Voluntary Service International (VSI) is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement that began in 1920. We work to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding through volunteering abroad and in Ireland.

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We have launched our 2018 programme, scroll down to see some of our exiciting opportunities or go straight to our search engine with more than 500 projects available!

 "It's a very fulfilling and enriching experience that everyone should do at least once" Sinéad in Portugal

Urgent call for EVS volunteer in Portugal!

 history of Madeira EVS in Portugal

The University of Madeira Students’ Union (AAUMa) in Portugal, is looking for an Irish volunteer starting on 2nd of July for a period of 7 months.

A walk through the History of Madeira is a project that intends to present the culture, history and heritage of Madeira through guided tours and other cultural activities such as exhibitions or fado concerts.

The volunteer will collaborate in Students’ Union attractions by performing guided tours or assisting the visitors in the service points, research scientific articles, chapters and excerpts of technical and scientific publications in the field of social sciences.

Find out more and apply for EVS in Portugal.


International Volunteer Projects


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Happy children - Happy Youth Camps

Greece, 29 June – 25 July 2018

Happy Children - Happy Youth Camps, a non-profit volunteers’ organization with 86 years of experience is looking for volunteers to help the Camp staff in hosting 140 disadvantaged children including children of migrants and refugees and unaccompanied minors. 

Volunteers will have an opportunity to learn about Traditional Greek Shadow theater, handcrafts, Greek dance and other creative activities.

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Vanhamäki Wellness Center

Finland, 4 June - 15 June 2018

Vanhamäki Wellness Center organizes camps and recreational days for different groups with horses, exercise and organic farming and products. Vanhamäki has an organic farm and produces different kinds of canned goods, berry powders and green powders.



Mission: Wolf- Caring for Wolves and Wolf-Dogs (Colorado)

USA, 20 August – 10 September 2018

Mission: Wolf (M:W) is a peaceful sanctuary for 32 captive wolves and wolf-dogs. The animals living there were all born in a cage. Most captive wolves do not survive to see their 1st birthday- they are often neglected. M:W works with the wolves to educate people about the value of wild wolves and drawbacks of trying to keep a wild animal as a pet.

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Working with children in Bedekovcina

Croatia, 17 August - 26 August 2018

Activities will be based on group work principles. Interactive workshops including interactive games for getting to know each other, learning to work together as a team, learning about other cultures. Creative workshops, music workshops, DIY and recycling, art workshops, sports activities and outdoor games.

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Work with people with disabilities at Brewery Chříč

Czech Republic, 19 August - 25 August 2018

Summer 2018 is here and Tamjdem is coming back to Chříč Brewery, situated on the border of Central Bohemia and run by Propolis, z.s. Beautiful countryside, visit of the museum, delicious home-made meals, talks with locals and a lot of interesting work is what you can expect. Volunteers will continue building the Great Wall of Chric using traditional materials, and also work on setting up the festival Kricfest and much more!


Killarney National Park Woodland Conservation Project
Co. Kerry - Ireland, June, July, August 2018

This 2-week residential project takes place four times in summer (June to August). Together with the park ranger, a team of 12 national and international volunteers and 2 project coordinators work on woodland conservation in wild areas of the park. Free time focus is on intercultural exchange.

Eco Eye filmed a short piece on Killarney National Park and our volunteers there.


Leisure activities in an Asylum Seekers Centre

Belgium, 02 July - 14 July 2018

The Red-Cross centre of Natoye hosts around 200 asylum-seekers from various origins. The residents of the centre are mostly families but there are also some single men, women and a few unaccompanied minors. Volunteers will organise and lead different activities for the residents (adults and children): sport, handicraft and art workshops, cooking, etc. depending on the skills and interests of volunteers.


Supporting young people with drug dependence

Poland, 14 July- 28 July 2018

This project is aimed at supporting young Polish people who use drugs. Volunteers will work and socialise with the young people at the centre in north-eastern Poland.


European Voluntary Service (EVS)

EU-FUNDED volunteer opportunities abroad for 18 - 30s

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Work with refugees (Greece)

SCI Hellas (Greek branch of VSI/SCI) and Greek forum of refugees are looking for an Irish volunteer to join the international group of volunteers on the EVS project starting on 1st of July till 31st August 2018!


Plymouth Hope

Working towards social equality (UK)

Plymouth Hope is a charitable organisation working for social equality. They are looking for an Irish volunteer starting in July/August 2018 for a period of 12 months.


See all our current EVS vacancies here. If these are not the kind of projects you are looking for, contact us. We can help you find a project that's right for you!