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Culture Night at Scala: An inspiring success

What an amazing time at Scala on Culture Night!

K Eastmann founder of Cork Repair Cafe describes the Culture Night 2022 event at Scala.

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All the collaborators - Photo by José Bateira






What an amazing time at Scala on Culture Night!

The collaborated efforts of SERVE, Cork Zero Waste, Cork Clothes Swap, Cork Repair Café, artist Silvio Severino and crafts-person Ashleigh Ellis, all came together beautifully to show how you can build a sustainable culture by bringing back some of the old traditions and practices of fixing, repurposing, and exchanging the things we have.

Sharing with others our skills and knowledge, as well as creating works of art out of everyday things. There was a frenzy of activity on the night as people came in with things to repair, clothes to swap, even plants and books to exchange.

There was also a photo exhibition to highlight the impact of climate change and another one showcasing life in different parts of the world to help us understand we’re interconnected and interdependent.

An eagerness to learn and share skills, experiences and ideas filled the room with the inspiring energy of community and culture.

The small bit of rain didn’t deter people from walking and absorbing the wonders of The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Trail built by SERVE volunteers. And delicious ethnic food was enjoyed while everyone indulged in the activities.

In the end, everyone came away with a little more insight on how to incorporate the skills and ideas that they learned into their daily lives. And by doing so, they become an essential part in building a sustainable culture.

All the photographs below are by José Bateira.

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Meet Kayleigh Walshe – SERVE Fundraising & Events coordinator

End poverty to achieve non-violence

Kayleigh Walshe is newly appointed as SERVE Fundraising and Events Coordinator. Kayleigh writes a blog to observe International Day of Non Violence

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Kayliegh Walshe, SERVE Fundraising and Events Coordinator






The International Day of Non–Violence to me reiterates the United Nations commitment to peace through education and poverty reduction. United Nations recognises that taking care of all vulnerable people will lead to non-violence. For this reason, the work of charities like SERVE and their partner organisations are essential in the promotion of non-violence across the globe.

The Global Goals or Sustainable Development Goals are an integral part of SERVE’s mission and I think they all contribute to the maintenance of non-violent mindsets. Goal number 16 of Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions as well as the UN Charter of Human Rights all contribute to the mission of non – violence.

In an ideal world, this day would come with worldwide ceasefires in areas of conflict, an increase in education, and an end to poverty.

In my role at SERVE, I hope to raise funds to allow our partners to continue their work. I also aim to encourage active citizenship in Ireland through education on cultures and countries that they may otherwise not have a chance to discover. I envision many interactive events to raise awareness of SERVE by creating genuine relationships with our public donors.

As Gandhi said, “Poverty is the worst form of violence,” so by fundraising for SERVE on behalf of our partner organisations, we can help with the poverty reduction in their communities therein contributing to non-violence.

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2023 Volunteer Programme

Be the Change Volunteer Programme 2023 Applications are now open to our Volunteer Programme which has overseas, local or hybrid options. Read More Attend Info

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Event volunteers needed

Events Volunteers Needed SERVE seeks self-motivated and sociable people to join our team of volunteers for events coming up in 2022.  Having skills like face

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Meet Urs Queng – SERVE Long Term Volunteer in Cork

Soccer, solidarity and growth

Urs Queng is SERVE’s new long term volunteer in Cork. Urs explains soccer and community go hand in hand. He also shares his hopes for the coming year with SERVE.

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Urs Queng - Photo by José Bateira






I have been playing soccer in Germany for the last five years for FC Rot-Weiss Lessenich 1951. Soccer is a very versatile sport, because it also helps develop values such as solidarity and team spirit in ourselves.

Every player’s talent may help a team to win, however, without team spirit and solidarity a team can not succeed through wins and losses.

I was at the recently held SERVE 5-aside Soccer Tournament as a volunteer referee – and I can attest to the fact that soccer helps build communities too. The success of the seven teams who played for SERVE is a huge win for the partners SERVE works with in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

I will be in Ireland for a year with SERVE. During this time, I look forward to meet people and have new experiences. I hope to learn a lot about fundraising and to have interesting conversations by helping on projects. I also hope to learn a lot about the different cultures of the countries SERVE sends volunteers to and about working with different people and on different issues.

I look forward to develop myself through my work with SERVE and that I will be able to look back on the year with gratitude.

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Thoughts from the 1st SERVE Soccer Tournament

Thoughts from SERVE Soccer Tournament

SERVE volunteer Antonio di Mare describes our 1st 5-a-side Soccer Tournament fundraiser

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Most of the players along with Team SERVE and volunteers. Photo by José Bateira






The 5-a-side Soccer tournament was held on Sept 11th at Nemo Rangers GAA complex in Douglas, Cork. It is one of my favourite events on my journey with SERVE community.

Watching all the team players while they were playing soccer for a common goal is an unforgettable experience. They were equal parts competitive and playful. All the bruises that players got from multiple 15 min matches were forgotten by the players. I suspect they were driven by their Solidarity in Action.

Over €700 was raised on the day – this will directly assist our partners Young Africa through the SERVE Skills for Youth Resilience Programme. The funds will support over 17 graduates across Mozambique and Zimbabwe with Solar Technology business kits.

The influence and positivity has been transmitted (of course not COVID related!!) also between all the SERVE team and volunteers who have shown a great sense of commitment, to organise this fundraiser.

A warm vote of thanks to Arron the balloon man and to José Bateira who captured the special moments of the day.

At the end, I witnessed the beautiful expression of gratitude from Gerry O’Connor who is SERVE’s chairperson.

We celebrated the tournament winners and all the players, there were prizes and a humble lunch of sandwiches and juice – in classic SERVE style where each person makes their own sandwich.

I must highlight there was a sense of mutual respect, and belonging and that I feel valued for my time. Also, I can not imagine how wrecked the the players were since I myself was extremely tired after volunteering the full day.

I wish we could gather like this everyday to raise awareness about the disparities in the world. It feels great to do something together and this I believe has been the best reward.

All in all a successful day – a small win towards offering disadvantaged people a platform to realise their full potential through decent employment.

All the photographs below are by Jose Bateira.

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Mozambique 2023 Volunteer Programme

Volunteer in Mozambique with SERVE in 2023

An overview of your SERVE volunteer placement in India

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SERVE Volunteers at Young Africa Manga Campus in Beira, Mozambique






Volunteers will be placed in the port city of Beira with Young Africa Mozambique. Young Africa’s focus is on life skills and technical and vocational training. SERVE and Young Africa have been working closely together since 2008, delivering innovative projects that are focused on technical, vocational, and educational training (TVET), life skills, and practical youthwork. Young Africa operates two campuses. Volunteers will be split between the Manga Campus and at the Dondo Agri-Tech campus. 

 

What work will I be doing? 

  • – Construction and renovation work in Beira. 
  • – Horticulture and agriculture work in Dondo. 
  • – Conversational English lessons. 
  • – Youth and community activities, such as sports days and community festivals. 
  • – Supporting the on-going initiatives of Young Africa. 

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Age 18+ and must no longer be in full time second level education. All backgrounds and disciplines are welcome. You must be willing to get stuck-in, open to learning about new cultures and perspectives, and able to live and work with a diverse group of people.

This placement is open to individuals with a variety of backgrounds and skills.

Volunteers must be willing to get stuck in and happy to do some physical labour such as mixing cement, laying bricks, and digging foundations.

A background in construction or engineering is strongly desired for the Beira placement.

A background in horticulture and agriculture is strongly desired for the Dondo campus.

Both placements are also looking volunteers with solar panel technology skills.

Some basic Portuguese is also beneficial. 

The SERVE volunteer programme is an immersive experience, with huge learning opportunities. Volunteers work closely with locals, offering a unique opportunity to gain insights into the lives of people in Mozambique. The Young Africa campuses are busy, bustling places and volunteers can be called on to get involved in a range of social and cultural activities.

An average day includes but is not limited to:

  • – On-site agricultural, construction and renovation work. 
  • – Facilitating youth and community activities. 
  • – Immersion into life on the Young Africa campuses. 
  • – Unstructured engagement with Young Africa students and staff, through working side-by-side, playing sport or games, or through general conversation. 
  • – Global Citizenship Education

Volunteers will live on the Young Africa Manga campus and Young Africa Dondo campus, depending on their placements.

Accommodation is basic but comfortable. Meals are provided on campus. 

All the volunteers will stay together in Beira during the orientation period and at the weekends. 

 

You will be required to consult  your doctor for expert medical advice. Vaccinations are at the expense of the individual volunteer and should not be fundraised for.

Global Citizenship Education (GCE) is a core part of the SERVE volunteer programme. The placement, through the immersion of volunteers into the everyday challenges of life, presents unique opportunities for global learning and nurturing cross-cultural understanding. 

The learning experience of the placement is contextualised through GCE. Through interactive sessions and tasks, facilitated by the team leaders or guest speakers, volunteers are encouraged to think critically about the placement, their role in the world, and broader issues of injustice, inequality, and the challenge of sustainable and inclusive development. GCE is mainstreamed through the pre-departure training, the placement, and the debriefing seminar. 

Read up on all the placements then register your expression of interest here.

Following this, you will also be required to attend/watch an info-session about the programme. At the end of the info-session, you will receive the application form.

Once you have submitted your application, a member of Team SERVE will be in contact with you to organise an interview (in-person or Zoom).

If you are successful, your place will be confirmed shortly afterwards. 

FAQ on Fees

Most frequent questions and answers

This is relevant to those who are applying to volunteer overseas with SERVE.

You have to raise a minimum of €3,495 / £3,070 (inclusive of your non-refundable deposit of €200/£200). 

This covers the costs relating to:

  • – your flight and travel insurance,
  • – pre-departure training costs,
  • – in-country support,
  • – your main meals, accommodation, transport while on your overseas placement
  • – a grant to the overseas partner with whom you will be placed and
  • – your attendance at the SERVE “Next Step” Weekend following your return to Ireland. 

You will receive fundraising support and workshops extensively during the pre-departure training days and on request at any stage throughout the process. 

This is relevant to those who are applying to volunteer overseas with SERVE.

Many of our Volunteers raise sums over and above their 3,495 / £3,070.  All of the funds raised above the target amount go directly to our Project Country fund; this provides financial support to our partners, enabling them to deliver on projects which the volunteers will work on. 

 

 

This is relevant to those who are applying to volunteer overseas with SERVE.

The 3,495 / £3,070 participation fee primarily covers the running costs of your placement. If you do not raise this amount, you will have to forfeit your place. However, if you are having trouble with fundraising, you will have the support of both SERVE and our volunteer network to help you to reach your target. 

 

 

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Zambia 2023 Volunteer Programme

Volunteer in Zambia with SERVE in 2023

An overview of your SERVE volunteer placement in Zambia

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SERVE Volunteers at Assumption Paraish, Mazabuka in Zambia






In Zambia, volunteers will split their time between Mazabuka and Lusaka.

In Mazabuka, volunteers will be placed for two weeks with the SERVE and Assumption Parish Youth Project. The project targets young people, delivering programmes in the areas of primary education, practical youthwork, and life-skills training. SERVE have been working in Zambia since 2009, supporting targeted infrastructure and capacity building initiatives.

In Lusaka, volunteers will be placed for two weeks with Young Africa Zambia. Young Africa’s focus is on life skills and technical and vocational training. SERVE and Young Africa have been working closely together since 2008, delivering innovative projects that are focused on technical, vocational, and educational training (TVET), life skills, and practical youthwork. 

 

What work will I be doing at both locations? 

  • – Facilitating a programme of youthwork and youth leadership training, under the guidance of a youthwork specialist. 
  • – Facilitating creative arts workshops for children and teenagers, with a focus on music, drama, and sport. 
  • – Conversational English lessons 
  • – Minor construction work such as painting etc 
  • – Supporting the on-going initiatives of the Assumption Parish Youth Project and Young Africa, Zambia 

 

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Age 18+ and must no longer be in full time second level education. All backgrounds and disciplines are welcome. You must be willing to get stuck-in, open to learning about new cultures and perspectives, and able to live and work with a diverse group of people.

This placement is open to individuals with a variety of backgrounds and skills. Volunteers must be willing to get stuck in and enjoy working with children and teenagers.

A background in youthwork, creative arts or teaching is an advantage.

Other skills that would be useful include experience in HR/recruitment/professional development and career advisors.

You will be required to consult  your doctor for expert medical advice. Vaccinations are at the expense of the individual volunteer and should not be fundraised for.

In Lusaka, volunteers will live as a group in Young Africa’s YWCA accommodation. In Mazabuka, volunteers will live as a group in the Assumption Parish community house, located at the heart of all project activities. In both locations, accommodation is basic but comfortable. Meals are provided on-site. 

The SERVE volunteer programme is an immersive experience, with huge learning opportunities. Volunteers work closely with locals, offering a unique opportunity to gain insights into the lives of people in Zambia.

An average day includes but is not limited to:

  • – Facilitating youth work and youth leadership training. 
  • – Facilitating creative arts and sports activities. 
  • – Immersion into life in Zambia. 
  • – Unstructured engagement with the people of Mazabuka, through working side-by-side, playing sport or games, or through general conversation. 
  • – Global Citizenship Education

Global Citizenship Education (GCE) is a core part of the SERVE volunteer programme. The placement, through the immersion of volunteers into the everyday challenges of life, presents unique opportunities for global learning and nurturing cross-cultural understanding. 

The learning experience of the placement is contextualised through GCE. Through interactive sessions and tasks, facilitated by the team leaders or guest speakers, volunteers are encouraged to think critically about the placement, their role in the world, and broader issues of injustice, inequality, and the challenge of sustainable and inclusive development. GCE is mainstreamed through the pre-departure training, the placement, and the debriefing seminar. 

Read up on all the placements then register your expression of interest here.

Following this, you will also be required to attend/watch an info-session about the programme. At the end of the info-session, you will receive the application form.

Once you have submitted your application, a member of Team SERVE will be in contact with you to organise an interview (in-person or Zoom).

If you are successful, your place will be confirmed shortly afterwards. 

FAQ on Fees

Most frequent questions and answers

This is relevant to those who are applying to volunteer overseas with SERVE.

You have to raise a minimum of €3,495 / £3,070 (inclusive of your non-refundable deposit of €200/£200). 

This covers the costs relating to:

  • – your flight and travel insurance,
  • – pre-departure training costs,
  • – in-country support,
  • – your main meals, accommodation, transport while on your overseas placement
  • – a grant to the overseas partner with whom you will be placed and
  • – your attendance at the SERVE “Next Step” Weekend following your return to Ireland. 

You will receive fundraising support and workshops extensively during the pre-departure training days and on request at any stage throughout the process. 

This is relevant to those who are applying to volunteer overseas with SERVE.

Many of our Volunteers raise sums over and above their 3,495 / £3,070.  All of the funds raised above the target amount go directly to our Project Country fund; this provides financial support to our partners, enabling them to deliver on projects which the volunteers will work on. 

 

 

This is relevant to those who are applying to volunteer overseas with SERVE.

The 3,495 / £3,070 participation fee primarily covers the running costs of your placement. If you do not raise this amount, you will have to forfeit your place. However, if you are having trouble with fundraising, you will have the support of both SERVE and our volunteer network to help you to reach your target. 

 

 

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India 2023 Volunteer Programme

Volunteer in India with SERVE in 2023

An overview of your SERVE volunteer placement in India

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SERVE Volunteers at APD in India






Volunteers will be placed with two partners Association of People with Disability (APD)and Sumanahalli Society. These are integrated education, rehabilitation, and social care centres for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. SERVE have been working in India since 2005, supporting innovative projects in the area of disability awareness, improving access to basic services, and targeted educational supports of people with disability. 

 

What work will I be doing? 

  • – Teaching support in integrated primary schools. 
  • – Facilitating workshops and activities. 
  • – Staff training and capacity building. 
  • – Outreach visits and social care work. 
  • – Supporting the on-going initiatives of APD and Sumanahalli Society. 
  • – Marketing and communications related work for those with the relevant experience 

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Age 18+ and must no longer be in full time second level education. All backgrounds and disciplines are welcome. You must be willing to get stuck-in, open to learning about new cultures and perspectives, and able to live and work with a diverse group of people.

This placement is open to individuals with a variety of backgrounds and skills. Volunteers must be willing to get stuck in and be comfortable working closely with children and adults with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities.

Previous experience of working with people with disability is desirable.

A background in teaching, social care, early childcare assistance or creative arts is an advantage.

There are also specific opportunities for people with backgrounds in healthcare, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy.

We are also looking for people with specific skill sets and experience particularly in wheelchair assembling and inclusion and diversity immersion skills. 

This placement is also open to someone with experience in communications or marketing to work on an advocacy project for SERVE and APD. 

You will be required to consult  your doctor for expert medical advice. Vaccinations are at the expense of the individual volunteer and should not be fundraised for.


During the working week volunteers will be split into two groups. Volunteers assigned to Sumanahalli will stay on-site, with basic but comfortable accommodation provided. Volunteers assigned to APD with stay in a retreat house, a short journey from the APD campus. All the volunteers will stay together in NSK during the orientation period and the weekends. 

The SERVE volunteer programme is an immersive experience, with huge learning opportunities. Volunteers work closely with locals, offering a unique opportunity to gain insights into the lives of people in India.

An average day includes but is not limited to:

  • – Supporting teachers in the integrated primary schools. 
  • – Designing activities and workshops in response to the needs of the partners. 
  • – Identifying opportunities for resource sharing and staff capacity building. 
  • – Immersion into life in India. 
  • – Unstructured engagement with staff and students of the partner organisation, through working side-by-side, playing sport or games, or through general conversation. 
  • – Global Citizenship Education

Global Citizenship Education (GCE) is a core part of the SERVE volunteer programme. The placement, through the immersion of volunteers into the everyday challenges of life, presents unique opportunities for global learning and nurturing cross-cultural understanding. 

The learning experience of the placement is contextualised through GCE. Through interactive sessions and tasks, facilitated by the team leaders or guest speakers, volunteers are encouraged to think critically about the placement, their role in the world, and broader issues of injustice, inequality, and the challenge of sustainable and inclusive development. GCE is mainstreamed through the pre-departure training, the placement, and the debriefing seminar. 

Read all the details of the placements then sign up here.

Once you have submitted your application, a member of Team SERVE will be in contact with you at the end of October to organise an informal phone-interview to find out more about you and why you want to volunteer with us and be part of our 2023 Volunteer Programme.

If you are successful, your place will be confirmed shortly afterwards. 

FAQ on Fees

Most frequent questions and answers

This is relevant to those who are applying to volunteer overseas with SERVE.

You have to raise a minimum of €3,495 / £3,070 (inclusive of your non-refundable deposit of €200/£200). 

This covers the costs relating to:

  • – your flight and travel insurance,
  • – pre-departure training costs,
  • – in-country support,
  • – your main meals, accommodation, transport while on your overseas placement
  • – a grant to the overseas partner with whom you will be placed and
  • – your attendance at the SERVE “Next Step” Weekend following your return to Ireland. 

You will receive fundraising support and workshops extensively during the pre-departure training days and on request at any stage throughout the process. 

This is relevant to those who are applying to volunteer overseas with SERVE.

Many of our Volunteers raise sums over and above their 3,495 / £3,070.  All of the funds raised above the target amount go directly to our Project Country fund; this provides financial support to our partners, enabling them to deliver on projects which the volunteers will work on. 

 

 

This is relevant to those who are applying to volunteer overseas with SERVE.

The 3,495 / £3,070 participation fee primarily covers the running costs of your placement. If you do not raise this amount, you will have to forfeit your place. However, if you are having trouble with fundraising, you will have the support of both SERVE and our volunteer network to help you to reach your target. 

 

 

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Overview 2023 Volunteer Programme

Overview of 2023 Volunteer Programme

All placement types explained with details of the recruitment process.






We are now recruiting volunteers for our 2023 Volunteer Programme. We’re back after a 3-year break with a few changes.

Volunteers will be involved in an 8-month Global Citizenship Programme (GCE – otherwise known as Development Education) with the option to do a local volunteering placement, or a 4-week overseas placement from early July to early August.  

For the 2023 Volunteer Programme we are offering overseas placements in:  

  • – Bangalore, India 
  • – Lusaka & Mazabuka, Zambia 
  • – Beira & Dondo, Mozambique 

Volunteer with SERVE to be the change you want to see in the world.

  1. Benefit from comprehensive Global Citizenship Education workshops, hearing from speakers and guest facilitators from the Global South. Topics include: Advocacy & Human Rights; Social Justice & Inequality; Responsible Consumption – focus on Fast Fashion; Attitudes and Languages towards Ethnic Minorities; Our Food System and Climate Change; Partnership and Locally Led Sustainable Development; Disability Stigma in India; Effects of Climate Change in the Global South – focus on Mozambique; The Education System in Zambia and so much more!
  2. Volunteer on sustainable development projects, locally and globally. 
  3. Support the work of our local partners. 
  4. Those travelling overseas will also gain pre-departure training, in-country support, and debriefing. The overseas programme features:
    • – 4 week placement with one of our overseas partners from early July to early August 
    • – Live and work in teams of 8-12 volunteers, led by 2 experienced leaders.  

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Age 18+ and must no longer be in full time second level education. All backgrounds and disciplines are welcome. You must be willing to get stuck-in, open to learning about new cultures and perspectives, and able to live and work with a diverse group of people.

Local volunteering: The volunteering placement is chosen by the participant with help from an experienced SERVE Mentor. (Note – there may be an opportunity to do some online volunteering with our overseas partners, this is TBC).

Overseas volunteering: Volunteers take on a variety of roles and each placement is different. Placements are always planned in response to the needs of the local partners.

Click here to find out more about all the placements. 

Those participating in the local volunteering option are asked to contribute a programme fee of €150 and raise a minimum of €500. This covers training and facilitation costs, and supports SERVE’s work with its overseas partners.

Participants in the SERVE overseas volunteer programme are required to raise a minimum of €3,495. This covers flights, insurance, training, and in-country project costs. SERVE also uses these funds to make grants towards furthering the work of our overseas partners.

Fundraising support is provided at the training days. This fundraising target has been increased from 2019 in response to rising costs of insurance and flights.  

All fundraising to be completed before end of May 2023.

All volunteers will attend 3 in-person training sessions at our office in Blackrock, Cork on the following dates: 

  • – Sat, 25th February 2023
  • – Sat, 15th April 2023 and
  • – Sat, 20th May 2023

Volunteers traveling overseas will be required to attend a full-day training on these dates, while those participating in the local programme will be required to attend a half-day training.

All volunteers will attend online GCE sessions as well, with guest speakers from the Global South. This is an opportunity to learn more about the work SERVE does with our overseas partners.

All volunteers must also attend a debriefing session which will take place in October 2023.

Read up on all the placements then register your expression of interest here.

Following this, you will also be required to attend/watch an info-session about the programme. At the end of the info-session, you will receive the application form.

Once you have submitted your application, a member of Team SERVE will be in contact with you to organise an interview (in-person or Zoom).

If you are successful, your place will be confirmed shortly afterwards. 

You will be required to consult  your doctor for expert medical advice. Vaccinations are at the expense of the individual volunteer and should not be fundraised for.

All volunteers who participate fully in the entire programme of Global Citizenship Education and/or pre-departure training, in-country placement/local volunteering placement, and debriefing will be awarded a certificate in recognition of your participation. 

You can use this volunteer experience to boost your skill set and include it in your CV. SERVE will provide a letter of reference should you need it for job applications.

Students can often use the volunteer experience to meet the placement requirements of certain courses. This is at discretion of the college and it is the responsibility of the individual volunteer to check if the volunteer placement meets college requirements. 

Overseas Programme Fees & Costs

The total cost of the 2022 Overseas Volunteer Programme is €3,495 / £3,070. 

This fee covers the costs relating to 

  • – Flights
  • – Travel insurance 
  • – Pre-departure training and support costs 
  • – Main meals, accommodation and transport overseas 
  • – Materials and supplies for the work you do overseas
  • – Funding grant to the partners 
  • – SERVE Next Step Weekend (debriefing) food and accommodation in Ireland 

Please note that the above price does not include the following and you are not entitled to fundraise for:

  • – the cost of your vaccinations,
  • – any day-to-day personal spending money,
  • – any activities undertaken on time off during the project,
  • – all visas to be obtained will be at each individual’s expense i.e. you may be required to obtain a visa before departure or in some circumstances can be obtained on arrival in the destination airport. 

 

FAQ on Fees for Overseas Volunteering Programme

This is relevant to those who are applying to volunteer overseas with SERVE.

You have to raise a minimum of €3,495 / £3,070 (inclusive of your non-refundable deposit of €200/£200). 

This covers the costs relating to:

  • – your flight and travel insurance,
  • – pre-departure training costs,
  • – in-country support,
  • – your main meals, accommodation, transport while on your overseas placement
  • – a grant to the overseas partner with whom you will be placed
  • – your attendance at the SERVE Next Step Weekend following your return to Ireland. 

You will receive fundraising support and workshops extensively during the pre-departure training days and on request at any stage throughout the process. 

 

Many of our Volunteers raise sums over and above their 3,495 / £3,070 target.  All of the funds raised above the target amount go directly to our Project Country fund; this provides seed funding for grants and financial support to our partners, enabling them to deliver on projects which the volunteers will work on, as well as longer term programmes. 

 

This is relevant to those who are applying to volunteer overseas with SERVE.

The 3,495 / £3,070 participation fee primarily covers the running costs of your placement. If you do not raise this amount, you will have to forfeit your place. However, if you are having trouble with fundraising, you will have the support of both SERVE and our volunteer network to help you to reach your target. 

 

 

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2023 Volunteer Programme

Be the Change

Volunteer Programme

2023

Applications are now open to our Volunteer Programme which has overseas, local or hybrid options.

SERVE Volunteering Programme 2023 Hybrid Overseas Zambia India Ireland Mozambique



Overview

Overseas, Local or Hybrid Volunteering

Following a 3-year break, our Volunteer Programme is back, with a few changes.

Volunteers will be involved in an 8-month Global Citizenship Programme, including a local volunteering placement, or a 4-week overseas placement, which will take place from early July to early August.  



Zambia

Youth work and more

Volunteers must be willing to enjoy working with children and teenagers. A background in youth work, creative arts or teaching is an advantage.

SERVE Volunteering Programme 2023 Hybrid Overseas Zambia India Ireland Mozambique

SERVE Volunteering Programme 2023 Hybrid Overseas Zambia India Ireland Mozambique



MOZAMBIQUE

Community activities and more

Volunteers must be willing to get stuck in and happy to do some physical labour such as mixing cement, laying bricks, and digging foundations.



INDIA

Working with people living with diabilities

Volunteers must be comfortable to work closely with children and adults living with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities. Previous experience is desirable.

SERVE Volunteering Programme 2023 Hybrid Overseas Zambia India Ireland Mozambique

SERVE Volunteering Programme 2023 Hybrid Overseas Zambia India Ireland Mozambique



Local

Support Your Cause

This is a new option as part of our 2023 Volunteer Programme. Participants who are not traveling overseas will work with experienced SERVE mentors to determine their interests in order to organise their own local volunteering. Volunteers must complete a minimum of 8 hours volunteer work over the course of Summer 2023.  

Volunteer Programme 2023 Registration Form

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2023 Volunteer Programme – Local

Volunteer locally with SERVE in 2023

An overview of your SERVE volunteer placement

SERVE Volunteering Programme 2023 Hybrid Overseas Zambia India Ireland Mozambique
SERVE Volunteers at Scala in Cork






This is a new option as part of our Volunteer Programme 2023. Participants who are not travelling overseas will work with experienced SERVE mentors to determine their interests in order to organise their own local volunteering.

Volunteers must complete a minimum of 8 hours volunteer work over the course of Summer 2023.  

We’re working on a online option for our local volunteers with our partners in Assumption Parish in Mazabuka, Zambia. This will be co-facilitated with SERVE volunteers on the ground in Mazabuka in July 2023. The placement will be based on our partner’s needs as well as the participant’s interests. Previous online workshops with our partners in Mazabuka include Conversational English lessons and CV and Interview Skills workshops with the youth of the community.  

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Age 18+ and must no longer be in full time second level education. All backgrounds and disciplines are welcome. You must be willing to get stuck-in, open to learning about new cultures and perspectives, and able to live and work with a diverse group of people.

Participant to identify local volunteering opportunity to suit their skill set and interests. 

SERVE mentors will be available to assist participants during this process.

For eg: You may choose to volunteer at the local animal shelter. Wherein you will discuss with the manager of the animal shelter  how you plan to spend a minimum of 8 hours with them during Summer 2023.

Read up on all the placements then register your expression of interest here.

Following this, you will also be required to attend/watch an info-session about the programme. At the end of the info-session, you will receive the application form.

Once you have submitted your application, a member of Team SERVE will be in contact with you to organise an interview (in-person or Zoom).

If you are successful, your place will be confirmed shortly afterwards. 

FAQ on Fees

Most frequent questions and answers

Those participating in the local volunteering option are asked to contribute a programme fee of €150 and raise a minimum of €500. This covers training, next step weekend and supports SERVE’s work with its overseas partners.

Volunteer Registration Form