If you are out of work volunteering is a great way to build your experience, to develop your skills and to fill that gap in your CV! Volunteering can also be very fulfilling because you will be making a difference in a community and in your Own life. Volunteers are involved in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment. Some volunteers give just one hour a week and some work in a full time capacity.
Cork Volunteer Centre
A good place to start looking for a volunteering position is the Cork Volunteer Centre. The Centre provides information and advice to people interested in volunteering and it produces a list of non profit organisations who are seeking volunteers. The service is free of charge.
Address: 13 North Main Street, Cork
Telephone: 021 425 1572
Activelink is also a very good site to find volunteering opportunities. It is a site which holds information on jobs, training and volunteering in the community and voluntary sector.
Volunteer Centres Ireland
Volunteer Centres Ireland (VCI )is the national organisation with responsibility for developing
volunteering nationally and locally, a mandate approved and supported by the Department of Community,
Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. We are a membership organisation, established by volunteer centres to co-
operate and network on any issue relating to volunteer centres and volunteering in Ireland.
Living and working abroad is a great life opportunity. As well as giving you skills, experience and knowledge, it also offers you opportunities to live in a different culture and to broaden your understanding of yourself and the world around you. The following websites are useful if you are thinking of volunteering abroad.
This site has information on volunteering abroad.
I to I Lifechanging Travel
I to I been sending people to volunteer in Africa, Asia, Australasia and Latin America since 1996.
EIL Experience in Intercultural Learning
Intercultural Learning is an Irish “not for profit” organisation which provides intercultural learning opportunities through study abroad, volunteer abroad, language training, travel awards, group educational programmes, and other cultural immersion activities for about 2,000 people each year. It’s based in Cork city.
Based on principles of experiential learning (learning by doing), EIL programmes are designed to provide tools to survive and thrive in another culture or in a different language, to foster personal development, to build communication and leadership skills, and to be active citizens in an interdependent world.
In short the aim of EIL Intercultural Learning is to enrich lives and to inspire global citizenship.
Comhlamh is the organisation which represents Irish Development Workers. It is a good organisation to contact if you are interested in working in a developing country and wish to go abroad with organisations such as Concern, Gorta or other sending agencies.