Volunteer Ireland and local Volunteer Centres services are limited to volunteer placements in the Republic of Ireland. To register as a volunteer with Louth Volunteer Centre a volunteer must have a local address and all volunteering opportunities publicised on volunteer.ie or through local Volunteer Centres are Irish based.
Comhlámh is the association of development workers and volunteers: it’s a member and supporter organisation open to anyone interested in social justice, human rights and global development. Comhlámh provides supports and services to volunteers and development workers from the time they start thinking about getting involved right through to their return home to Ireland. You can check out their resources .
Comhlámh strongly recommends that anyone thinking about volunteering should only travel with a volunteer sending agency that has signed up to its Code of Good Practice, which is an internationally recognised framework of 11 principles that ensure responsible and responsive volunteering practices. You can find out more about the Code and the sending agencies who are part of it .
Your Rights & Responsibilities as a volunteer
YOUR RIGHTS AS A VOLUNTEERThe assets you bring to an agency are considerable. As a volunteer you have the right:
• To be treated as a co-worker, not just free help.
• To a suitable assignment--with consideration for personal preference, temperament, life experience, education and employment background.
• To know as much about the organisation as possible-its policies, people and programs.
• To training for the job and continuing education on the job-including training for greater responsibility.
• To a role description.
• To a place to work - a designated place that is conducive to work and worthy of the job to be done.
• To new opportunities and a variety of experiences - through advancement or transfer, or through special assignment.
• To be heard - to feel free to make suggestions, to have a part in planning.
• To recognition - in the form of promotion and awards, through day to day expressions of appreciation and by being treated as a bona fide co-worker.
• To sound guidance and direction.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS A VOLUNTEER
There are responsibilities of a volunteer that accompany your rights as a volunteer. All of those involved in the relationship must have respect for one another and a desire to cooperate in meeting designated needs.
Your responsibilities include:
• If you have criticism about another person, convey it to your supervisor.
• Be prompt and reliable in reporting for scheduled work. Keep accurate records of your hours worked.
• Notify your supervisor as early as possible if you are unable to work as scheduled.
• Attend orientation and training sessions scheduled.
• Be considerate, respect the ability of the staff, and work as a member of the team.
• Carry out assignments in good spirit and seek the assistance of your supervisor in any situation requiring special guidance.
• Accept the right of the agency to dismiss any volunteer for poor performance, including poor attendance.
• Decline work that is not acceptable to you; maintain an open mind with regard to other people's standards and values.
• Communicate personal limitations - acceptable out-of-pocket costs, transportation needs, time constraints, etc.
• Provide feedback, suggestions, and recommendations to your supervisor and staff if these might increase the effectiveness of the program.
• Give written notice if you cannot continue in your volunteer position or if you are requesting a leave of absence from the program.
• Have the ability to work with a culturally diverse population of clients.
• Respect current agency policies (i.e. Affirmative Action, Sexual Harassment, etc.)
European Voluntary Service (EVS) is a part of Youth in Action, a European Commission funded programme for lifelong learning and volunteering in Europe. The EVS programme allows young people (18-30 years old) to volunteer in a non-profit organisation in a country other than their home country.
The Youth in Action programme offers young Europeans the chance to make a real difference to the world and to their own lives through the European Voluntary Service.
European Voluntary Service (EVS) provides young Europeans with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country within or outside the EU. In this way, it seeks to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, thus contributing to reinforcing social cohesion in the European Union and to promoting young people’s active citizenship.