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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Info Regarding Covid-19

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In view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, VSI has decided not to send any new volunteers abroad until further notice, this includes both short and long term placements. We are continuing to monitor and review the situation in line with government measures.

We have based our decision on the health, safety and security of our volunteers, partners and staff. We are monitoring the situation closely with our international network and will review it as necessary. We will continue working with SCI and engaging volunteers in online International Volunteer Projects where possible. Follow our news section for info on upcoming online and offline opportunities.

We are continuing to work virtually, please contact us through the usual channels. Due to the circumstances we would ask for your patience & understanding if you are experiencing any delays.

Keep safe, wear a face covering, practice good cough and sneeze etiquette and social distancing & please mind your mental health.


We can contain and slow this epidemic. Ireland is doing its part, and we all have a role to play.

It is important to follow the latest advice on how to protect yourself and your community here

To understand the virus, symptoms and more protective measures you can go to the HSE special site. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre site gives more advice for particular sectors, such as work, education etc.. New updates and links here.


Volunteering alternatives

VSI is committed to promoting volunteering, defined in our mission statement as …acting out of self-initiative, without seeking material reward and for the benefit of civil society ….

In this spirt of solidarity, can you do anything locally to help? Can you give your time to fight the consequences of this virus? This could be an organised effort to bring supplies safely to neighbours or a simple phone-call. If you can do so, we would urge you to sign up with an organisation which really understands how to help those in greatest need without creating greater risk.

The Volunteer Ireland site brings together all volunteering advice and opportunities, including with the HSE. The site also includes a list of volunteer centres in all counties and many towns.