Summer volunteering info event
24 Apr 2014
PRESS RELEASE 24th April 2014
What are you doing this summer?
You could volunteer with Voluntary Service International at a nature reserve in Serbia, on a mangrove restoration project in Indonesia, at a former concentration camp in Germany, at a farm in Sri Lanka, building a community training workshop in rural Zambia, making a ‘path for peace’ in the Dolomite mountains in Austria and many other projects.
Come along to VSI’s Info Evening on Wednesday 30 April at 6:30 pm in the Irish Aid Volunteer Centre, 27-31 Upper O'Connell St., Dublin 1 to hear about 800 international volunteering opportunities available with Voluntary Service International (VSI), in over 60 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and North and South America.
“VSI is a registered charity promoting peace and social justice through volunteering abroad and in Ireland,” said Tom Ryder, the VSI Coordinator. “We offer a unique form of volunteering, all our projects support community and voluntary initiatives. People of all ages and backgrounds live and work together on volunteer projects from 2 weeks to 12 months. Volunteers really can make small but useful changes to help others,” continued Tom.
Sinead Walsh from Castleconnell in Limerick who volunteered with disadvantaged children in Azerbaijan said, "Life on the project was wonderful! You get such a valuable insight into the culture, food and lifestyle of the local people, a much deeper insight than you will ever get on a regular holiday. You meet wonderful people and form lasting friendships. It was such an amazing experience, I can’t recommend it enough.”
Tom added, “You don't need lots of money and specific skills or experience are not usually required. We want to offer the VSI volunteering experience to as many people as possible. Our volunteers are a diverse group, most are in their twenties and thirties but they can be any age, some are even in their seventies”. Sinead said, “Volunteering with VSI doesn't cost much, they don’t have huge fees and you don't have to do any fundraising either.”
Applications can be made throughout the year but VSI advise volunteers to apply as early as possible as project places fill up quickly. The health and safety of volunteers is a priority for VSI and they provide a comprehensive preparation and support programme for all their volunteers.
VSI also hosts projects with their partners in Ireland which are open to volunteers from Ireland and abroad. Jenni Kemppainen, from Finland, who is a long-term volunteer with VSI explained, "VSI offers an international volunteering experience without leaving Ireland. You can work on conservation in KillarneyNational Park, at a children's summer camp in Meath, at the Irish Wheelchair Association’s Holiday Centre in Roscommon and lots of other projects, all working alongside international volunteers.”
Visit the VSI website and choose your project: www.vsi.ie
Tom Ryder, VSI Coordinator: 087 744 8079 / 01 855 1011, email@example.com
Helen Walmsley, Volunteer Programme Coordinator: 086 264 361 / 01 855 1011, firstname.lastname@example.org