Blog posts about Volunteering
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.
One year down in Papua New Guinea
A year into his placement in Papua New Guinea, Eoin O’Maoileoin discusses his volunteer journey so far – why it has been so rewarding and what he misses most about Ireland.
Down to work in Kasama, Zambia
In an extract from his blog, Tom Collins, who is currently volunteering with VSO Ireland as a Financial Management Advisor in Zambia, discusses his first months on placement and how it compares with his previous role in Cameroon.
Every baby deserves a chance to live
Dr Siobhán Neville talks about the challenges and rewards of volunteering on a maternal and neonatal health programme in Lindi, Tanzania, and why she urges other health professionals to do the same.
A volunteer's life in Karamoja, Uganda
Marie Moreau from Dublin, who has just returned from volunteering with VSO Ireland as an Inspection Advisor in Uganda, talks about her experience helping to improve and extend the country's education system.
Tips for applying for a volunteer position overseas
Before you launch into your application, it’s important to understand what is being asked of you and how to best sell yourself on your CV.
The benefits of volunteering at home and abroad
The value of volunteering is something that has long been the focus of VSO's research. But what are the ways in which volunteers really bring about positive change the world over?
The hardest job in the world
Low pay. Lack of respect. Being asked to achieve the impossible with not enough time, resources or training to do your best. Oh, and the future of the world depends on you. Lucy Taylor hears from four teachers around the world about the challenges they face – and what keeps them going, despite everything.