Volunteer in Mozambique with SERVE in 2023

An overview of your SERVE volunteer placement in India

SERVE Volunteering Programme 2023 Hybrid Overseas Zambia India Ireland Mozambique
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. 


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 apply 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

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. 



Volunteer Programme 2023 Registration Form