Blog posts about Volunteering
A chance to give something back: Seán's story
After a personal tragedy, Seán Fitzmaurice decided to use his retirement giving something back by sharing his skills as a VSO volunteer in Malawi. He explains how it's made life meaningful again.
Reflecting on my volunteer placement in Ethiopia
Stephanie Galvin talks through her volunteer experience in Jinka Hospital, Ethiopia where she shared her skills with staff in the paediatrics department.
Unlocking Talent in Malawi
Seán Fitzmaurice is a retired secondary school teacher from Dublin who recently commenced his volunteer placement training teachers on the Unlocking Talent through Technology programme in Lilongwe, Malawi. He discusses the positive impact he's seen on his placement to date and what it's been like setting into Malawian life.
Skills you need to volunteer overseas
Embarking on a challenging new placement and immersing yourself in a completely foreign culture is daunting, no matter what level of experience you have. While VSO volunteers come from all walks of life and professional backgrounds, there are some personality traits that unite them.
From Mayo to Africa: A teacher’s journey
Retired primary school principal Padraic McKeon, who has volunteered with VSO Ireland three times, outlines his motivations for initially taking the plunge and why he has no regrets.
Overcoming life's challenges: Edwin's story
Edwin's experience volunteering led him to recognition as a 'deaf role model' and eventually to a fulfilling job as a teacher.
The strength of a mother
Dr Aisling Walsh from Limerick volunteered with VSO Ireland in Gulu, Uganda, where the neonatal mortality rate is ten times higher than in Ireland. While on placement, Aisling shared her skills with local midwives and nurses to save babies' lives.
An open letter from an Irish education volunteer
"You change in ways you wouldn't have imagined, you do things you wouldn't have thought you would have done. You learn new languages and meet new people, and the new experiences change you for the better as a person."
A volunteer's life in Nepal
In an extract from her blog, Kerstin Rieger, who is originally from Germany and is currently volunteering with VSO Ireland as a Disaster Management Specialist in Nepal, talks about her experience in a country that is still coming to terms with last year's earthquake.