Blog posts about Volunteering
Five minutes with... Bebhinn Ní Mhuirí, Teaching Methodology Adviser, Rwanda
"I've learnt that I’m really strong and there’s a lot of things I can live without. I never thought I would be the type of person who would enjoy volunteering but it’s really shown me that I can make a difference."
Habari za Shinyanga (Hello from Shinyanga)
Liam Egan, who has a wealth of experience in secondary school teaching and adult education, welcomes us into his volunteer life in Tanzania...
Labelled a prostitute for going to school
VSO volunteer researcher Pauline Faughan spent three months visiting schools interviewing teachers, pupils and community members on their attitudes to girls education.
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.