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UCD Volunteers Overseas

Work UCD International Centre Gerard Manley Hopkins Centre, UCD Belfield Dublin 4 Ireland Work Phone: (01)-7168570 Website: http://www.ucdvo.org/

Biography

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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

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Ireland

Yes

Yes

Short-term/Intercultural

Age Requirements
18+

Language Requirements
No

Disability Access
No

Education Requirement
No

Other Requirements
Applicants must be students, staff or alumni of University College Dublin.

Application Procedure
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.

Cost
Yes, €2,500 (covers flights, accommodation, local transport, training, project resources)

Benefits
Travel, food, accommodation, training

Work Individually/In Teams
In teams

Code Of Practice
Signatory to Comhlámh’s Code of Practice for Sending Organisations

Volunteer Charter
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

Post-Programme Debriefing
Yes

Contact with Returned Volunteers
Yes

Location
Asia
Latin America
Countries
Asia (India), Latin America (Haiti, Nicaragua), Africa (Tanzania)

Activities
Conservation/Environment
Construction
Education
Health/Medical

Duration
0-4 Weeks

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