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UCD Volunteers Overseas
Volunteer Programme

Come along to our UCDVO Information Evening on Monday 23 September at 6pm in B004 in Health Science Building, UCD. 

The UCDVO Programme is open to all UCD Students, Staff and Alumni, and runs over a period of 12 months. Leadership positions are open to UCD Staff members or graduates/development workers/teachers/or those with relevant experience. Applications open in September each year and following an interview process, places are offered to successful candidates by mid-November. Volunteers take part in a series of development education, training and team-building events while also carrying out their own individual fundraising activities throughout the year. General volunteers have a fundraising target of €2,650 which must be raised between November and April. Overseas placements are for four weeks and normally take place from mid/end of June to mid/end of July. On return from overseas, volunteers take part in a debriefing course and engage in awareness raising activities to share their experiences working in developing countries.


What to Expect

Volunteering with UCDVO is an excellent opportunity to learn about key development issues, to contribute time and energy to projects which are carefully planned in partnership with local communities, and to work within intercultural and diverse teams of enthusiastic and motivated young people.

Participating in the UCDVO Volunteering and Development Education Programme is a year-long commitment with several programme days taking place over the course of the year. Applicants should review the scheduled programme dates to ensure they are in a position to fully participate.

UCDVO takes the health and safety of all of our volunteers very seriously, particularly when working in a new environment overseas. That is why we ask all participants to respect our Health and Safety Statement and our Policy on Alcohol and Drugs. We encourage people to familiarise themselves with these in advance of application.


How to Apply

Applications for the 2019/20 Volunteering and Development Education Programme will open from 23rd September 2019 to the 7th October. All applicants were interviewed and places were offered to successful applicants by early November. 

Please review our Programme Dates before applying.  You can make your online application via our Applications Page.