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Useful Websites

Below you will find a listing of useful websites for information on volunteering at home and abroad as well as related policy and research. If you are aware of a website which is not listed here and you believe it would be a useful resource for others, please contact the Civic Engagement Officer.

Websites listed on this page offer information on:

Student Volunteering

Ethical Volunteering Abroad

Service Learning Library Search

Campus Engage

Volunteering in Ireland

Volunteer Ireland

Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteering organisation for Ireland. Volunteer Ireland supports the national network of Volunteer Centres (whose opportunities you can access through the site), the National Day of Volunteering among others.



Activelink is a resource for the non-profit sector, and includes two Community Exchange mailings- the Activelink Community Exchange and Activelink Jobs & Volunteering Mailing list. It includes infomation on volunteering and training opportunities.

Department of Environment, Community, and Local Government

The Department has lead responsibility for developing the relationship between the State and the Community and Voluntary Sector. This includes implementation of the White Paper on a Framework for Supporting Voluntary Activity and for Developing the Relationship between the State and the Community and Voluntary Sector .  The White Paper was published in September 2000 and may be downloaded from this website.

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Volunteering Abroad


Comhlámh is a member and supporter organisation open to anyone interested in social justice, human rights and global development issues. Comhlámh run a Volunteering Options project which promotes informed decision making by volunteers. They have a variety of resources which will help you assess your motivations and find an opportunity which is appropriate for you. Other useful resources include their Volunteer Charter- a guide for people going to volunteer in developing countries. It sets out seven principles that aim to encourage responsible, responsive international volunteering- and the Code of Good Practice for organisations involved in facilitating international volunteer placements in developing countries. Comhlámh also offer information sessions and personalised guidance for potential volunteers as well as debriefing and networking opportunities to returned volunteers.


Dóchas is the association of Irish Non-Governmental Development Organisations. Dóchas provides a forum for consultation and co-operation between its members and helps them speak with a single voice on development issues. The website includes informaiton resources on a variety of development issues. A number of codes of conduct for Development Organisations are also available. Dóchas also sends out weekly Wednesday News which provides a brief overview of the main meetings, events, jobs and voluntary opportunities of relevance to those involved/interested in the Irish development sector.

The International Volunteerism Resource Center (IVRC) is an online resource centre designed to help you make informed decisions about volunteering in another country. It offers information to help you understand international volunteerism and weigh up your options.

World Volunteer Web

The World Volunteer Web supports the volunteer community by serving as a global clearinghouse for information and resources linked to volunteerism that can be used for campaigning, advocacy and networking. It is an online hub where the community can meet, share resources and coordinate activities to mobilize volunteer action in support of the Millennium Development Goals.

United Nations Volunteers

At the request of UN agencies, national governments and other partners, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) mobilises close to 8,000 volunteers to work in Development Assistance projects and in Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Operations. You can serve in your own country or in countries other than your own as a UNV volunteer. Through the UNV Online Volunteering service, volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet.

Department of Foreign Affairs

The Department of Foreign Affairs' website provides travel advice to Irish people planning a trip overseas. This advice reflects a considered assessment of the risks involved for Irish citizens travelling to specific countries. It is based on the best information available to the Department and draws on reports from Irish Embassies and Consulates abroad and expert advice issued by other countries including Member States of the European Union.

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Other Online Resources

Campus Engage

Campus Engage is a network for the promotion of civic engagement activities in Irish higher education. It is an initiative funded by the Irish government, through the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF 1). The network aims to strengthen the relationship between higher education and the wider society, through promoting civic engagement activities in higher education in Ireland and facilitating the sharing of knowledge and resources between academic and civic communities. It will support the development of activities such as: service learning / community based learning, student volunteering, knowledge exchange and research, in order to increase the number of courses, activities and levels of participation in these areas across Irish higher education.

National Coordinating Centre for Public engagement (UK)

NCCPE supports universities in the UK to engage with the public working with regional beacons to promote best practice in public engagement and provide a single point of contact for the whole higher education sector. They also work with key national partners to help develop work across the sector. NCCPE have developed a manifesto which makes the case for public engagement and calls on universities to make a specific commitment to further this agenda. the website also includes tooklit resources under the "How to do it" tab. See also The Case for Public Engagement.

Report of the Taskforce on Active Citizenshipship

Available for Download from the Wheel:

The Taskforce conducted a nationwide consultation process to hear your views on what it means to be an active citizen in 21 st century Ireland and produced a set of recommendations in its final report in March, 2007. The Active Citizenship initiative was put on hold further to the economic downturn.

The Wheel

The Wheel is a support and representative body connecting community and voluntary organisations and charities across Ireland. Established in 1999, The Wheel has evolved to become a resource centre and forum for the community and voluntary sector. This is of particular interest to those working or considering working in the community voluntary sector and also includes a listing of volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering England

The Information Service at Volunteering England provides a key resource to help people who are working with, or managing, volunteers. It includes a "Good Practice Bank" which aims to be a one stop shop to find and share information about volunteer management. The Bank is divided into themes which contain Information Sheets, articles, sample documents and case studies that reflect good practice in managing volunteers. Some of the online resources are exclusviely for Volunteering England members. You can also purchase a number of volunteering research publications on this site.

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Last updated 15 February 2018 Civic Engagement (Email).