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UCD Volunteers Overseas

Volunteer Applications

Applications for the 2017/18 Programme will be open 25th September 2017. Please note, applicants do not submit an application form for a particular country or project; preferences will be discussed at the interview stage.

UCDVO seeks applications from students, staff, graduates or external candidates with relevant experience who:

  • Want to engage in a one-year programme which includes pre-project training, development education, a one month overseas placement, debriefing and awareness raising
  • Can commit to the Programme for the Year and all mandatory events
  • Are flexible with regards where they go and what kind of work they do overseas - preferences and skills will be taken into account at the interview stage, however applications are not sought for specific project locations or tasks, UCDVO requires a high level of flexibility from volunteers
  • Are motivated by working with communities in developing countries and gaining an understanding of different cultures and lifestyles
  • Have an open mind and are adaptable to new environments, i.e. not distressed by change in climate, food, language, living conditions
  • Can commit to raising €2,600 between December and May 
  • Can work in a team and also use own initiative
  • Are creative and have a positive attitude
  • Are willing to share their experiences on return and engage in awareness raising activities with the UCDVO Student Society or networks of returned volunteers

General Volunteer Roles - Click here to APPLY

If this is your first time volunteering with UCDVO and you do not meet any of the criteria for a leadership position or a Clinical Tutor role, you should submit an application via our online application form. If you previously volunteered with UCDVO, but do not wish to apply for a leadership position and would like to return as a general volunteer, you should also apply via this form.

Applications are now closed for General Volunteer Roles

 Leadership Roles - Click here to APPLY

If you are interested in a Student Leader role or Team Leader role, you should submit an application via our online application form. Student Leaders must have previous experience volunteering with UCDVO. Team Leaders must be aged 24 or above and have some prior leadership experience.

Applications open 25th September 2017. Applications for Student Leaders are now Closed. Applications for Team Leaders are still open.

Physiotherapy Clinical Tutor Roles - Click here to APPLY

If you are a qualified Physiotherapist with a minimum of 3 years clinical experience and would like to apply for a Clinical Tutor role with UCDVO, you should submit an application via our online application form.

Applications open 25th September - 3rd November 2017.


Nutrition or Dietetics Graduate Clinical Tutor Role - Click here for application details.

The UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science (SAFS) in association with UCD Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO) are recruiting for a part funded tutor to support a Nutrition project that will run as part of the UCDVO project in Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda in July 2018.

Applications open 25th September - 3rd November 2017.


If you would like to get involved in UCDVO activities on campus please email and sign up to our Facebook page to keep updated on events.

For information on similar overseas volunteering opportunities please see our News & Resources section.