volunteer with us

We would like to hear from you…

If you are trained or have experience in any of the following areas you could make a worthwhile contribution to the projects we support:

Ashling MacDonagh, a 2012 volunteer, doing artwork with children at St. Joseph's School, Bulbula

Ashling MacDonagh, a 2012 volunteer, doing artwork with children at St. Joseph’s School, Bulbula

  • Education at all levels from pre-school to adult education
  • English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching
  • Childcare, youth or community work
  • Creative arts, crafts, photography or music
  • Physical education or coaching
  • Carpentry, plumbing or electrics
  • Leadership, project management or proposal writing
  • Information technology or administration
  • Business, entrepreneurship or accounting
  • Sign language, deaf teaching or deaf awareness training

Join the team…

Our placements are generally short term, from a minimum of one month to a maximum of three months. Volunteers can stay for longer but may need to may some visa adjustments.

 All candidates should firstly submit an application form, and will then be interviewed by VLM personnel. As VLM is a signatory of the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice, we ask all candidates to submit a Garda vetting form and to declare that they are of sound physical, mental and emotional health. 

Summer Programme
If you wish to volunteer during summer 2014 on one of our summer programme teams you application should be submitted by March 31st at the latest. The dates for travel for the summer programmes are from mid-July to mid-August and are summer camps for children from Daughters of Charity and Vincentian schools at various locations around Ethiopia. Click here for more details on our projects.

Cost
Successful candidates are then required to raise or pay €3000 (return volunteers €2,500) to cover the cost of their placement.

Kathleen Conlon, Return Volunteer in 2012 to Atse Primary School, Addis Ababa.

Kathleen Conlon, Return Volunteer in 2012 to Atse Primary School, Addis Ababa.

This includes:

  • flights
  • room and board
  • internal travel
  • travel insurance
  • inoculations
  • visa
  • administration
  • on-going support in the field
  • pre-departure training
  • debrief and follow-up

VLM provides volunteers with resources to support their fundraising. For hints and tips on fundraising visit Volunteer Fundraising

Pre-D Training

VLM's 2013 Volunteers at Pre-Departure training in All Hallows College, May 2013.

VLM’s 2013 Volunteers at Pre-Departure training in All Hallows College, May 2013.

Volunteers must also attend all pre-departure training sessions, which will be held on April 26th & 27th in 2014, at All Hallows College. Pre-departure training includes sessions on development education, poverty and inequality, health & well being, cultural awareness, classroom management, the Vincentian ethos and spirituality,  as well as practical and personal preparation for the placement. 
Volunteers always find this useful as it is a chance to meet others travelling and prepare together for the delivery of summer projects run by volunteers during these months in our partner schools.

A one-day debriefing will also be arranged for the following autumn and is recommended to all returning volunteers.

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