VSO is an international development organisation that works through volunteers. Our vision is a world without poverty in which people work together to fulfil their potential. We bring people together to share skills, creativity and knowledge to build a fairer world. VSO Ireland recruits skilled professionals living on the island of Ireland or Irish citizens living overseas.
Long Term Development
Ages 25 to 75.
Yes; contact organisation for further details.
Yes; potential volunteers must have a degree qualification and a minimum of three post qualification experience.
Visit http://www.vso.ie and search for volunteer placements that are relevant to their professional experience. Register your interest in volunteering with us, email [email protected] or call 01 6401074 to speak to one of us
Following a successful application, you will be invited to attend an assessment day in our offices in Dublin which involves individual interviews, teamwork and team dilemmas. Following successful completion of the assessment day, the logistics of planning a volunteer placement overseas will begin including the provision of in-depth training on working in low-income countries
No. Volunteers are supported to fundraise €1500 prior to departure
All expenses are covered from pre-departure to post service. Pre-departure expenses covered include: travel to pre-departure training and lodging and food during training sessions; flights and accommodation on arrival overseas. In-service benefits include: monthly allowance based on local cost of living; travel for VSO business; language learning allowance; accommodation; mid-service holiday payment. Post-service benefits include flights home
Work Individually/In Teams
Code Of Practice
VSO are signatories to the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice.
VSO promotes Comhlámh’s Volunteer Charter.
In Country Support
Yes, available full-time.
Pre Programme Training
Covers areas such as preparation for going overseas, health and safety, development issues, and other topics.
Contact with Returned Volunteers
Yes; VSO actively encourages potential volunteers to get in-touch with returned volunteers.
Africa (Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia),
Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam)
Six months (mainly medical professional)
1 Year +
ZAMDA is a registered charity (Charity No. CHY16728). We are dedicated to providing direct and effective aid to a number of projects in and around the city of Kabwe in Zambia. Our main priority is supporting “Sables”, a centre for Kabwe’s street children.
What is SABLES?
Sables is a centre for the most vulnerable children in Kabwe; it offers food, clothing, medical care, emergency overnight accommodation, counseling, education and vocational training for over eighty O.V.C.s (orphaned and vulnerable children).
THE CHILDREN IN SABLES
Many of the children in Sables come from the streets of Kabwe and Lusaka; they have lost their parents to HIV / AIDS, been rejected by their families and forced onto the street to beg, steal or prostitute themselves in an effort to stay alive. Apart from the heartbreak, rejection and fear these vulnerable children they encounter cruelty and abuse on the streets. Other orphaned children come to Sables from the compounds (slums) of Makalulu and Katongo sent usually by their grandparents who cannot provide food or clothing or education for them.
In SABLES we provide the children with two meals a day with vitamin supplements, sports and recreation, clothing and a child-centred education which gives these children the basics and thereby an opportunity to progress into the regular school system . Our staff of Principal and three teachers, social worker and counsellor, cook, farmer and security guards provide a place of refuge, happiness and hope for some of the most marginalised children in the world.
Since our first involvement in 2004 our project has grown and grown. Working shoulder to shoulder with our host community, responding to their needs and guided and directed by them, our group has made a significant contribution to increasing the standard of living of our friends in Africa. To date our group had funded, worked with and been responsible for a number of projects.
NOW…. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
To make this difference in the lives of these children we need your help.
Support our work by :
* direct debit
* Sponsor one of the children in Sables
* Support our fundraising activities
* Volunteer and join us in Kabwe.