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Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to explore a career path, get to know lots of new people, and help all at the same time.

European Voluntary Service (EVS)

EVS stands for European Voluntary Service - a programme that provides support and funding for young people to spend some time doing voluntary work in another country. The programme is open to young people between 17 and 30 years. At least 90% of your travel costs are covered, your accommodation and food is provided for you, and there are additional funds available to support disadvantaged young people who would like to take part in EVS. The volunteer:

  • is supported by an organisation in their home country
  • is hosted by an organisation in the destination country
  • is supported in their voluntary work by a supervisor
  • receives personal support from an assigned mentor
  • can contact Léargas for support at any stage

So what volunteering positions can you do? The possibilities are endless. Here are some examples of projects:

~ organise a music festival in Germany ~ assist in sports tournaments in Spain ~ work with children in a special school in Lithuania ~ help in a zoo in Estonia ~ See more examples here

If you need any more information, check out our links, or email evs@leargas.ie

EVS links

European Youth Portal

EVS database

EVS leaflet


Volunteer exchange links

WorkAway

HelpX

WWOOFInternational


Volunteer work in return for board

There are now many opportunities to volunteer your time in exchange for accommodation and food, and explore the country in your free time.

You can do a range of tasks, such as doing up an old cottage, helping out on an organic farm, au-pairing for a family, doing maintenance work on a holiday centre, carrying out general duties in a hostel, helping in an orphanage, being a guide for tourists, doing photography projects and much more. Examples of sites which list these opportunities are WorkAway and HelpX.

WWOOFing - which stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms - is whereby a volunteer works on an organic farm in exchange for accommodation and food. Lots of countries have their own website, however the main one is listed in the links.

Many hosts only require 4-6 hours work per day for 5 days, however this differs between hosts, and depends on whether accommodation and food or just accommodation are offered. The sites listed require a small fee for viewing all details of hosts.

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Other volunteering opportunities

Voluntary Service International (VSI) offers short and long-term volunteering opportunities and these are available world wide.

Comhlámh is an organisation that encourages, promotes and assists volunteering in overseas projects. It also campaigns for volunteer organisations to sign up to its Code of Good Practice, ensuring the safety and welfare of its volunteers.

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) has many different areas in which you can volunteer, from emergency relief to ICT.

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Volunteering links

Voluntary Service International

Comhlámh

Comhlámh - Code of Good Practice

United Nations Volunteers