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The Suas Volunteer Programme provides an opportunity to work in India for 10 weeks; 9 of these weeks are spent in a community-based school or educational project, the remaining week is dedicated to workshops on development issues. The Programme will give you the opportunity to develop your professional skills, work in a team and learn about development issues in our interconnected world. Today, the Volunteer Programme continues to evolve; building upon the success of previous years and responding to the ongoing challenges faced by each partner organisation. Suas is a secular and registered charity.
The typical age of our Volunteers is 18-25; however, those exceeding the upper age limit will still be considered
ProcedureYou must complete our online application form (found here: http://www.suas.ie). If selected, you will proceed to the interview stage. 2 references are required.
Each person who accepts a place on the Volunteer Programme must commit to raising a minimum of €2995; this is in addition to the non-refundable deposit of €250, required to secure your place on the Programme. Visas and vaccinations are also required at your own expense.
The €2995 covers your: flights, accommodation, insurance, training costs, “Global Perspectives” expenses, coordinators and in-country support, as well as a contribution towards the running costs of the Programme.
Work Individually/In Teams
Code Of Practice
We have a legal and a team contract, are signatories of the Comhlámh code of practice for sending organisations and are signatories of the Dochas code of images.
Comhlámh Volunteer Charter
In Country Support
Yes. We provide a full time team leader in-country, and a 24 hour emergency hotline based in Ireland
Pre Programme Training
Yes, three action-packed weekends support the Volunteers’ preparations. These cover an introduction to: the Partner organisations, development issues, Health & Safety, skills development, fundraising and teamwork.
Yes. The return reception acts as a platform for the Volunteers to present their placements and Partner organisations to their friends, family and the Programme’s supporters. This is accomplished through placement videos and photo exhibitions. It is also a chance to thank everybody who was involved with the Programme.
Contact with Returned Volunteers