Working in Partnership

Partnership and collaboration are at the heart of UCDVO’s values. In working with overseas partners, we believe in the need to listen to the wisdom of local knowledge, learn from the expertise of our host communities and direct the funds raised by volunteers to projects identified as being of most benefit to these communities.


We work in partnership with local organisations in Haiti, India, Tanzania and Uganda. These include charities, non governmental organisations, hospitals and universities. The short term volunteering projects are based on the needs of the local community and are integrated into the ongoing programmes of each partner.

As an organisation we continually strive to strengthen and develop the quality of our international partnerships and to ensure the best outcomes for both local communities and volunteers.

Across UCD, we collaborate with a number of colleges and schools, including the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, and the School of Agriculture and Food Science. These collaborations and partnerships facilitate joint research and enable certain years to carry out part of their elective placements with UCDVO. Stage 1 2, and 3 BSc Physiotherapy, Stage 1 and 2 Professional Masters in Physiotherapy; or Stage 1 MSc Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics students are eligible to apply for the UCDVO Programme as elective students.

UCDVO also partners with Comhlámh (the Irish association of development workers and volunteers) for the delivery of many aspects of our global citizenship/development education programme.