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Volunteering

  • There are so many diverse voluntary opportunities that there is definitely something out there for you. There are opportunities both at home and abroad, short term and long term, regular and once off. The first thing to do is decide what kind of work interests you and what you want to get out of it

  • The Civic Engagement Office has a website covering opportunities, testimonials, training and information for volunteers. See http://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. Friends of the Elderly, 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, EIL Intercultural Learning and Openmind Projects offer opportunities. Bear in mind that you may need to fundraise a specific 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.

 

Related Resources

  • Volunteer Opportunities Fair download Volunteer Fair Booklet at www.tcd.ie/Community/opportunities/ for details on a range of organisations who have opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

  • Trinity Volunteer Opportunities Forum is a student initiative which works to promote the spirit of volunteerism across campus and to support current community volunteering activities within Trinity.

  • 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.

  • Volunteering Ireland has a database of both residential and non-residential voluntary work opportunities in Ireland.

  • 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.

 


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Last Updated: 30-Jul-2013