The definition of a volunteer is a person who donates his time or efforts for a cause or organization without being paid. The volunteer can make a difference to the wider community.
Volunteering can be a great way to enhance your University experience. As well as being fun, it can really enhance your Curriculum Vitae, and employers look very favourably on volunteering because they see that you can develop essential skills that need e.g. project management, communication and teamwork skills.
Being a volunteer can give you a great sense of achievement and it can give you the opportunity to meet new people.
How can UCC help you with volunteering?
UCC has a Volunteering Pathway, as part of the UCC Works Award.
To receive an award through the Volunteering Pathway a student must complete a period of unpaid volunteering in an on or off campus organisation. Students participating in the UCC Works Volunteering Pathway are required to dedicated a minimum of forty hours of their time to the organisation. Upon completing the 40 hours, students are required to complete a reflective report and update their CV.
- Find out more about UCC Works here
Please find below some information which you may find useful when researching organisations and bodies for voluntary work -
Other useful sites for information:
Volunteer World Featuring over 500 volunteer programs and over 600 social projects in more than 70 countries, www.volunteerworld.com is a one-stop resource for volunteer abroad opportunities. The homepage allows users to filter their search by location, volunteer category and budget. Specific project pages give a quick possibility to transparently compare the projects. The distinction to other websites offering international volunteering opportunities is the fact that they operate as an independent search engine for volunteering opportunities.
Alupro Ireland is a non-profit organisation, we run a national campaign on can recycling www.everycancounts.ie, - volunteer positions for events we will be working at over the Summer months June - September – for third level students, interested in behavioural change and environmental sustainability. The volunteer positions entail varying types of work, but include providing information at stands, providing information to the general public and festival goers on the environmental benefits of recycling aluminium packaging, encouraging people to use the free programme/materials we provide for schools, colleges and workplace. At festivals we ask volunteers to encourage festival goers to recycle at our interactive incentives /games on site and help in some collecting and managing can recycling on site. Volunteers with an environmental background and previous experience with NGO volunteer programmes, are particularly suited. We had some UCC volunteers in 2014 with us at festivals and they were committed to their work –so we would like to invite them again.
- Leargas Youth Work Service Ireland - Includes European Voluntary Service which can be short-term (3 weeks - 6 months) or long-term (6 months - 1 year). EVS does not have a charge for participants.
- Irish Aid The Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre is a state of the art, flexible multi-media exhibition space designed to raise awareness of development issues and the role of Irish Aid in tackling global poverty.
- Voluntary Service International (VSI) Short term projects (2-3 weeks): Peace projects; Environmental projects;, community projects with children, the elderly, refugees and people with disabilities, community arts projects and restoration of historical monuments. Projects take place in Ireland, Europe (East and West); USA; Japan; Australia; North Africa.
- Long term projects enables people to volunteer from 3-12 months on a variety of voluntary work projects of benefit to local communities and voluntary organisations in Europe and North America.
- WorldWide Volunteering A unique search-and-match database with over 11,000 volunteer organisations, 350,000 placements throughout the UK and in 214 countries worldwide.
- Idealist.org Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders. Find: people, organizations, groups, jobs, volunteer opportunities, events, and more. Includes The Idealist Guides to Nonprofit Careers downloadable pdfs.
- WorkingAbroad International networking service. Information on voluntary work abroad, including: organisations that are looking for volunteers, personalised reports on grassroots organisations around the world, volunteer stories, teaching English courses, Working Abroad Projects etc.
- Global Volunteer Network Volunteer opportunities in community projects throughout the world.Whether you would like to take a short volunteer vacation or a prolonged gap year, the Global Volunteer Network provides challenging and affordable international programs.
- Oneworld Directory of meaningful travel opportunities including volunteer projects, gap year ideas, career break & year out projects, TEFL/ESL teaching & courses, seasonal work, summer / winter jobs, working holidays, adventure breaks, expeditions & tours.
- Community Service Volunteers A UK charity with a range of volunteering opportunities in areas such as the media and the environment.
- Timebank A national volunteering campaign in the UK, which raises awareness of giving time through voluntary work.
- Volunteers for Peace A US based organisation. Contains links to other voluntary organisations world-wide including Ireland.
- Voluntary Services Overseas UK based agency. Each year, hundreds of our volunteers work abroad in rewarding roles in over 40 countries. Long-term volunteering We have a range of placements from one to two years long for qualified professionals with at least two years’ post-qualification experience. Short-term volunteering last up to six months and you’ll need a minimum of five years' post-qualification experience.
- Frontier Dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem integrity through rigorous 'hands on' fieldwork.
- Raleigh International Youth development charity offering challenging environmental and community projects.
- Jobbydoo Find voluntary job opportunities quickly, easily and for free. Jobbydoo aggregates job vacancies from all career sites, job boards and recruitment agencies, and organises that information to make it accessible and useful.
- Active Link
- www.mawork4all.ie/documents/JOB_OPPORTUNITIES.pdf (Wide range of work and volunteering opportunities)
- National Digital Learning Resources
Current Information :
Cork Life Centre: Summer Placement Programme 2015
Cork Life Centre is offering an unpaid summer placement for a confident, self-starter with an educational background in marketing/communications/youth and community work in their Cork office, Sundays Well.
This is a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the area of corporate fundraising. Commercial awareness is a distinct advantage. Additionally, mentorship and guidance will be provided to the successful candidate by two times Vodafone Ireland Foundation’s World of Difference Winner Aoife Whitford.
Cork Life Centre is a charity, which provides one to one educational tutoring and support to young people, who are no longer involved with the formal education system. There are currently 43 young people supported by the Cork Life Centre and are studying for their Junior and Leaving Cert examinations. The Cork Life Centre provides a holistic approach to education, which also includes a focus on: art, music and wellbeing. It has a retention rate of 93% and works with some of the most vulnerable young people in Cork city and county.
For further information see: www.corklifecentre.org
Applicants should note that they are asked to source their own accommodation for the duration of the placement. The Cork Life Centre are not in the position to reimburse travel expenses and/living costs.
To apply, send on a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter detailing why you would be the most suitable candidate to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday the 10th of April 2015 for the attention of Don O’ Leary.
Please note that only electronic applications will be accepted.