Building a Voice for Student Volunteering in Ireland
Building a Voice for Student Volunteering in Ireland On November 12th and 13th, more than 50 student volunteers from 16 Universities and Institutes of Technology across the island of Ireland came together to share knowledge, ideas and effective practice, to reflect on the impact, value and significance of their volunteering and to develop a mission statement for student volunteering in Ireland. The event was a collaboration between students and staff of Trinity College Dublin, NUI, Galway, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, University of Limerick, University of Ulster and St. Angela's College Sligo. The forum- the first of its kind in Ireland- took the approach that the experts in student volunteering are the student volunteers themselves and thus the whole weekend was participative and deliberative with the keynote address being delivered by a student volunteer.
US Scholar Dr. Patti Clayton facilitated a workshop on critical reflection utilising the internationally acclaimed DEAL model she co-developed with faculty and students. Outcomes from the event are available from event sponsors Campus Engage- network for the promotion of civic engagement activities in Irish higher education. Campus Engage is also sponsoring the forthcoming WeVolunteer! Mobile Exhibition showcasing diverse student volunteering contributions to celebrate the European Year of Volunteering 2011. For further information see www.campusengage.ie .
See the Gallery for photos.