Volunteering allows you to ‘give something back’ and make a difference within a community while also gaining experience and developing skills that will enhance your employability, such as communication, teamwork, leadership, self-reliance and emotional intelligence. For students of certain academic disciplines, for example Psychology and Social Science, voluntary work can be a great way to acquire the experience required to pursue careers in related areas. For more information on why volunteering is a good idea and how to get started read our Volunteering article in the UCD Career Guide.
There are plenty of volunteering opportunities at home and abroad, with several right here on your doorstep at UCD, for example: UCD Volunteers Overseas, UCD SVP, Camara and Niteline.
Check out the studentvolunteer.ie website for more information on volunteering at UCD and further afield, as well as resources to help you find volunteering opportunities that match your interests, passions, skills and causes.
If you are interested in volunteering in Ireland, Activelink and Volunteering Ireland advertise hundreds of opportunities. You can also check out the websites of charities such Focus Ireland and the Simon Community.
If you are thinking about volunteering abroad, a good place to start is to look at Comhlámh’s Volunteering Options website and the Dochas Wednesday News.
If you are seeking a volunteering opportunity that allows maximum flexibility then you could consider online volunteering. There are hundreds of interesting projects you can help with from the comfort of your own living room!
We have several books on volunteering in the Career Development Centre Resource Library including:
- Volunteering - the essential guide
- Wildlife & Conservation Volunteering - the complete guide
- Working for a Better World - a guide to volunteering in global development
- Volunteer - Lonely Planet guide
- Time to Give - volunteering options in the criminal justice area
- Volunteering and Society in the 21st Century
- Volunteering Smarts - how to find opportunities, create a positive experience, and more