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UCDVO is a registered charity and was founded in 2002 by the late Fr. Tony Coote. Participants in the UCDVO Volunteering and Development Education Programme take part in training days, development education activities and 4 weeks volunteering overseas with a local partner in India, Tanzania or Uganda. Overseas activities are largely in the area of healthcare, education and community development. UCDVO is governed by a Board of Trustees and has three full-time members of staff. 



UCDVO’s Vision and Mission 

UCDVO’s Vision is for the UCD Community to have an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing humanity worldwide, and the determination and commitment to tackle issues underlying global poverty and inequality.

UCDVO’s Mission is to provide the UCD Community with opportunities to engage in international volunteering and development education activities, which are designed in partnership with local communities and in line with international development frameworks


Covid-19: Statement from UCDVO
13 March 2020

In light of Covid-19 and the global health emergency, the UCDVO Board, in conjunction with UCD Global, has made the decision not to send volunteers overseas this summer. We understand how disappointing this will be for everyone given the level of preparation and commitment people have shown throughout the volunteering and development education programme since November.

UCDVO’s priority at all times is the health, safety and security of all volunteers and an ethical responsibility to act in the best interests of partners and the local communities where we work in India, Uganda and Tanzania.


It is UCDVO’s intention to engage closely with our volunteers and partners to design alternative projects that can be carried out remotely, where this is feasible. We want to minimise the impact of the decision not to travel and ensure, where possible, that adapted programmes can proceed.

UCDVO would like to thank all our volunteers, donors and friends for their generous support and ongoing commitment to UCDVO.


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Recent News & Opportunities

On account of Covid-19 Rás UCD 2020 due to take place on the 4th of April has been cancelled  and will be rescheduled for later in the year. 


Stay up to date with our Spring Newsletter 2020.


Listen back to content from Margaret Wheatley and our Storytelling Panel from our recent UCDVO Annual Forum.


Get all the updates from the recent 10 year Anniversary of Rás UCD.


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