There is a number of ways of becoming involved in Volunteering.
Contact Leitrim Development Company (071 96 41740) for a booklet on volunteering opportunities in Leitrim or have a look at their website www.volunteerinleitrim.ie to find out more. Otherwise you can have a look at the websites below to look for volunteering opportunities both locally and nationally. Agencies who are looking for volunteers are often looking for a variety of different people with a range of skills and experience – from electricians to administration staff, from fundraisers to painters!
Irish Based Agencies
- Volunteering Ireland – Lists voluntary work opportunities in Ireland and agencies both nationally and internationally.
- Volunteer Sligo – Can help you find a volunteer position or give you advice on the how, what and where of volunteering in general.
- Volunteer Centre Ireland is responsible for developing volunteering in Ireland.
- Irish Aid Centre provides information on all forms of volunteering opportunities available to anyone who wants to get involved.
Voluntary Work Abroad
- Action without Borders has a database of international volunteer opportunities as well as links to other organisations promoting global volunteering.
- Community Service Volunteers is a UK charity with a range of volunteering opportunities in areas such as the media and the environment.
- Global Volunteer Network places volunteers in community projects worldwide.
- Oneworld co-ordinates many NGO job vacancies (Oxfam, Christian Aid, Caritas etc).
- Volunteers for Peace is a US based organisation. Contains links to other voluntary organisations world-wide including Ireland.
- VSO International development charity that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.
- Working Abroad.com provides information on volunteer opportunities in over 150 countries worldwide.
Benefits of volunteering include:
- Exploring your career and personal interests
- Earning great recommendations for future employment or college applications
- Developing marketable job skills
- Building your CV
- Enriching your education
- Uncovering hidden skills and talents
- Increasing your self-confidence
- Making new friends
- Having fun
- Making a difference