Volunteer locally with SERVE in 2023

An overview of your SERVE volunteer placement

SERVE Volunteering Programme 2023 Hybrid Overseas Zambia India Ireland Mozambique
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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 local volunteer work with an organisation of their choosing, and a minimum of 8 hours online volunteer work with our overseas partners over the course of Summer 2023.  

The online volunteering work will be 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.

Volunteers who choose this option for the 2023 SERVE Volunteer Programme will be involved in similar pre-placement training as well as the same Global Citizenship Education workshops as those who are travelling overseas. 


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.

The local and online volunteering option for the SERVE Volunteer Programme 2023 is open to individuals with a variety of backgrounds and skills. 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

The type of volunteer work being carried out online with our partners in Assumption Parish, Mazabuka will be determined by working with SERVE mentors to determine what skills can be shared by the volunteer which will benefit those in our partner country. 

For eg: last year our ‘Think Global, Act Local’ volunteers carried out online volunteering with our partners Assumption Parish. Our volunteers facilitated a range of activities including conversational English lessons and workshops on interview skills and CV writing.

Read up on all the placements then register here.

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 is relevant to those who are applying to volunteer locally and online with SERVE.

This covers the costs relating to:

  • – pre-placement training costs
  • – local volunteering support
  • – online volunteering facilitation
  • – continuous mentoring by experienced SERVE mentors
  • – a grant to our overseas partners, who you will be learning about during pre-placement training
  • – your attendance at the SERVE “Next Step” Weekend in October, following the completion of your online and local volunteering

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


Volunteer Programme 2023 Registration Form