UCD Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO) is a registered charity and UCD Society which provides opportunities for students, staff and alumni to volunteer in developing countries. The UCDVO programme runs over the course of an academic year – volunteers apply in September and the programme of training, preparation and fundraising takes place between November and June. Overseas placements are for four weeks and current locations include India, Haiti, Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Volunteers have an individual fundraising target of €2,500 which covers their participation costs and a contribution to the project implementation costs, i.e. construction of a school, purchase of physiotherapy equipment. On return from placements, volunteers engage in awareness raising and campaigning activities and are encouraged to remain involved in UCDVO as well as the wider development sector.
2013 marks 10 years of UCDVO and since then 776 volunteers have participated in these projects. Volunteers work on a variety of activities which include literacy support, construction of housing and schools, physiotherapy assistance, computer training, health education, and environmental projects. UCDVO works in partnership with NGOs in each of the host communities where volunteers are based, and it is through these collaborations that programmes are designed, implemented and evaluated.
Niall Murphy, UCD Humanitarian Action graduate, volunteering with UCDVO at a summer camp in Gros Morne, Haiti.
For photos of UCDVO's projects view the UCDVO Photo Gallery.
Speak to past volunteers at the UCDVO Student Office beside Readers’ Café.
Caroline O' Connor
Manager, UCD Volunteers Overseas
UCDVO Programme Assistant