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Trinity Volunteer Fair 2011

October 2011

Big thank you to all the organisations and potential volunteers who attended the Annual Volunteer Fair on Campus which took place in the Graduate Memorial Building (GMB) from 12pm to 3pm on Thursday 20th of October. Summer opportunities abroad were showcased by EIL Intercultural Learning, Outreach Moldova and Habitat for Humanity among others. Local organisations who were seeking to recruit volunteers include Engineers Ireland, , Foróige and the Le Chéile mentoring programme for young people involved with the probation service.

This fair was organised by the Civic Engagement Officer, Careers Advisory Service in conjunction with the Trinity Volunteer Opportunities Forum. Click on the links below for further details of each organisation. For further information contact volunteer@tcd.ie.

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Volunteer Centres

Interested in volunteering but having difficulties finding a suitable volunteering opportunity?  Your local volunteer centre can help!

Dublin City North Volunteer Centre

The volunteer centre offers a range of supports and services to volunteers and volunteer involving organizations alike at a local level in the Dublin City North area. The centre works on the basis that volunteering is essential in developing and maintaining strong communities.  The centre promotes volunteering locally, and provides a placement service helping volunteers find opportunities to get involved in the type of work of their choosing.

Dublin City North Volunteer Centre
Coleraine House, Coleraine St, Dublin 7
Tel. 01 872 2622
Email: placement@volunteeringireland.ie 
www.volunteeringireland.ie

Dublin City South Volunteer Centre

The volunteer centre provides a list of opportunities for Dublin South city including Dublin 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12. Feel free to drop into 76 Thomas St (10 minutes walk from Trinity) or visit the centre’s website to get an idea of the kinds of things you can do. Once you register and apply for volunteer roles which interest you, staff of the centre will contact the organisation on your behalf and ask them to follow up with you directly.

Dublin City South Volunteer Centre
76 Thomas St, Dublin 8
Tel. 01 473 7482 or 087 752 3693
Email: info@volunteerdublin.ie
Website: www.dublincitysouth.ie

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Comhlámh

Comhlámh is a member and supporter organisation open to anyone interested in social justice, human rights and global development issues. It runs a Volunteering Options programme which aims to promote responsible, responsive international volunteering and to develop good practice standards among volunteer sending organisations. In doing so, the hope is to ensure that overseas volunteering has a positive impact for the volunteer, the sending organisation, and the host project and community.

Comhlámh provides pre-decision and pre-departure training for volunteers as well as training and support upon return home.  Counselling, debriefing and careers signposting services are also available for returning volunteers. Comhlámh encourages returned volunteers to stay engaged and provide opportunities for them to advocate for global justice from Ireland. There are also social events for returned volunteers and Comhlámh members.

The Comhlámh Code of Good Practice for Volunteer Sending Organisations is a self-auditing tool used by sending agencies to ensure that overseas volunteering has a positive impact for the volunteer, the sending organisation and the host project and community. The Comhlámh Volunteer Charter sets out seven best practice principles to be observed by volunteers to encourage responsible, responsive international volunteering.  Both of these documents are widely respected and implemented in the overseas volunteering sector in Ireland and internationally.

Comhlámh
2nd floor, Ballast House, Aston Quay, Dublin 2
Tel. (01) 478 3490
Email: volops@comhlamh.org
Website: www.volunteeringoptions.org and www.comhlamh.org

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AIM Family Services

Category:                             Free Legal Information
Location:                              64 Dame Street, Dublin 2
Dates:                                   One morning a week, 10am-1pm
Application Deadline:          20th of November 2011
Website:                               www.aimfamilyservices.ie

Brief description of organisation:
AIM Family Services was founded in 1972. AIM is a voluntary organisation which offers a non-denominational couple & individual counselling, family mediation and legal information service to people experiencing marital, relationship and family problems.
We provide family law information free of charge and specialise in
low-cost counselling and mediation. Our drop-in centre has been
operating since 1975. Our Free Legal Helpline and Drop- In Centre takes place from Monday to Friday 10am-1pm.

What do volunteers do?
Volunteers run the legal information help-line, answering calls, discussing callers, legal queries and providing appropriate legal information
Volunteers also provide legal information to people who call in person
to our drop-in centre.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Volunteers need not raise any money.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?
No out of pocket expenses envisaged.  If they do occur they will be considered on a case by case basis.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
There is a period of probation and training lasting not less than 6
months. Each volunteer is assigned a mentor who will be their guide
for the probationary period. New members must undergo training and
become conversant with family law. Mentors monitor all interaction
with callers during the probationary period.

Please explain the application process.
Potential volunteers must complete an application form that includes
the names of two referees. Suitable candidates will be invited for an
interview.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          Yes
AIM is an equal opportunities organisation and persons with disabilities will be accommodated where reasonably possible. Our offices are located on the first floor and second floor, an elevator is in operation only to the first floor. 

What volunteer policies are in place?
AIM has a health & safety policy and an internal complaints & appeals
procedure for volunteers.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
AIM Family Service has Public Liability Insurance for all members of AIM.

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Bradóg Regional Youth Service

Category:                               Youth Service
Location:                                34 Dominick Place, Dublin 1
Dates:                                     Dependent on volunteer
Application Deadline:            None
Website:                                 www.bradog.com

Brief description of organisation:
Bradóg youth service is a non-profit organisation which works with young people aged 10 – 21. Bradóg Regional Youth Service seeks to support young people within the North West and Central Inner City area who voluntarily choose to participate in a range of structured activities based on individual needs and lifestyles, enabling young people to reach their fullest potential

What do volunteers do?
The volunteer’s role is as a support to the youth workers in the planning, running and evaluation of a large number of varied programmes including drop-ins, sports, digital media, health, non-formal education, etc. The volunteers will be working directly with the young people. Each volunteer’s level of participation is individual and tailored to suit the time commitment they can give and also their interests.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Nothing

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?   
Yes

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
All volunteers will receive Child Protection and Leadership Training. In addition Bradóg will offer volunteers opportunities to take part in local, national and European opportunities.

Please explain the application process.
All potential volunteers must complete a volunteer application form (providing two references) and a volunteer agreement form. In addition all persons working with young people, including volunteers, must complete a Garda Vetting check. Volunteers cannot start working with young people until the vetting process is completed When this is done volunteers will be given a full induction prior to starting their work. All volunteers will be subject to a four month probationary period. 

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          Yes

What volunteer policies are in place?
Bradóg has a Volunteer Agreement Form, a Volunteer Charter and a Volunteer Policy in place. In addition volunteers are subject to other policies in place within the organisation such as Child Protection Policy, Health and Safety Policy, etc and all will be fully explained to each volunteer in their induction

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
All volunteers are fully covered under the organisation’s insurance.

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Conservation Volunteers Dublin

Category:                               Environment
Location:                                All over Dublin
Dates:                                     Every Saturday throughout the year
Application Deadline:            None
Website:                                 www.conservationvolunteers.ie

Brief description of organisation:
The Conservation Volunteers are an organisation that carries out practical nature conservation projects in the Dublin region. Conservation outings take place on most Saturdays throughout the year. You can come out once in a while on a particular project or more often if you have the time!

What do volunteers do?
The type of activities varies during the year. In spring we do a lot of tree planting, while in summer we install fencing, build pathways, collect hay and clean up beaches and rivers. In autumn and winter we do a lot of woodland management and tackle invasive species such as Rhododendron and Cherry Laurel.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
None. All activities are free and there is no membership fee

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?     
No, but lifts are provided from the city centre to keep the costs for the volunteers to an absolute minimum. All tools and safety gear is provided by the Conservation Volunteers.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
At each outing, volunteers are trained how to use the particular tools such as bow saws, loppers, drills, spades etc in a safe manner. The outings are supervised by trained leaders. All tools and safety gear such as gloves,
hi-vis vest, goggles etc are provided by the organisation.

Please explain the application process.
Volunteers can check out the Dublin branch page on our website www.conservationvolunteers.ie for upcoming outings that might be of interest. Alternatively, you can register for our mailing list by sending an email to dublincv@gmail.com. We send out a weekly email with details on the upcoming outing. When interested in joining an outing, you contact the leader for that particular outing to let them know you are coming and if you need a lift from the city centre.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          No

What volunteer policies are in place?
Our Health & Safety Policy covers all nature conservation activities that are organised by the Conservation Volunteers.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Volunteers are covered under the insurance policy of the Conservation Volunteers.

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Daughters of Charity for Persons with Intellectual Disability

Category:                                Disability
Location:                                 Dublin 7 & 15
Dates:                                     Ongoing
Application Deadline:             Ongoing
Website:                                 www.docservice.ie

Brief description of organisation:
The Daughters of Charity are one of the largest providers of care to people with intellectual disability on the North side of Dublin - we provide both residential and day services to a diverse population - ranging in age (from the very young to the very old) and ability. There are 5 centres and 34 houses all located within the community - Dublin 7 & 15 area.

What do volunteers do?
Volunteers are involved in all aspect of our work, both directly and indirectly with our Service users from befriending to going for coffee, from drama to swimming – all skills and talents are welcomed. The time required as a volunteer is very flexible, though we do ask potential volunteers for
a minimum commitment of 4 hours per month for a period of 6 months or  a once of project will also be considered.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Nothing.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?    
Yes but this is discussed before expenses incurred.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Volunteers are allocated a mentor and the volunteer co-ordinator is always on hand to answer questions and to support.  In addition volunteers are offered and encouraged to take part in ongoing relevant training, which assists them in their role as volunteers – I have attached our 2011 training schedule

Please explain the application process.
Once contact has been made with the Service, a potential volunteer must complete an Application Form, a Garda Clearance Form and furnish the names of three referees who have known the applicant for over two years.
The Volunteer Co-ordinator will then establish if there is a suitable role available.  If the option is of interest to the potential volunteer, they will then be invited to come for an informal chat with the Volunteer Co–ordinator and a local staff member.  This gives the volunteer the opportunity to find out more about the Service and also gives us the opportunity to find out about their strengths and interests.

If all parties are happy, a volunteer role will be offered.  The volunteer will receive an introductory pack that will include an identity card, the volunteer policy, a role description, the name of their staff mentor, a schedule and a Volunteer Information Booklet.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          Yes

What volunteer policies are in place?
A volunteer policy, confidentiality form, we also give child and adult protection training.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Our insurance covers volunteers

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Dublin Christian Mission

Category:                                Family & Homeless Support Service
Location:                                 Chancery Place & Light House, Pearse Street
Dates & Deadline:                 All year round
Website:                                 www.dcmlive.ie

Brief description of organisation:
We provide homework & children’s clubs, family support services as well as a homeless drop-in at the Light House Homeless Ministry on Pearse street.

What do volunteers do?
Assist at homework, children’s and youth clubs in Chancery Place. Food preparation and service and clothes sorting in the Light House.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Nothing.

Does DCM reimburse volunteers for out of pocket expenses?
No

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Team leaders supervise and training is provided.

Please explain the application process.
Volunteer application form. Interview with Team Leaders, Garda Vetting.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?
Chancery place has wheelchair access but the Light House does not.

What volunteer policies are in place?
Volunteer Agreement, Health & Safety & Child Protection

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
We have public liability insurance.

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Irish Wheelchair Association

Category:                               Integration of people with disability
Location:                                Nationwide
Dates:                                     Ongoing
Application Deadline:            None
Website:                                 www.iwa.ie

Brief description of organisation:
The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) is dedicated to the achievement of full social economic and educational integration of people with disability as equal, independent, participative members of the community. 
What do volunteers do?                                           Various activities.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?         Nothing

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?                                                             If agreed with the manager.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Full training is provided for all volunteers.

Please explain the application process.
All volunteers will need Garda Vetting and references
Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          Yes

What volunteer policies and insurance arrangements are in place?
A volunteer policy is in place and volunteers are covered by IWA insurance

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Dublin Lesbian Line (DLL)

Category:                               Helpline
Location:                                Dublin 7
Dates:                                     February 2012 (min. one year)
Application Deadline:            15th January 2012
Website:                                 www.dublinlesbianline.ie

Brief description of organisation:
Dublin Lesbian Line (DLL) is an LBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual) inclusive service run by lesbian and bi-sexual women for women who are attracted to women, women questioning their sexuality, and their friends and families. Dublin Lesbian Line joined the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Helplines in November 2010.

What do volunteers do?
Volunteers are asked to commit between 2.5 and 5 hours per month to takw helpline calls in our office in Dublin 7.  Opportunities are also available to get involved in fundraising and awareness raising events, and to participate in specific campaigns.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Volunteers are not expected to pay any money.  Fundraising is ongoing, and covers basic running costs of around €1,000 per year.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?     
Exceptional expenses will be reimbursed.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Volunteers will be given full training in listening and support skills, helpline calls, LGBT issues, safe sex and the policies and procedures of the organisation.

Please explain the application process.
Volunteers must identify as a woman and as lesbian, bi-sexual, gay or queer, and be willing to commit to a minimum one/two shifts per month.  Interested applicants should email admin@dublinlesbianline.ie before 15th January 2012.  After this date candidates will be asked to attend a 15-20 minute informal interview prior to training dates being agreed.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          No
We do not currently have a fully accessible office, but encourage applicants with disabilities to contact us as we will do everything we can to ensure any interested volunteer has the opportunity to participate.

What volunteer policies are in place?
DLL has a comprehensive volunteer agreement that must be signed by each volunteer who completes basic training.  We also operate under the policies and procedures of the LGBT Helplines (including equal opportunities, disciplinary & grievance, confidentiality and child protection policies).

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
All volunteers are covered by DLL’s public liability insurance.

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Engineers Ireland

Category:                               Education
Location:                                Countrywide
Dates:                                     All year round
Application Deadline:            None
Website:                                 www.engineersireland.ie / www.steps.ie

Brief description of organisation:
Engineers Ireland is a professional body representing the engineering profession since 1835, making us one of the oldest and largest professional bodies in Ireland. Our more than 24,000 members come from every discipline of engineering, and range from students to fellows of the profession. Our STEPS programme was created in 2000 to combat the drop in students taking up engineering and science at 3rd level.

What do volunteers do?
Through our volunteer programme we aim to excite and educate primary and post-primary students on the benefits of maths, science and engineering to society, and how a career in engineering can be an exciting and rewarding one.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Nothing.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?    
Engineers Ireland can reimburse volunteers for expenses for certain events  

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
A volunteer pack is given to every volunteer and training is provided periodically throughout the year. There is also a dedicated member of staff who is available to answer any volunteer queries.

Please explain the application process.
On receipt of application form, Engineers Ireland, will contact the volunteer and send out a volunteer pack. Volunteers must read and sign the code of ethics and good practice and return to Engineers Ireland. This process takes less than two weeks.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          Yes

What volunteer policies are in place?
The volunteer pack includes our Child Protection guidelines and Health and Safety procedures.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Public Liability insurance is provided for any events in which volunteers partake.

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50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012)

Category:                               International Conference and Event
Location:                                Dublin  - RDS and Croke Park
Dates:                                     10th June – 17th June 2012
Application Deadline:            ASAP
Website:                                 www.iec2012.ie

Brief description of organisation:
The organisation is planning for 80,000 participants in the closing ceremony; 25,000 participants each day; 12,000 international pilgrims, 5 continents and 2,500 young people.
This will be the biggest international event in Ireland in 2012, one that will have a significant impact for the city of Dublin with the largest gathering of the Irish Catholic Church since 1979.

What do volunteers do?
We need between two and three thousand volunteers to help put all the pieces of the congress together and make this great event happen.  There will be a variety of volunteering positions such as stewards, administration, translation, special event teams, etc

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
No donation is required to volunteer.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?
We are asking volunteers to cover expenses that they might incur. A volunteer uniform will be supplied and lunch will be provided for volunteer working 8 hour shifts

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
There will be training provided to volunteers between now and the congress, these will be evening and/or weekend sessions depending on the volunteer activity

Please explain the application process.
All volunteers will be asked to complete the on-line application form. Explanation on application process is provided on website. They will also be required to complete a Garda Vetting form and to supply a passport type photograph.
Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          Yes
There will be a range of volunteering requirements that will suit different abilities.

What volunteer policies are in place?
There is a standard Congress volunteer policy. There will also be more specific policies in place which will be job specific.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
For all volunteering duties, insurance cover is in place.

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Fighting Words

Category:                               Creative Writing/Education
Location:                                Behan Square, 13 Russell Street, Dublin 1
Dates:                                     Flexible
Application Deadline:            Ongoing
Website:                                 www.fightingwords.ie

Brief description of organisation:
Fighting Words offers free creative writing workshops for students of all ages. We work with primary school students in the mornings and secondary school students in the afternoons during the academic year.  We offer a range of programmesfor both children and adults in the evenings, at weekends, during school holidays and in the summer. At Fighting Words, we write fiction, plays and graphic novels/comics as well as making films, newspapers and radio programmes, all in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

What do volunteers do?
Fighting Words volunteers offer help and advice to students as they write.  They are the voice of encouragement as students hone their skills at tellling stories.  All our workshops are run by teams of volunteers with roles assigned for the daily workshops ranging from hanging up coats to drawing pictures and everything in between.  There is no minimum time commitment – Fighting Words volunteer sign up for as many workshops as suit their schedules using our online calendar.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Nothing.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?
We reimburse those volunteers who come in for more than four hours a day and/or 20  hours per week.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
All volunteers attend one two-hour training session, which covers our primary and secondary school workshop formats and our volunteering and child protection policies and procedures.  There is a volunteer meeting at the end of each workshop so volunteers can discuss can share experiences and discuss any challenges they experienced during the session.  All volunteers are supervised by Fighting Words staff while they are at the centre.

Please explain the application process.
All prospective volunteers must complete an application form.  They are then asked to attend a brief, informal volunteer interview and are required to attend one of our bimonthly training sessions.  Fighting Words also checks references and all volunteers are subject to Garda vetting.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?         
Yes. The centre is all on one floor and we have disabled access toilet facilities,

What volunteer policies are in place?
We have a volunteer policy outlining the volunteer relationship, a comprehensive child protection policy and a tutoring handbook that are provided at training.  We also have a health and safety policy and equal opportunities policy, both posted publicly in the centre.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Volunteers are covered by Fighting Words’ public liability insurance.

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Focus Ireland

Category:                               Housing and Homelessness Charity
Location:                                Dublin/Cork/Waterford/Limerick
Dates:                                     12 months (Sep 2012 – Aug 2013
Application Deadline:            TBC February 2012
Website:                                 www.focusireland.ie

Brief description of organisation:
Focus Ireland aims to advance the right of people-out-of-home to live in a place they call home through quality services, research, and advocacy. Focus Ireland believes that every person has the right to a place they call home.
The objectives of Focus Ireland are to:

  • respond to the needs of people out-of-home and those at risk of becoming homeless, through a range of appropriate high quality services
  • provide emergency transitional and long-term accommodation for people out-of-home
  • campaign and lobby for the rights of people out-of-home and the prevention of homelessness

What do volunteers do?
This is a Graduate Recruitment Programme which has been running for over 20 years, offering opportunities to develop skills & expertise in the area of social and community work. It is particularly suited to Social Care Graduates (although not exclusive), interested in gaining experience prior to returning to complete the Masters in Social Science. The programme runs from September to August, and there are 12 placements available.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
This is a part paid and part voluntary full time role

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?     
Yes.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Throughout the year there is a series of training provided to gear graduates up for working in the Homeless Sector to include Child Protection, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, First Aid, Fire Marshalling. Site visits are organised to various services that Focus Ireland links with on a regular basis to better understand the services available in the sector.

Please explain the application process.
We have a recruitment process to include a competency based application form, written assessment and interview.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?         
Yes in certain projects however some are based in listed buildings that do not have wheelchair access. Focus Ireland are an equal opportunities employer.

What volunteer policies are in place?
Volunteer policy, Education Policy, Employee Handbook, Recruitment Policy – the volunteers would have the same access to policies as employees as the role is 19.5 hours voluntary and 19.5 hours paid.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
All our volunteers are covered under our Public Liability.

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Foróige

Category:                               Youth
Location:                                Nationwide
Dates:                                     Ongoing (follows school term)
Application Deadline:            None
Website:                                 www.foroige.ie

Brief description of organisation:
Foróige empowers youth and enriches communities. Our name comes from two Irish words: Fobairt na óige – development of young people. Foróige’s philosophy is grounded in enabling young people to develop themselves actively and consciously and for the development of their local communities. Foróige provides a range of services for young people aged 12-18 from volunteer clubs to direct targeted youth work intervention.

What do volunteers do?
We hope that our volunteers will become leaders to the young people we work with. Our leaders engage with young people through volunteer led clubs, projects, our big brother/ big sister mentorship programme and other youth services e.g. business mentorship or our leadership programme.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Nothing

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?     
Generally no. Training subsidies are available through Foróige District Council Networks.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
During their first 3 months volunteers will receive 4 hours of leadership training and 4 hours child protection training. Volunteers are then placed within a club or project (upon successful screening by Foróige and the Garda). Foróige reserves the right to cease a volunteer application should any issues arise during the recruitment process.

Please explain the application process.
Applicant volunteers will follow Foróige’s standard recruitment process which involves an informal interview and submission of Garda vetting form. Referees will then be contacted. Checks and training are the key measures for screening volunteers, together with ongoing contact with staff officers. Garda vetting can take up to 10 weeks however upon completion of training a volunteer may be placed on a project with other previously vetted and trained volunteers.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          Yes

What volunteer policies are in place?
Volunteer agreement, Health & Safety, Grievance and Child protection.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Foróige provides third party public/products liability cover. This policy is not a personal accident policy.

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Le Chéile Mentoring and Youth Justice Support Services

Category:                                Mentoring; Youth; Restorative Justice
Location:                                 Dublin
Dates:                                     Ongoing
Application Deadline:            2nd November 2011
Website:                                 www.lecheile.ie

Brief description of organisation:
Le Chéile is a child-centred, non-judgemental project which recruits and trains volunteers from local communities to work with young people and families.  Le Chéile provides a mentoring service to young people involved with Young Person’s Probation. Our mentors act as a positive role model, advisor and friend. Mentors work with a young person for up to 3 hours a week for up to 2 years.

What do volunteers do?
A mentor is a role model (aged 20 and over) who works one-to-one with a young person or parent involved with the Probation Service. Volunteers come from all walks of life and often have no previous experience, just a genuine interest in working with young people.  Being a mentor involves supporting a young person, including trying new activities as well as helping with practical issues such as accessing training or education.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Nothing.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for out of pocket expenses?      Yes

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Full training is provided to all volunteers and covers topics such as understanding mentoring, communication skills, values and attitudes.

All volunteers attend monthly group supervision meetings with the Co-ordinator to discuss their case and to get support and advice from other volunteers.  On-going training is provided throughout the year as well as well as social events for volunteers to get together.  The Co-ordinator is always available to contact by telephone.

Please explain the application process.
Applicants complete an application form and may be asked to attend a suitability interview.  As we receive a large number of applications at each recruitment, it is unfortunately not always possible to interview every applicant.  Successful applicants are asked to attend our volunteer training.  As a Le Chéile volunteer has substantial access to young people and families, the project operates a stringent vetting procedure, including reference checks and Garda Vetting.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          Yes

What volunteer policies are in place?
All volunteers sign a volunteer agreement and confidentiality agreement.  Le Chéile has in place a number of policies to protect both our volunteers and our service users, including a Code of Practice, Health and Safety, Child Protection police, all of which are contained in the Volunteer Policy and Procedure Handbook.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
All volunteers are coved by Le Chéile’s Accident and Public and Professional Liability Insurance.

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Marriage Equality

Category:                               Human Rights
Location:                                Capel Street
Dates:                                     Ongoing
Application Deadline:            N/A
Website:                                 www.marriagequality.ie

Brief description of organisation:
Marriage Equality is a non-profit organisation working to secure equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Ireland.

What do volunteers do?
Volunteers work on our ‘Out to your TD’ campaign, calling supporters and encouraging them to visit their local TDs about the issue of marriage equality.  Volunteers give supporters more information and support in this process.  Volunteers are required to do one shift every two weeks from 6-8pm on either a Tuesday or Wednesday evening and they are required to attend volunteer meetings, which are held once every two months.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Nothing

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?     
No

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Volunteers are provided with full training and receive support from volunteer team leaders as well as the volunteer manager and staff members.

Please explain the application process.
Volunteers complete an application form, meet with the volunteer manager and then attend training.  Training is conducted as needed, however there could be a time gap between receipt of the application form and training.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?         
No. Unfortunately the building is not wheelchair accessible.

What volunteer policies are in place?
Volunteer Agreement, Volunteer Policy, Health & Safety Policy and Dignity at Work Policy.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Volunteers are covered under our office insurance policy.

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National Institute for Intellectual Disability

The National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) is one of Trinity College Dublin's most innovative initiatives.  It has a mission of promoting inclusion for people with intellectual disability through education, research and advocacy. One of its flagship projects is the internationally pioneering Certificate in Contemporary Living , the first full-time course for students with intellectual disabilities, offered within a third-level setting in Ireland. Through its other work in research and advocacy, NIID also seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the enablers and barriers in terms of the full inclusion in society of people with intellectual disability .

NIID always welcomes volunteers to provide support in the research and education offices at 3 college green. There are also mentoring and job coaching programmes in existence which allows the volunteer to gain great experience working with and supporting students with an intellectual disability. Mentors support NIID student to attend three mainstream courses on the Trinity campus and job coaches meet with an NIID student to support them through a two hour long work placement each week for a number of weeks during term.

Volunteer Amy Colla says 'I know that I am making it possible for the student to experience being part of a workplace for the first time. Her excitement and pleasure are really great to see.' Read more about her experience here.

If interested in joining the NIID on a volunteer basis, please contact Niamh Lally on lallyn@tcd.ie or 8962179.

Oblate Youth Service (OYS)

Category:                   Volunteering
Location:                    Ireland, UK, Lourdes (France)
Dates:        All year round
Application Deadline:            N/A
Website:                                 www.oblateyouthservice.com

Brief description of organisation:
The OYS is a charity group of c. 200 young adults (17-30) drawn from the UK and Ireland working in partnership with the missionary order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  Primarily based in Dublin, the Irish members of the group participate in a broad range of activities and events in keeping with the mission of St. Eugene de Mazenod (the founder of the OMI) to “help those most in need”.  The group has been going for 25 years.
What do volunteers do?
There are a broad range of activities for members to participate.  In 2011/2012, there will be opportunities to:

  • Get involved in a number of projects in Dublin such as after school clubs/visiting the sick and elderly/assisting with catechesis for Confirmation children/fundraising/other ongoing activities
  • Join the annual OMI Pilgrimage to Lourdes in September where we bring c. 120 sick patients and assist them throughout their pilgrimage.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
There is no membership fee. Volunteers raise their own funds for participating in the larger projects which generally involve international travel (such as Lourdes).  Further information can be obtained on request. As the group is dependent on donations, volunteers are asked to participate as part of the group in fundraising efforts.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their of pocket expenses? 
Depends on the project.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
All volunteers undergo Garda Vetting.  They also attend activity-specific induction and training.  There is a substantial support network in place in order to ensure that each volunteer gets the most out of their experience.

Please explain the application process.
The volunteer meets the Director (or his designate) of the OYS for an informal chat and to ascertain exactly where they would like to work within the sphere of OYS projects.  Following that meeting, the volunteer will be Garda Vetted and will then be assigned to a relevant project.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          Yes
This is determined on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the OYS Director.

What volunteer policies are in place?
There is a substantial Child and Vulnerable Protection Policy in place.  All members will have to comply with a Code of Conduct. Depending on the project they may have to comply with other policies/protocols.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Each volunteer will be covered as a member of the OYS.

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Ozanam House, Community Resource Centre

Category:                               Adult Education & Youth Programmes  
Location:                                53 Mountjoy Square West, Dublin 1
Dates:                                     Sept 2011 - July 2012 (School Terms)
Application Deadline:            As soon as possible
Website:                                 www.ozanamhouse.ie

Brief description of organisation:
Ozanam House Resource Centre is a community resource centre based on Mountjoy Square in 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 programmes and projects aimed at addressing the issue of social exclusion as well as the many needs of the local community.  We run Adult Education courses and Youth Programmes in the evenings.

What do volunteers do?
The Ozanam Youth Group consists of 50 children from the North East Inner City aged 6- 12 years.  The group meets on a Monday & Wednesday 5pm-7pm. The children have classes in drama, dance, cookery, sports, art etc.

Senior Youth Club meets on a Tuesday & Thursday 7pm-9pm, engaging with 13-16year olds from the local community.

Summer projects: We run a Summer Project for 6-12year olds & 13-16year olds throughout the month of July.  The project is lead by one coordinator and assisted by as many volunteers as possible, who we recruit from colleges, schools and companies throughout Dublin and beyond.

The Grinds Club: The Group meet on a Monday & Thursday 7pm-8:30pm.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Nothing.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?     
No.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
There is a Coordinator appointed to each programme within Ozanam House.  All new volunteers go through an Induction Training which includes Healthy & Safety training.  Child Protection is also organised for volunteers taking part in our Youth Programmes. Ongoing training and support is then offered to each volunteer throughout their time with us.

Please explain the application process.
All volunteers are sent an application pack which includes a Garda Vetting form.  Volunteers are Garda Vetted through St. Vincent de Paul. Volunteers will then be invited to an induction training session before they start.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?         
Yes. However we do not have wheelchair access.

What volunteer policies are in place?
All volunteers go through an induction process and Child Protection Training.  Health & Safety policies etc are in place and discussed at induction stage. 

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Volunteers are insured under Ozanam House’s Public Liability Insurance.

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Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland

Category:        Education, Social Care, Health, Sport, Disability, Arts
Location:         Scoil Mochua, Old Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.
Dates:             5 separate Weeks during July and August 2011     
Application Deadline:             End of March 2012
Website:                                 www.sbhi.ie

Brief description of organisation:
SBHI, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland was established in 1968 by a small group of parents whose children had Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus. Today, SBHI has over 1,500 members and has branches in all four provinces, as well as a professionally run National Resource Centre based in Clondalkin, Dublin 22. SBHI was established to promote the care, welfare, interest, treatment, education, advancement and rehabilitation of persons with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

What do volunteers do?
Care & Activity Volunteers, Volunteer Activity Leaders and Volunteer Liaison Officers are recruited to take part in SHINE 2010 (Spina Bifida, Hydrocephaus Ireland Nurturing Empowerment), a residential Summer Independence Training Programme for teenagers and young adults with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus from all around the country.  SHINE gives participants the opportunity to develop their independence, confidence and social skills in a safe, encouraging and fun environment.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Volunteers do not need to raise any money or pay any application fee.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?      Yes

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Volunteers attend training on the Friday and Saturday before each of the weeks start. A full day of Manual Handling Training takes place on the Friday and disability specific training, information on SHINE and personal care training takes place on Saturday morning.  Volunteers report to and are supported by the Co-ordinator at all times. Volunteers work alongside nurses and OT’s for supervision, support and guidance. Volunteers work in pairs at all times. Support meetings take place on a regular basis.

Please explain the application process.
Volunteers apply for positions through a detailed application form available on SBHI website (www.sbhi.ie). The deadline is March 22nd 2010.  Successful applicants are then shortlisted for interview to take place in March and April. If the applicant is successful at interview stage, references will be checked and applicants will then be notified if they have been recruited.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?         
The positions of Volunteer Activity Leader & Volunteer Liaison Officer are open to people with disabilities.

What volunteer policies are in place?
Volunteer Policy, Code of Good Practice– Child/Client & Worker/Volunteer Protection Policy, Rules & Code of Conduct, Health & Safety and Bullying and Harassment Policy.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Volunteers are covered under SBHI’s insurance policy

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Victim Support at Court

Category:                               Legal
Location:                                Central Criminal Courts of Justice
Dates:                                     4th October -29 July
Application Deadline:            Ongoing
Website:                                 Under construction

Brief description of organisation:
Victim Support at Court provides support and accompaniment to victims of crime, their families and witnesses when attending court by providing a supportive environment that facilitates empowerment and healing within the court system.    

What do volunteers do?
We are looking for men and women from all walks of life over the age of 20 that have enthusiasm and are willing to commit to working with a wide range of people. You will be trained to attend trial and to help provide support, information and referral.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Nothing.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for out of pocket expenses? On a vouched basis for travel and subsistence only.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
We provide a full four week training course. Supervision is provided in three ways- monthly groups, one to one meetings and external supervision.

Please explain the application process.
We have an application form which you can get by emailing fiona@courtsupport.ie or calling 01 8726785.  Once this is processed you will be asked to attend an informal interview. From there it will be on to training and Garda vetting.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          Yes

What volunteer policies are in place?
Volunteer policies cover everything from bullying & harassment to health & safety, child protection and supervision along with good practice and making sure the volunteers' rights are upheld at all times. All policies are in the Volunteer Handbook.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
We are fully covered for public liability and our insurance company will cover the volunteer once they have completed training and have been accepted as volunteers.

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EIL Intercultural Learning

Category:                               International volunteering
Location:                                18 countries (Africa, Asia, Latin America)
Dates:                                     Flexible dates, from 2 weeks to one year
Application Deadline:            Placements available throughout the year
Website:                                 www.eilireland.org

Brief description of organisation:
EIL Intercultural Learning is an Irish not for profit organisation supporting local projects across the world. Our Volunteer Abroad programme involves living, working and making a difference in a local community while learning about a new culture and gaining a new perspective on global and development issues.

What do volunteers do?
We offer flexible and varied voluntary work opportunities in grass roots projects overseas including teaching and education, childcare, orphanage work, healthcare, environement, construction, human rights, small business development etc.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Volunteer pay programme fees. The cost depends on where and how long they are going for. See website for more details on what is included in the cost and what is not.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?
No

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Predeparture training and support in Ireland. Support by local experienced staff overseas. Debrief on return.

Please explain the application process.
Application form and individual interview.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?         
Yes, we work on a  case by case basis to make sure we can provide adequate support and suitable programme.

What volunteer policies are in place?
Predeparture contract, Child protection, Health and Safety

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Travel and health insurance is compulsory, volunteer either have their own insurance or they can book through EIL.

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Global Brigades Ireland

Category:                               Various: Medical, Dental, Environmental, Public Health, Water, Micro-Finance, Law....
Location:                                Ghana, Honduras or Panama.
Dates:                                     All year round
Application Deadline:            12 weeks prior to departure                                      
Website:                                 www.globalbrigades.org

Brief description of organisation:
Global Brigades is a charitable organisation which sends volunteers to Central America and Africa to take part in one of nine programmes relating to their college coarse. The nine different programmes gives the organisation a holistic approach. All of our programmes are sustainable.

What do volunteers do?
Depending on which programme they choose it can vary massivly. On a medical brigade they set up free clinics for people who otherwise have no access to healthcare. On MicroFinance they act as business consultants. On water they construct a water system providing clean drinking water to a community. They spend 10 days in their chosen country completing such a project.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Volunteers need to raise €650 for their incountry cost which includes lodging, food, incountry travel and security and their programme contribution. They also funraise for their flights which can vary from €600 - €100 depending on their chosen destination.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?    
They should not experience any out of pocket expenses.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Volunteers are prepared on their chosen destination in terms of security and culture changes. Once incountry they are trained in their specific area by our proffesionals.

Please explain the application process.
Any 3rd level student in Ireland can apply to go on a brigade. That is the only criteria.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          Yes

What volunteer policies are in place?
We have a volunteer agreement which students sign on empowered.org

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Volunteers are covered by our Public Liabilty insurance for fundraising events in Ireland and are fully covered once incournty in Ghana, Honduras or Panama.

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Going Brown

Category:                               International Development
Location:                                South Africa
Dates:                                     2-3 weeks: either 31 March – 15 April
                                                or 23 June – 15 July, 2012
Application Deadline:            2 December, 2011
Website:                                 www.tshulutrust.org

Brief description of organisation:
Going Brown is an Irish not-for-profit company (No: 501179) formed to support community development initiatives undertaken by its sister organisations: Tshulu Trust in Limpopo Province, South Africa, and the PCCP Initiative in the Tana District, Kenya.  Going Brown aims to fulfil a fund-raising, capacity-building and technical assistance function, with a particular focus on volunteering and the forging of partnerships between Irish tertiary education institutions and rural communities in Limpopo and Tana.

What do volunteers do?
Volunteers participate in a range of activities, from building infrastructure, to education, to livelihood enhancement projects and assistance to micro-enterprises. Each trip has a core project and a number of satellite initiatives. As far as possible the latter are shaped to the interests and capacities of volunteers. In 2012 the core projects will be the building of a pre-school/community hall and an English Language Winter School.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?     
Yes for volunteer activities in Ireland.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay? €2500
Example of budget breakdown: Development Project Costs 25%; Food & Accommodation 18%; In-Country Transport 10%; Flights 29%; Organisation, Administration, Project leadership & Development Education 18%.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
There will be pre-departure briefings on health and safety and logistics as well as development education on South Africa and issues relating to international development. I will be with the group throughout the project on site, providing practical support and supervision, and offering development education framing of the experience. There will also be a post-trip debriefing

Please explain the application process.
Volunteers will be asked to submit an application form. They will be informed of the outcome within 2 weeks. We also request Garda vetting.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          Yes

What volunteer policies are in place?
Volunteers are requested to follow Comhlámh’s Volunteer Charter. Going Brown hopes to become a signatory of Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice for Volunteer Sending Organisations. There is a Health and Safety Policy.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Volunteers are required to take out personal travel & medical insurance for the duration of the project.

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Habitat for Humanity Ireland

Category:                    Housing, International Development
Location:                     Overseas: India, Zambia, Ethiopia, Mozambique
Dates:                                     Ongoing
Application Deadline:            Ongoing
Website:                                 www.habitatireland.ie

Brief description of organisation:
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 in the United States by Millard and Linda Fuller.  Our mission is to eliminate poverty housing in Ireland and around the world and to make decent housing a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity Ireland is an independent, non-profit organisation that operates in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International in Ireland. The Irish office coordinates all aspects of Habitat for Humanity’s programmes in Ireland, including volunteer recruitment, fundraising and local renovation projects.

What do volunteers do?
As a volunteer with Habitat you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself, work alongside the local community, experience a different culture and develop new relationships. You will travel to one of our destinations for two weeks with a group of other volunteers. You will be involved in varied construction work, participate in various cultural activities and learn about development issues that local families face. What is unique about our programme is the close relationship with the local community that you will be able to build during your stay.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?      No, volunteers fundraise.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
It is required to raise approx €3,000 – 3,500. A deposit of €260 euro is due with your application form. Your fundraising includes flights, accommodation, insurance, food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and most importantly a donation to the your host project and Habitat for Humanity Ireland for programme costs.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Volunteers receive pre-departure training and participate in team building days. When working on the project they receive induction, training and ongoing support. They also participate in debrief when back to Ireland.

Please explain the application process.
Our application process involves 3 simple steps:

  • Make an application online or contact Kasia@habitatireland.ie
  • Meet the team leaders to have an informal interview.
  • Attend 3 pre-departure team meetings.

Volunteers sign up today by filling in an Application Form online.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?         
The participants need to have a doctor certificate confirming that they are fit to travel. Therefore participation is assessed on individual basis.

What volunteer policies are in place?
H&S, volunteer agreement, Child Protection Policy

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Volunteers are covered by comprehensive insurance policy.

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The Hope Foundation

Category:                                Children, Education, Health, Protection
Location:                                 Kolkata, India
Dates:                                     Throughout the year
Website:                                 www.hopefoundation.ie

Brief description of organisation:

The Hope Foundation is a Cork-founded non-governmental organisation, set up in 1999, working to achieve sustainable development among poor communities living in Calcutta (India) and its surrounding areas.  Through its 64 field programmes, training and research, the focus has always been on the education of children, the health of women and children, child nutrition and development, drugs rehabilitation for young people and vocational training for adolescents. The Foundation supports 14 local NGOs working to the same objectives through their various projects.

What do volunteers do?
Upon first arrival in Calcutta, volunteers have the chance to visit the HOPE projects, settle in and meet the HOPE staff and other volunteers.  Volunteers are then placed a number of projects depending on their in skills, interest and project requirements. Placement opportunities are focused in the following areas:
Education:      English & math lessons, coaching centres, grinds support
Protection:      Crises centres, rehabilitation & protection homes
Healthcare:     Mobile clinics, HOPE hospital
Other:             Drug Rehabilitation, Vocational Training and Human Rights.

Within each project, recreational fun and games are encouraged and vary from art to football, baking to computers and even children’s holidays.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Prices range depending on length of stay, and vary from between €2,000 for two weeks – €5,000 for over 6 months. This goes towards accommodation, bills, monthly stipend (for volunteers over 3months) and HOPE projects.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?  Volunteers working 3+ months receive €200 stipend a month

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Before departure, all volunteers attend an information and training session in the HOPE office, where volunteers receive information about every aspect of HOPE’s volunteer programme and get the opportunity to meet with previous volunteers to ask any questions they may have. During your volunteer experience, support is available from HOPE staff in Kolkata and indeed here in Cork. On arrival home, a de-briefing session is held.

Please explain the application process.
All volunteers must fill out an application form, attain Garda vetting and attend a volunteer interview in the HOPE’s main office, based in Cork City.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?
Unfortunately this volunteer opportunity is not accessible for those with major physical disabilities due to the street conditions of Kolkata.

What volunteer policies are in place?
Volunteers are asked to sign a Volunteer Charter and agree to the terms of the Dochas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages (don’t worry all will be explained!). Volunteers must also sign e a Child Protection Policy.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Volunteers are responsible to arrange own insurance for their trip.

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Link Community Development

Category:                               Education
Location:                                South Africa
Dates:                                     July and August 2012
Application Deadline:            27 January 2012
Website:                                 www.lcd.ie

Brief description of organisation:
Link Community Development (LCD) is a family of nine partner organisations working to improve access to quality education in sub-Saharan Africa. By collaborating with schools, communities and district education departments, our work is giving hundreds of thousands of African children the opportunity of a brighter future and a better life. 
What do volunteers do?
LCD's Global Teachers Programme offers teachers and school principals the chance during July and August to undertake a 5 week placement in a school improvement project in South Africa. On their return to Ireland, Global Teachers use this experience to promote and explore development education in their own class, school and community.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
There is a fee of €2,000 for participation in the programme. This fee includes: Return flight; In-country travel; Two residential pre-departure training weekends, including briefings on health, safety and security; Food and accommodation with hosts in the local community; Professional support throughout the placement; Comprehensive travel insurance; An interim planning weekend; A review and evaluation session at the end of the placement; Development Education training and support in Ireland after the placement.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?      Yes

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
LCD will provide two residential pre-placement training weekends. The aims of these weekends are to prepare you for your work in South Africa and to enable you to meet with former and current Global Teachers. Training will take place in Dublin. Training will be run by LCD staff from Ireland and South Africa. Volunteers also receive induction and orientation training upon arrival in South Africa. This covers local education and political context, culture and security. It is also the first opportunity to meet district education officials and teachers from placement schools.

Please explain the application process.
After receipt of initial application forms, selection interviews will take place in early March after which formal offers of placement will be made.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          No

What volunteer policies are in place?
All Global Teachers sign a Volunteer Agreement Form, Health and Safety Form and undertake Child Protection training. All volunteers are selected subject to satisfactory outcome of the Garda Vetting process. LCD is a signatory to the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice for Volunteer Sending Organisations.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
LCD provides fully comprehensive insurance

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Nurture Africa (formerly known as A-Z Children’s Charity)

Category:                                Healthcare & Education for kids in Uganda
Location:                                 Uganda
Dates:                                     3 week placement in July or August 2012
Application Deadline:             29 February 2012
Website:                                 www.azkids.ie

Brief description of organisation:
Nurture Africa is an Irish-founded, non-profit organisation that was established to provide a better quality of life for orphans and vulnerable children living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.  Through sustainable development projects, we provide access to the healthcare, education and psycho-social support that these children need in order to promote their physical and psychological growth.  Our mission is to help empower vulnerable children to realise their full potential, to become positive influences on society and eventually break free from the poverty cycle.

What do volunteers do?
Nurses work in a health centre or paediatric clinic, sharing skills with Ugandan nurses, teaching First Aid to kids and/or work in a home for abandoned babies.
Primary School Teachers work in a primary school, sharing skills with Ugandan teachers, and work in a home for abandoned babies and on a construction project.
General volunteers work at Nurture Africa’s Children’s Resource Centre, school outreaches, reading & play groups with kids, as well as the home for abandoned babies and the construction project.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Volunteers must pay for their own flights and travel vaccinations, plus  €100 to cover accommodation, meals and living expenses in Uganda. Volunteers must raise €2000 which goes directly to Nurture Africa to fund our projects in Uganda.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?      No, but expenses are minimal in Uganda.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Pre-departure induction and training sessions are held to enable you to prepare for your placement and get to know the team you’ll be travelling and working with.

Please explain the application process.
First step is to submit an application form, which can be downloaded from our website.  Applicants will be invited to an informal interview and those who are successful will be allocated places on a 1st-come-1st-served basis.  All volunteers must undergo Garda Vetting.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?         
It depends on the nature of the disability.  If mobility is seriously affected then this placement may be unsuitable.

What volunteer policies are in place?
Volunteer Code of Conduct, Health & Safety Policy, Security Policy, Child Protection Policy, Critical Incident Policy

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
We provide insurance cover for the work placement but volunteers must additionally organise individual travel insurance.

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Outreach Moldova

Category:                               Children/Youth
Location:                                Moldova
Dates:                                     10 days between May and Oct 2012
Application Deadline:            2 months prior to trip
Website:                                 www.outreachmoldova.org

Brief description of organisation:
Outreach Moldova is dedicated to providing human rights, medical care and social inclusion for children that have been abandoned or orphaned, children with special needs and children with terminal illnesses in the Republic of Moldova.

What do volunteers do?
Volunteers are required to travel to Moldova in 2012 to help children in need. They will be working with children who have been orphaned/abandoned, children with disability and children & young adults with terminal illness in an orphanage in the Republic of Moldova. Assisting the full-time staff with teaching the children, cooking classes, sewing classes, art and dance, sports activities, day out activities, concerts, walking the children confined to wheelchairs, helping to feed children that cannot eat independently, visiting the baby orphanage and participate in activities there.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Volunteers need to raise €2,200. This sponsorship covers the volunteer’s flights, accommodation and board, and also contributes to the cost of care of the children and towards various programmes run for them (medical, educational, social etc.).

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses? Sponsorship covers the flights, insurance, accommodation and board, and internal transport in Moldova. Volunteers are responsible for their medical costs prior to travel.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
One day pre-departure training in Ireland, induction and further training in Moldova and volunteers are supervised during their stay.

Please explain the application process.
Volunteers apply by completing application form which includes names and contact details of 2 referees, which are followed up. Garda Vetting is part of the application process. Volunteers must attend a pre-departure training / information day. Volunteer must be vaccinated according to WHO guidelines and provide a doctor’s certificate of the same along with a doctor’s cert of their general health.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities? Yes

What volunteer policies are in place?
Volunteer agreement, child protection, code of conduct, recruitment, training, fundraising policies.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Volunteers are insured for the duration of their travel to and from Moldova.

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Progressio Ireland

Category:        International Development Organisation
Location:         In Ireland or in one of our 11 partner countries (long-term):
Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Haiti/ Dominican Rep., Zimbabwe, Malawi, Somaliland, Yemen, Timor-Leste
Dates & Deadline:                 Depends on position
Website:                                 www.progressio.ie

Brief description of organisation:
Progressio works for sustainable development and the eradication of poverty in 11 countries around the world based on the principles of solidarity, social justice and equality. Our approach combines skill-sharing with advocacy work and encouraging policy change. The key areas of our work are sustainable environment and water, participation and effective governance and HIV and AIDS. Through our long term development workers (DWs) programme Progressio facilitates and supports people in the processes of taking ownership of their own development and in having their voices heard. About 130 Progressio Development Workers are based in local communities for a minimum of two years, where they work closely with our local partner organisations.

What do volunteers do?
DWs (min 2 years) positions vary from gender advocacy adviser, to irrigation specialist, to fundraising and policy positions. Volunteers in Ireland help to run our water campaign, organise activities, or as interns in our office (at least 3 days per week for either 6-8 weeks or 6 months).

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?                     Nothing

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their expenses?
DWs receive a pre-departure grant, travel to and from placement, a monthly living allowance, accommodation, accident and emergency insurance cover and holiday entitlement. Volunteers in Ireland receive reimbursement for travel expenses, materials costs and a lunch allowance.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
DWs receive orientation training in the country of placement, language training if necessary and ongoing support by country representative/ regional office. Interns in Ireland attend seminars in their area of work and are supported by Progressio Ireland staff. They also receive pertinent trainings.

Please explain the application process.
For Progressio's internship positions in Ireland there is an application form. The shortlisting/ interview process by a panel of Progressio management/ staff doesn't normally take longer than two weeks. Campaign volunteers are taken on for specific events and activities and simply sign up.
DWs are recruited through a global recruitment process in line with good equal opportunity practice. The specific job description/ requirements are developed by Progressio and the relevant partner organisation the applicant is going to be placed with. The application process includes submission of application form, shortlisting and personal interviews. References will be taken up and a medical exam is required. After the final submissions date, the application process can take between 4-6 weeks.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?         
This depends on the specific position.

What volunteer policies are in place?
All DWs and interns receive a contract and there are comprehensive staff policies and procedures in place which include health and safety, child protection etc.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Volunteers in Ireland are covered by Progressio liability insurance and DWs receive full accident and emergency insurance cover.

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SERVE

Category:                               Overseas Development and Volunteering
Location:                                India, Thailand, Brazil, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia.
Dates:                                     3 - 7 weeks during the summer of 2012
Application Deadline:            November 2011
Website:                                 www.serve.ie

Brief description of organisation:
SERVE is a development and volunteering organisation committed to tackling poverty in the majority world. We strive to do this by working in solidarity, service and partnership with marginalised and oppressed communities, empowering them to tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice. SERVE focuses specifically on programmes and projects that help communities enhance the lives of children and young people and recognises that gender equality is pivotal to achieving justice, equality and sustainable development.

What do volunteers do?
Each year SERVE sends up to 100 young Irish adults to work for 3-7 weeks in our various projects in South Africa, Mozambique, Thailand, the Philippines, India and Brazil. SERVE volunteers become part of a lively and pro-active team dedicated to several community initiatives such as house-building in Brazil; working with street children in the Philippines; providing staff support in education projects in Thailand, helping in construction work in a HIV/AIDS clinic in South Africa; working with a Leprosy Programme and Slum Projects in India and much more besides.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
The cost of the 2012 programme will be confirmed in November 2011.  The cost will include flights, insurance and a contribution towards internal food, accommodation and transport, and a donation to the project you will be volunteering with.

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?      No

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
All volunteers are required to attend the three pre-departure training days which occur on three separate Saturdays between January and June.  The project will last between 3-7 weeks.  The group travels out and returns home together, and will be accompanied by two SERVE leaders.

Please explain the application process.
Volunteers must attend a SERVE Open Day presentation during November.  The dates and venues of these Open Days will be announced on the SERVE website each October.  On completion of an application form at the Open day, interviews will then be offered in December.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?          Yes

What volunteer policies are in place?
Volunteer Contract, Health & Safety, Child Protection policies.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Travel insurance will be arranged by SERVE.

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The Volunteer Projects

Category:                               Education, Sport, Environment, Social Care, Gender Equality, Construction
Location:                                Tanzania, East Africa
Dates:                                     2 week - 6 month placements available
Application Deadline:            Ongoing
Website:                                 www.thevolunteerprojects.com

Brief description of organisation:
The Volunteer Projects is part of the registered Irish charity Coir Projects (CHY19211). We believe in 'Development Through Volunteerism' and use volunteers to address development issues in Africa and Asia. We recruit and train volunteers to work with partner Projects overseas. We work in the fields of education, sport, social care and conservation among others. We also fund development initiatives within our partner Projects which aim to provide basic human rights and self suffiency.

What do volunteers do?
We work with volunteers to help them decide which project would be most suitable. Our partner projects include orphanages, schools, a sports academy, a women's group and a conservation project. Volunteers can gain experience in teaching, childcare, business development, coaching, horticulture, music and construction among others. Volunteers can work on multiple Projects during their Placement.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
A 2 Week Placement costs €565 and this includes food, accommodation, pre-departure training, Fundraising Pack, airport pickup, in-country and ongoing support, Certificate of Achievement. Extra weeks cost €95 each and discounts are available to large groups (6+) and long-term volunteers (12 weeks+).

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?      No

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Training covers practical advice, detailed budget, basic Swahili, lesson plans, what to bring and more. All volunteers receive a Training Manual and must attend a Training Seminar. Pre-Departure support includes travel, VISA and vaccinations advice and fundraising assistance. In-country support is provided by the in-country team. Welcome Home events, debriefing sessions and opportunities to work with us are offered post-Placement. Local Project staff are present on all Placements.

Please explain the application process.
Volunteers complete and return a Volunteer Profile before being contacted for telephone interview. Once a placement offer is made, the volunteer must pay a deposit to secure their placement. The process will take no less than 4 weeks depending on placement.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?         
This can be assessed on an individual basis.

What volunteer policies are in place?

All volunteers must sign a Volunteer Contract and abide by our Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy while on Placement. Health & Safety, Risk Assessment, Equality and other relevant policies are also in place.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Currently volunteers must provide proof of insurance pre-departure. Advice is given on comprehensive insurers.

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Voluntary Service International

Category:                               Peace through International Volunteering
Location:                                Ireland and 70 countries
Dates:                                     2-3 weeks, 2 months, 6-12 months
Application Deadline:            Flexible
Website:                                 www.vsi.ie

Brief description of organisation:
Voluntary Service International (VSI) is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement that began in 1920. We work to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding through volunteering abroad and in Ireland.

What do volunteers do?
The work varies greatly from country to country. Examples are peace projects, nature conservation work, community projects with children, the elderly, and refugees, community arts projects and restoration of historical monuments; manual projects –classroom building etc. As a volunteer you only need to work as hard as you are able.

How much do volunteers need to raise/pay?
Volunteers pay their travel costs to/from the project. Food and accommodation is provided. They pay a small fee to VSI to cover administration and insurance. (€80 for European projects; €140 for developing countries  and some local charges)

Does your organisation reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses?      Yes, if they are helping with projects in Ireland.

What trainings, support and supervision are provided for volunteers?
Volunteers must take part in preparation workshops before taking part. Projects will have trained leaders and local coordinators who will supervise the projects.

Please explain the application process.
Volunteers can complete application forms on line from the VSI website. Projects involving working with children and vulnerable adults will require Garda vetting + references.

Is this opportunity accessible for persons with disabilities?         
Yes: In principle our volunteering programme are open to people with disabilities and we actively encourage people with disabilities to take part.

What volunteer policies are in place?
Health and Safety; Volunteer Charter; VSI is also a signatory to the Code of Conduct for Sending organisations.

What are the insurance arrangements for volunteers?
Volunteers in Ireland and developed countries have comprehensive cover; Volunteers in developing countries must take out comprehensive insurance.

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Last updated 4 January 2012 Civic Engagement (Email).