Ashibard looks to work with children and students from below the poverty line in the area of North East India. It looks to promote awareness throughout the University campus and encourage students to volunteer during the summer months. Its aim is to improve the standards of education in the area through using creative methods of teaching.
Minimum 18 years old
Unfortunately we do not have placements that are accessible to volunteers with disabilities at the moment.
Open to university students or graduates. Ideally candidates would have qualification in education e.g. PDE TEFL.
No additional requirements
Volunteers have to complete the application form and have an interview. References could be requested afterwards.
Volunteers must raise €1000 (all of which goes directly to the charity). If a volunteer raises €1000, a fee of €200 for bed and board for 8 weeks is required. If volunteer raises more than €1500 no fee is required for food or accommodation for 8 week placement. All other costs are the volunteers.
We provide travel expenses such as a driver in India and airport transfer, use of computer, internet, two Indian sim cards each 5 people group, access to educational equipment and resources.
Work Individually/In Teams
Work Individually and in teams
In Country Support
Pre Programme Training
1) NUI Galway pre-departure training in security, culture and health. 2) Ashirbad cultural + pre-departure training 3) Ashirbad teacher training (qualified teacher with experience in India) Total of approximately 40 hours training.
Yes. Ashirbad debriefing in NUI Galway
Contact with Returned Volunteers
There are nights organised every year for returning and departing volunteers to meet.
The duration of projects is 8 weeks summer from mid June to mid August. Other placement times possible.
Draíocht was founded by a group of college students whose dream was to help orphaned Nepali children and to promote multi culturism in Ireland. We have established an orphanage home in Talamarang, a small village high in the mountains of Nepal and we send volunteers out to help every year. Our plan is to make the home completely self-sufficient within five years, we hope to do this by using renewable energy and creating an agri- business. We have also been involved in founding a community school in Talamarang which now has over 500 students. We have also been involved in various village health camps, and promoting local business in the village and hope to help establish a permanent health centre in the future.
Code of Good Practice
Participants in the programme must be a t least 18 years of age. There is no upper limit but volunteers must be medically certified as being fit for volunteering.
Educational or professional qualifications
Other selection criteria
Volunteers must complete Garda vetted.
Volunteers attend information night and if they express interest than they submit a written application. References are not sought after. Candidates are then interviewed and if successful can participate in the programme providing they complete Garda clearance get the relevant vaccines and pay a deposit.
Volunteers are expected to raise a minimum of €200 in aid of the charity. This is the mimimum expected and most volunteers raise well in excess of this.An additional €60 is sought after as a deposit and is non-refundable. This money is used to cover food and accommodation costs of volunteers while they are abroad. Volunteers are expected to pay for their own flights and vaccines which can be expected to be less than €1000
Food, accommodation and transfers to and from the airport are organised. Nepally language classes are provided as is pre departure training.
The activities of the volunteers vary from year to year depending on the needs of the orphanage and the full time staff there. At present volunteers are doing predominantly manual work building a new orphanage and volunteer shelter. They also help out with the children organising activities for them, cooking, helping with school work etc. Volunteers have in the past ran local health camps taught in local school and brought them valuable teaching aids.
All volunteers stay a period of one month. Three groups of 10-12 volunteers go out in the months of June, July and August.
Work individually or in teams
Volunteers work in a team of 10-12 with the other volunteers with them at the time.
in-country contact person for volunteers
Yes. A number and address for this contact as well as their next of kins address is given. This person is Draíocht’s point of contact in Nepal, meets the volunteers at the airport and brings them to the orphanage. The contact is a self-employed business man.
Pre-departure training for volunteers?
Yes there are several information talks and a pre departure training workshop given by the Draíocht committee. Local customs, information on food, travel, vaccines and health are covered in this workshop. The college provides a talk on safety and security while traveling abroad. Language classes are also provided free of charge.
Post-return debriefing for volunteers
Most volunteers are involved in a debriefing and complete a feedback evaluation as part of this.
Can you put accepted volunteers in touch with returned volunteers
The vision of Nurture Africa is for the most vulnerable children in Uganda to lead productive lives and become positive influences on society. Our development projects provide healthcare and education for orphans and vulnerable children. Nurture Africa believes in working in partnership with Ugandan communities and supporting them holistically. Nurture Africa was formerly known as A-Z Children’s Charity.
Minimum: 20 – no upper age limit
Fluent English is necessary
It depends on the nature of the disability, but if a volunteer’s mobility is seriously affected, the placement may not be suitable.
We offer specialised placements for primary and secondary teachers and for nurses, including under-graduates. We also offer placements for which no specific qualifications are required. Student nurses must have completed at least their 3rd year of training to be eligible.
Complete an application form which can be returned by email or post. Applicants will be invited for an interview, and those who are successful will be allocated places on a first-come-first-served basis. Places are limited so early application is recommended to avoid disappointment. Contact us for an application form or download it from the website.
Volunteers must pay for flights, vaccinations and living expenses.
Living expenses, all meals, accommodation, local transport, private health insurance are provided for a nominal one-off fee (approx €130 for the whole placement).
Work Individually/In Teams
Code Of Practice
Signatories of the Comhlamh Code of Good Practice
Comhlamh Volunteer Charter
In Country Support
Yes, the Volunteer Coordinators who provide the pre-departure induction and training also travel to Uganda to coordinate the volunteer projects.
Pre Programme Training
Yes – 2 workshop weekends providing information on travel, health, organisational policies, cultural awareness, team-building and placement preparation.
Yes, Reunion Day including group debriefing.