UCDVO was established in 2003 by the former UCD Chaplain Fr Tony Coote in response to an expressed desire among students to engage in voluntary work abroad. Since its inception and launch as a registered charitable organisation in 2004, UCDVO has extended its activities to projects in India, Haiti, Nicaragua,Tanzania and Uganda and employs a full-time Manager to co-ordinate its activities. To date, over 900 volunteers have engaged in environmental, educational, healthcare, construction and computer training projects in disadvantaged communities overseas.
UCDVO’s Vision is for UCD students to graduate with an understanding of the challenges facing humanity worldwide and the determination and self belief to tackle the issues underlying poverty and inequality in the world.
UCDVO’s Mission is to provide UCD students, staff and alumni with opportunities to volunteer for the benefit of disadvantaged communities overseas, in response to needs explicitly identified by those communities.
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UCDVO claimed the top prize in its category at the Better Together Awards held in Dublin Castle on the 12th December 2013. UCDVO’s video Developing Communities, Developing Students received 3,524 online votes and was awarded a prize of €1,000 by RTE’s Mary Kennedy and The Wheel's CEO Deirdre Garvey.
Check out UCDVO's 2014 Spring Newsletter for project updates, fundraising tips from volunteers, news and events and a farewell from Margaret Hayes and this years Student Society.
Volunteer applications for the 2013/14 Programme are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied. Applications for the 2014/15 Programme open in September 2014.