UCD Volunteers Overseas has been established to offer students the opportunity to engage in voluntary work in the developing world. We believe in the need to listen to the wisdom of local knowledge and learn from the expertise of local people in all the community projects where we work. We fundraise to support these projects financially on a once off and continuing basis. Those funds are directed according to need to projects identified by local groups, which will most benefit the community. Central to the work of the charity is the belief that students benefit greatly by volunteering their time and energy in these projects. The challenge for students and local people is to learn a mutual respect and understanding of each other’s cultural identities maintaining the hope that we can alleviate some of the causes of disadvantage
Applicants must be students, staff or alumni of University College Dublin.
Applications open online during the first 2 weeks of October each year. Interviews take place at the end of October. Volunteers are selected by mid-November.
Yes, €2,500 (covers flights, accommodation, local transport, training, project resources)
Travel, food, accommodation, training
Work Individually/In Teams
Code Of Practice
Signatory to Comhlámh’s Code of Practice for Sending Organisations
Promotes Comhlámh’s Volunteer Charter.
In Country Support
No, but all teams work with a local NGO
Pre Programme Training
Yes, four training days, in conjunction with Comhlámh
Contact with Returned Volunteers
Asia (India), Latin America (Haiti, Nicaragua), Africa (Tanzania)