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UCD Volunteers Overseas
Volunteer Programme

 The UCDVO Programme is open to all UCD Students, Staff and Alumni, and runs over a period of 12 months. Leadership postions 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 committment 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 2018/19 Volunteering and Development Education Programme were open from 24th September 2018 to the 8th October.  Applications are still open for Team Coordinators, please visit our Volunteer Applications page for a role description and further details. All applicants are interviewed and places will be offered to successful applicants by the 9th November. Nutrition Tutor Applications are open until 3rd November 2018.

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