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Each September UCC Career Services host a Volunteering Fair in Devere Hall. Voluntary organisations will be on campus all day to tell about their opportunities. The 2019 Fair is scheduled to take place on the 18th September, 11.30am-2pm, Devere Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn, UCC. 


A selection of organisations who attended last year: 


We are a youth leadership movement
We are passionately driven by one cause, peace and fulfillment of humankind's potential
Alzheimers Society of Ireland The Alzheimer Society of Ireland offer a range of support and services to enhance the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers.
Barnardos Barnardos mission is to help transform children’s lives through our services; support parents; and challenge society where it fails our children.
Big Brother Big Sister Foróige is Ireland’s leading, most successful youth organisation. We have been working with young people since 1952! 
Chernobyl Children's Trust Chernobyl Children's Trust is a registered charity set up and run by Irish volunteers committed to helping impoverished children living in contaminated & disadvantaged areas of Belarus.
Comhlamh With over 40 years of experience, Comhlámh supports people through their journey in international development work, both as development workers and volunteers.
Cope Foundation Cope Foundation supports over 2,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism 
Cork Association for Autism The CAA has evolved into a comprehensive Autism specific support service over the years and today employs over 140 staff who range from care assistants to social care workers and outreach support workers. 
Cork Cancer Support

Our voluntary Trustees govern the overall operations of Cork ARC Cancer Support House. They are passionate about providing the best possible support service for cancer patients and their families.

Cork New Life Media (Life FM) LifeFM broadcasts over Cork City on 93.1FM, providing a broad range of programmes that will inform, challenge and entertain while maintaining Christian values throughout. 
Cork Life Centre Cork life Centre is a voluntary organization offering an alternative learning environment to young people who find themselves outside the mainstream education system. 
Cork Volunteer Centre

Here at Cork Volunteer Centre CLG, we are passionate about volunteering and believe that Cork is a wonderful place to volunteer. Volunteering enriches communities, gives volunteers an opportunity to develop personally, and puts giving at the heart of how we all live.

Enable Ireland Every year, we provide services to 7,500 children and adults with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities in 14 counties across Ireland. 


Volunteering Database 

You can now use UCC's new Volunteering Database to find voluntary roles. Studentvolunteer.ie is a new easy to use, one-stop-shop portal connecting higher education students with civil society organisation volunteering opportunities.


  • Browse and apply for volunteering opportunities
  • Connect with civil society organisations locally, nationally or internationally
  • Manage your profile and volunteering activity online
  • Log and track your volunteering hours
  • Gain recognition and apply for volunteering awards and certificates

Search the database: 


Volunteering in Cork and Ireland

There are countless ways to volunteer and thousands of organisations across Ireland looking for help. It’s easy to get started – browse volunteering opportunities near you on Student Volunteer.ie or therough the national database of volunteering opportunities and listings. Listings can be found with: 

Volunteer Ireland: Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services in Ireland. Their goal is to make sure that everyone who wants to volunteer, can volunteer. 


Active Link:  In 2001 Active Link set up a website for Community Exchange and Activelink, in order to provide a professional online communications hub where Community and Voluntary groups, NGOs, Charities and the Non-Profit Sector in Ireland could:

  • promote their work / activities / campaigns;
  • advertise vacancies and volunteering opportunities;


Volunteering abroad

Working overseas gives you the chance to demonstrate skills like adaptability, resilience and independence. Always check with the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for Northern Ireland when going overseas to be sure your destination is considered safe.

You will find specialist organisations set up to provide support, training and information. They act as a one-stop shop for voluntary agencies and maintain a database of current opportunities. They also provide training for volunteers, which can lead to recognised qualifications.


Where do I start?

You should have questions too: ask for written information about the charity’s programmes, finances and their credentials. Make certain you are comfortable with their fundraising methods and policies on expenditure of funds.

If you wish to develop a particular skill, look for a charity or volunteer group with a job profile that suits your aims and will incorporate supervision or appraisal sessions to assess your development.

Research the causes that are important to you – look at groups or organisations that work with issues you feel strongly about. Consider the skills you have to offer – many voluntary organisations will try to match your skills and knowledge to their needs. Be aware you may have to attend an interview or fill out an application form. Vetting procedures may be undertaken in the interests of children and ‘at risk’ populations, which the organisation has a legal responsibility to consider. Take a look at the websites below for more information on volunteering both nationally and internationally. 

 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.  

    www.everycancounts.ie; F:Facebook/Every-Can-Counts; T:Twitter/Every_CanCounts;  Email: info@aluproireland.ie

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Jobted UK Find voluntary job opportunities quickly, easily and for free. Jobted UK 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)
  • Wheel 
  • Dochas
  • Volunteering Solutions, is an 11-year old volunteer placement organization, committed to the cause of providing safe, reliable and impactful service learning, volunteering and internship opportunities for students across the globe.
  • Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services in Ireland. Our goal is to make sure that everyone who wants to volunteer, can volunteer. We do this in many different ways, working with a variety of stakeholders.
  • VSO Ireland is a leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries. By enabling people and communities to play a more active role in development, volunteering provides the means through which the essential preconditions for sustainable change – ownership, participation, empowerment and inclusion – can be realised. VSO Ireland forms part of the global VSO family that was founded in 1958 and has sent nearly 40,000 professional volunteers on placements to date.
  • Irish Heritage Trust  cares for special places in a way that works to deliver benefits to people and the country. The fundamentals for this approach are place, people and participation.
  • GVI  Founded in 1998, GVI runs programs in 21 locations, in 13 countries around the world, each manned by our own staff and aligned to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or UN SDGs as well as the objectives of local partners. We welcome participants from all around the world and help facilitate their development into global citizens in an effort to build a global network of people united by their passion to make a positive long-term impact.




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