north of Dublin city. More recently thanks to the efforts of our team of volunteers and experienced volunteers each week. In this way experienced volunteers, we have also been able to invite children from further afield. volunteers can help show new volunteers the ropes! What do volunteers do? Application Process Our volunteers are ordinary people from all different walks of life: some are Prospective volunteers will be asked to fill in an application form which can be students, some were in Sunshine themselves as children. Different backgrounds downloaded from our website www.sunshinefund.ie. Successful applicants will be but with many things in common: an interest in children, an ability to listen to invited to attend an interview. We will contact two references and assist you in them, a desire to provide them with the best holiday we can and a willingness to applying for Garda Vetting. After the interview process applicants will be invited give them our undivided positive attention. If you volunteer with us you would be to attend a Child Protection course. The duration of this process is 6 weeks. joining a team of 15-20 like-minded people to look after 80-100 children for a Accessibility whole week, Saturday to Saturday. From getting them up in the mornings to Yes. We aim to accommodate any disability but this is assessed on a case-by-case telling them bedtime stories at night and entertaining them in between, you will basis to ensure the safety of both volunteer and child alike. We currently have 6-7 be with the children all day except for your own mealtimes and breaks. Managing volunteers with a disability. football teams, helping to build sandcastles, painting pictures or collecting crabs, judging competitions or simply being a friendly face, there's a role for everyone. And for one volunteer that signs up, we can take eight more children on holiday. Trócaire Become a Community Representative: Category: Campaigns, Education and Fundraising Act as an ambassador for Trócaire in your local area. Support our fundraising campaigns; speak on Trócaire's behalf in your parish or Location: Throughout Ireland community; administer cheque collections from local schools; and much much more. Dates: Ongoing Costs Summer ’10 Application Deadline: n/a Volunteers are not required to fundraise or contribute financially in order to participate in our activities Brief description of organisation: Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church Training & Support in Ireland. It was set up by the Irish Catholic Bishops in 1973 to express the Volunteers will be linked to a representative from the particular unit in concern of the Irish Church for the suffering of the world's poorest and Trócaire (fundraising, education or campaigning) for ongoing training and most oppressed people. support. It is important for Trócaire to have volunteers who feel valued Trócaire’s partnership approach makes us different. We work through and enjoy their volunteering experience. We will play our part to ensure global Catholic networks and with local partners on the ground. When we this is achieved. help people, we work with them, so that they drive the entire process themselves. Solutions are not imposed on the people we help. Instead, Application Process they become the authors of their own destiny. Volunteers will be asked to fill in a ‘register of interest’ form to indicate their interest in volunteering and to help match them to our volunteering What do volunteers do? options. Trócaire will host an Orientation Day for new volunteers in the Campaign: Irish Aid office Sat 16th January 2010. Volunteers will receive training By campaigning with Trócaire you will challenge the root causes of poverty and injustice, and make a real difference in the world. Bringing about specific to their roles thereafter. change starts with you. You can help Trócaire to expose inequality, and change the factors that cause it. Accessibility This opportunity is accessible for persons with disabilities. Join our Education Team: Support our education team by running workshops in schools in your local area. Inform students of the injustices that exist in our world and what they can do to make a difference! A-Z Children’s Charity Costs Category: Healthcare/education Volunteers must pay for and book their own flights. Just €100 covers the Location: Uganda full cost of airport transfers, accommodation, (including bed, mosquito net and 3 meals a day) for the duration of your stay. Volunteers are required to Dates: 3 weeks – 2 July-23 July fundraise €2000 which goes directly to A-Z Children’s Charity programmes OR in Uganda. 23 July-13 August Training & Support Summer ’10 Application Deadline: 26/02/2010 Pre-departure inductions begin in March 2010. We provide orientation workshops to prepare volunteers for all aspects of the trip – travel considerations, cultural adjustments and specific training for work Brief description of organisation: placements. This is also a great opportunity for volunteers to get to know The mission of A-Z’s Children’s Charity’s is to provide healthcare and their team members and the A-Z Volunteer Coordinators who will also be education to vulnerable children in Uganda who are infected with or travelling to Uganda to supervise the programmes. The Coordinators affected by HIV/AIDS. Through sustainable projects, we endeavour to provide a huge amount of support and guidance whilst in Uganda – empower people to work their way out of the cycle of poverty they have volunteer been born into. Application Process What do volunteers do? Prospective volunteers must complete an application form, then they will We have specialised placements for nurses who will work in local Ugandan be contacted for an informal phone interview. All volunteers must be clinics and for teachers who’ll be posted in primary schools. Student willing to undergo Garda Vetting, as part of our Child protection Policy. nurses and teachers are very welcome. Accessibility We also have a general programme, for which no formal qualifications are Unfortunately this opportunity is not accessible for persons with mobility necessary. All volunteers will be involved in community, health and school difficulties outreach programmes and will work on a building project. We also organise cultural and social trips and provide rest days for volunteers to relax or go on safari. Camara Training & Support Category: Computers / Education Volunteers preparing for the Africa volunteer programme must complete 50 hours in Camara's workshop between February and July and must also Location : Dublin & Africa commit time to the individual training sessions for their role. Dates: Ongoing in Dublin on a flexible drop- in basis, Application Process 4-5 weeks in Africa (July - August) Potential volunteers need to complete the application form, make an IT Volunteers can also take on a 3 month internship in Dublin presentation and attend an interview. or engage in long term volunteering in Africa for a period of 2 years) Workshop volunteers need to fill in an application form come to one of our weekly inductions (20 minutes), after which they can start. For overseas Summer ’10 Application Deadline: Ongoing volunteering, we will start accepting applications in the New Year. Brief description of organisation: Camara is a registered Irish charity which strives to enhance the Accessibility educational system in Africa through Irish technology. It does this through Unfortunately, we do not have wheelchair access in the workshop. refurbishing used computers in its workshop in Dublin, then sending them However, we have volunteering opportunities in areas such as web/print to schools and educational institutions in Africa. Volunteers then travel out design for those who wish to volunteer from a remote location. to these countries to train teachers in basic to advanced ICT skills. What do volunteers do? Train teacher in basic to advanced ICT skills in areas such as PC Maintenance, Networking, Linux, Programming, Moodle Administration and Multi-media. Costs Volunteers fundraise the amount needed to cover the cost of their trip (approx. €2500) European Voluntary Service Application Process Category: Various EVS is made up of a three way partnership: the hosting organisation, Location: EU member states, South East and Eastern Europe where the young person spends the voluntary service working, the and Mediterranean partner countries. volunteer themselves and the sending organisation, which is an organisation which helps the volunteer to prepare before leaving the Dates: 2 months – 1 year (in exceptional cases 2wks +) country. Summer ’10 Application Deadline: February 2010 The sending organisation should be sourced by perspective volunteers directly. They should be non-profit making organisations and have Brief description of organisation: accreditation with the National Agency. Prospective volunteers will then Léargas is the National Agency of the Youth in Action Programme. search for a host organisation. This can be done through the European Volunteers are not hosted or sent by Léargas, rather we are the funding Commission’s database http://ec.europa.eu/youth/evs/aod/hei_en.cfm or body; assessing applications received from hosting and sending through http://www.youthnetworks.eu/. The latter offers a database of organisations. projects and place where volunteers can add profiles and hopefully be What do volunteers do? Activity varies between projects. Examples spotted by host organisations. include arts, social care, horticulture or environmental work. Once a volunteer has been accepted by a hosting organisation, an Costs application for funding has to be made to the National Agency in either the EVS does not cost a volunteer any money either before or during their hosting or sending country. experience. A small allowance is given to volunteers on a monthly or Accessibility weekly basis from the host organisation (this is part of the grant from the This opportunity is accessible for persons with disabilities. EU). Training & Support Note: Beneficiaries of this action are not just the European society but the In certain cases pre-departure training will be given to volunteers. In all organisation and the community in which the volunteer is situated. Most EVS volunteers are given training on-arrival or shortly after in the country important though is the volunteers experience and personal of their service. Also mid-way through their experience training will be development. EVS is a “learning service: throughout non formal learning offered with other EVS volunteers in that country. Every EVS host experiences young volunteers improve and or acquire competences for organisation in every country has a Mentor who is there to support the their personal, educational and professional development “(European volunteer and their learning. Commission, 2007). Operation Smile Ireland Application Process Category: Medical Potential volunteers for our medical missions are asked to fill in an application form based on their speciality (Medical / Surgical or Medical Location: Africa, India, worldwide. Records). These are sent to the credentialing office in the US for further Dates: Approx. 1 week commitment- ongoing approval. For fundraising or office volunteers, CVs are sent to either the CEO or the Summer ’10 Application Deadline: ongoing Development Officer, and volunteers are called as they are needed. Accessibility Brief description of organisation: Our fundraising events and volunteer activities are accessible. Throughout the world, Operation Smile volunteers repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families. Together, we create smiles, change lives, and heal humanity. What do volunteers do? Volunteers can do anything, from helping out in our Dublin office, to helping at fundraising events (coffee mornings, on-street collections, etc). Volunteers with extensive medical experience may also apply to participate in our medical missions. Costs At the moment all expenses are covered by Operation Smile; however, we do ask in return that our volunteers engage in a bit of fundraising to help raise support and awareness. Training & Support Extensive training is provided for medical volunteers before participating in a mission. For all other volunteers, meetings are held before any event, where roles and responsibilities are clearly outlined. SERVE Costs Volunteers must fundraise for the cost of their flight, tax and insurance, Category: Construction, education, sport, childcare, capacity contribution towards food and accommodation and post project building, advocacy, HIV/AIDS evaluation weekend. At this stage it is not possible to state an exact figure, although it will be in the range of €1,100 to €1,500. Volunteers are Location: India, Brazil, Philippines, Thailand, South Africa, encouraged and supported to fundraise beyond the cost of their flight as Mozambique, Ireland all additional funding contributes to a funding pool for the country where Dates: 4-6 weeks, July/August you volunteer. SERVE’S partners can then apply to this fund to develop their projects. Last year for every €1 raised by a SERVE volunteer, SERVE Summer ’10 Application Deadline: Those interested must attend was able to turn it into €3.47 through co-funding and additional funds. info session in Nov/Dec 09. Brief description of organisation: Training & Support SERVE is a development and volunteering organisation committed to SERVE provides 3 pre-departure training days. Attendance at these training tackling poverty in the majority world. We strive to do this by working in days is compulsory. At these days volunteers will meet their group, leaders solidarity, service and partnership with marginalised and oppressed and will learn about their placement etc. SERVE volunteers take part in communities, empowering them to tackle the root causes of poverty and group projects i.e. we go as a group and return as a group (SERVE does not injustice. SERVE’S specific focus is towards gender equality, children and facilitate individual travel in country after the volunteering project ends). young people. Experienced leaders accompany every group and comprehensive in country support is available from partner organisations. What do volunteers do? The nature of the volunteer work that volunteers engage in will depend on Application Process the country destination. Volunteers assigned to programme countries are based on matching the needs of partners with the skills’ base of volunteers Interested volunteers must attend a SERVE presentation which will take SERVE’s volunteers support our overseas partner’s response to: place in November/December 2009. Application forms can be completed at this session. Following this, interested volunteers will be invited to 1. Street Children 6. Income Generation attend an interview in early/mid-December. Group selection will take place 2. HIV/AIDS 7. Health in late December and volunteers will know if their application has been 3. Education 8. Gender successful by late December/early January. 4. Disability 9. Homelessness 5. Youth Development 10. Skills training / Capacity Building Accessibility This opportunity is accessible for people with disabilities. Contact SERVE for further details. SUAS Training & Support The four month period from February to mid-June forms the Preparation Category: Education Phase. This includes teamwork, leadership development, teaching, project Location: India, Kenya management, Health & Safety etc. Dates: 10 weeks Overseas (June – Aug 2010) Suas also provides significant fundraising support A fundraising mentor per team; Specific fundraising sessions including: event planning, time Summer ’10 Application Deadline: December 21st 5pm management and goal setting; Monthly updates to support volunteers' Brief description of organisation: progress; Assistance from the office in booking events, bag packs, table Founded in 2002, Suas Educational Development is a movement dedicated quizzes etc. to supporting high quality education in targeted under-resourced communities, with programmes in India, Ireland and Kenya. The Suas Also, the Global Perspectives (Development Education) theme offers an Volunteer Programme provides an opportunity to volunteer in a exciting opportunity to learn more about Development: to go on field trips, community-based school or educational project in India or Kenya, for ten take part in workshops and meetings with a wide cross-section of people weeks, while learning about different cultures. It offers the possibility to from the public, private and non-governmental sectors while overseas. develop personal and professional skills, to work in a team, and to learn about the challenges and opportunities of International Development. At the end of the summer, Many Volunteers return to Ireland with enhanced professional and interpersonal skills, as well as a new confidence What do volunteers do? in their ability to work together to make a difference. 100% of volunteers Volunteers generally work with teachers in a classroom for an average of reporting that they have gained skills they feel will benefit them in 40 hours per week; assisting with curricular activities; providing one-to- pursuing their chosen career. one support to children; as well as extra-curricular activities; summer camps, Soccer, Hurling, basketball, drama, arts & crafts etc. In addition, Application Process some volunteers work on research, finance, web & IT support. Application form and those shortlisted are then interviewed (both group and individual). Costs Accessibility €2995: Your contribution covers: Flights, Accommodation, Insurance, The programme is a physically and psychologically demanding experience. Training, Global Perspectives expenses (week of in-country workshops Therefore all volunteers are required to attend a health screening with facilitated by the UN), Coordinators and in-country support, and a their GP in advance of their departure, to certify that they are both contribution towards the running costs of the programme. physically & psychologically fit to travel and take part in the programme. Viatores Christi Application Process Those interested in joining the Viatores Christi training programme must Category: Overseas Development firstly attend an information seminar. These are held three times per year Location: Africa, Asia and Latin America in May, September and December throughout Ireland. The next Dublin session will be held on Saturday 5th December. Duration: 1-2 Years after completing a training programme There are two intakes of trainees each year in January and September. Summer ’10 Application Deadline: 6th January ’10 Entry to the programme can only occur after attending an Information Seminar and the programme enrolment form is fully completed and returned with a photograph attached. Brief description of organisation: Viatores Christi, a Catholic volunteer association, recruits, trains and sends Trainees must be 21 years of age or over. volunteers from all backgrounds with transferable skills to work in areas of need overseas for a minimum of 1-2 years. Training & Support We provide training, placements, contracts, and a small amount of funding We seek skilled people over 21 who are committed to freedom, peace and and full support while overseas. Our training programme consists of six justice in the creation of a better world. Volunteers are people who are weekend workshops: flexible, use initiative, willing to work under sometimes difficult circumstances, have practical experience of voluntary work at home are 1. Global Awareness 15 - 17 January 2010 motivated by Christian values. 2. Community Development 12 - 14 February 2010 3. Challenge Commitment & Conflict 12 - 14 March 2010 What do volunteers do? 4. Mission 16 - 18 April 2010 We seek people from all disciplines for various roles in developing 5. Health 14 - 16 May 2010 countries (see our website www.viatoreschristi.com for further details) 6. Cultural Adaptation 11 - 13 June 2010 Apart from carrying a defined assignment; volunteers must also become involved in the local community. Accessibility This opportunity is accessible for persons with disabilities. Costs Our course fee is €400 with a 20% discount for unwaged and can be paid in instalments. This covers the costs of course facilitators, materials and meals. While overseas Viatores Christi will aim to provide a monthly local living allowance. Flights, insurance and inoculations are generally also covered by Viatores Christi. Voluntary Service International Costs Dates: Year-round Various fees for different programmes- please see www.vsi.ie . Location: Ireland, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, North Training & Support America, Australia) Varies for the different programmes- please see www.vsi.ie. Category: Various including: Development Education; Anti- Racism; Solidarity; Peace; Work with people with Application Process Disabilities; Work with Children, Ecological & Various application process and preparation/ training for different programmes, Environmental; Work with Young People and Elderly please see www.vsi.ie. Volunteers working with children/ vulnerable adults People; Community Development, Arts, Culture; Local will be vetted, this can take up to 8 weeks if Garda clearance is required, History. please contact VSI. Summer ’10 Application Deadline: Ongoing Accessibility (Some programmes on first come first served basis) VSI actively supports disabled volunteers and many of our projects are wheelchair accessible/ suitable for people with various disabilities, please contact Helen Walmsley: email@example.com 01 855 1011, 086 264 3610. Brief description of organisation: Voluntary Service International (VSI) is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide movement working for peace and international understanding through international voluntary service projects. VSI’s mission is to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding through volunteering in Ireland and internationally. Our programmes are: International Volunteer Projects; Africa, Asia, Latin America/ Development Education; Long-Term Volunteering; Teenage Programme (for young people with fewer opportunities); Dublin Local Group (painting and decorating locally). What do volunteers do? Varied - see above and www.vsi.ie.