Blog posts about Volunteering
Things I never thought would be possible
What a difference six months on placement has meant for Methodology and Resources Adviser Mary Sugrue from Limerick.
Five minutes with... Maria Rafferty, Language Improvement Centre Coordinator, Ethiopia
Maria, a retired primary school teacher from Donegal, answers questions about her experience with VSO in Ethiopia.
Life-changing memories and powerful impact: volunteering in Uganda
"So my message to teachers and principals reading this is: If you can do something, why not do it? It's such a privilege to be able to help others through VSO."
Time to reflect
"If you have a genuine desire to share your skills with people from across the world, learn from a different culture, and have a year of adventure, then volunteering could provide you with a truly life-changing experience."
Teaching in real time
From Cork to Cambodia - an extract from an article about Louise Buckley's experience teaching nurses to save lives.
A day in the life of Marie Banaghan, VSO Volunteer
"In Ireland, we tend to associate Africa with famine, disease and war, but there is another reality here. There is an overwhelming sense of kinship, community and loyalty, and people are quick to laugh and smile."
Volunteering - an anti-aging exercise
Mary was a retired primary teacher and found new adventures volunteering overseas with VSO. Here Mary reflects on her time away.
Raising awareness around disability
"The people here are incredibly kind and gracious and welcoming. Volunteering with VSO – I would highly recommend it."
A new sense of what's important in life
A typical day in the life of IT specialist Mark Kelly from Dublin who is currently volunteering with VSO Ireland in Ethiopia.