The Careers Advisory Service has a dedicated officer to support and facilitate voluntary activity. If you would like, she will meet with you to chat about your interests and help you find something which will suit your interests, abilities and availability. Contact the Civic Engagement Officer by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Civic Engagement Office also has a website covering opportunities, testimonials, training and information for volunteers. See www.tcd.ie/Community/. There are a number of community volunteering opportunities available on campus through the Trinity Volunteer Opportunities Forum also.
In Ireland, Volunteer Centres Ireland, Volunteering Ireland, Activelink and the Wheel have online databases of voluntary opportunities and specific organisations e.g. Camphill Communities, Camara, or Mountain Meitheal are always looking for volunteers.
Abroad: If volunteering abroad interests you, there are a number of things to consider which are outlined on the Volunteering Options website. Organisations such as Suas Educational Development, OutReach Moldova, Voluntary Services Overseas and Openmind Projects offer opportunities. Bear in mind that you may need to fundraise a sum of money.
The European Voluntary Service is another option for those considering working abroad. The European Commission funds placements lasting 2-12 months in community organisations in other European countries (including language support if necessary).
Unpaid work may help you network and gain experience in areas that are hard to break into such as media, advertising or PR.
Volunteering Ireland has a database of both residential and non-residential voluntary work opportunities in Ireland.
Volunteer Centres Ireland is the national volunteer centre which collects information on volunteering and also matches individuals with opportunities which match their interests and availability.
Action without Borders has a database of international volunteer opportunities as well as links to other organisations promoting global volunteering.
Volunteering Options is a resource run by Comhlámh to help you make decisions about volunteering in developing countries and to find a supportive sending organisation.
The Wheel is a support and representative body connecting community and voluntary organisations and charities across Ireland
Activelink provides information on jobs, tenders, volunteering, events, fundraising, training, publications and funding in the non-profit sector.
See Voluntary Work in Resources section for more links.