To date, 1294 volunteers have engaged in environmental, educational, healthcare, construction and computer training projects in disadvantaged communities overseas. The work is undertaken in close cooperation with local communities. The majority of volunteers are undergraduate UCD students, but UCD staff and alumni also volunteer. While project time overseas is typically for one month in June/July, volunteers undertake a pre- and post-placement training programme which spans an eleven month period from volunteer selection in November to de-briefing the following September. The training programme covers topics such as the sustainable development goals, intercultural learning, ethical volunteering, health and safety, and practical skills training for awareness-raising and campaigns.
The UCDVO Student Society is an active group of returned volunteers whose role is to engage students in raising awareness of development issues, carry out fundraising activities and promote opportunities for students to volunteer on development projects overseas.