Community Development Project
Community Development Project

Cork, Ireland

Community Development Project

Trip Highlights

  • Incredible opportunity to work for various community development programs in Ireland
  • Engage in a positive cultural exchange during your stay with a local host family
  • Work with a bunch of experienced & qualified staff, gaining the first-hand experience
  • Meet some like-minded travelers from different parts of the world
  • Explore Ireland like never before!



Being a volunteer for the Community Development Program in Ireland, you can choose from an array of projects that would suit your interests. No matter which project you opt for, you'd be working with experienced local staff and gain valuable work experience. And it isn't just that - but you'd also get to serve the society meaningfully.

Here's a list of volunteering opportunities that are currently available under the Community Development Program:

- Charity Shops
Volunteer work includes: Provide sales assistance to customers, ensure goods are well displayed, sorting donations, etc.

- Tourist Office
Volunteer work includes: Provide assistance to visitors, assist local staff in administrative tasks, etc. 

- Community Clean up
Volunteer work includes: Take part in the community clean up with local community groups to improve the local environment and make it a better place to live

- Assisting at local events (e.g. sports events, festivals, etc.)
Volunteer work includes: Assist with crowd/ticket control, providing information to the public, etc.

-  Helping in a local touristic/natural heritage attraction
Volunteer work may include: assisting staff in providing services to visitors (play area for children, café, crowd control, etc.)

- Day Care Centre for Elderly people
Volunteer work includes: Assist local staff in running activities with local elderly people, organize games, serve food or simply have a chat and bring your positive energy!

-  Helping at local Secondary School
Volunteer work includes language classes assistant, assisting staff with running activities with pupils.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Volunteers are required to be adaptable, flexible people. Participants must be over 18 when the project starts. Volunteers joining the project should have at least an intermediate level of spoken English (B1/B2). Participants will join a group of workers and local volunteers composed of people from different backgrounds and different age groups. Volunteers need to be able to partake in teamwork, but personal motivation, maturity and responsibility are also important. Volunteers joining the project should provide a criminal background check. A video call interview may be done to check participants suitability.

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

This programme is for participants who are flexible and want to experience more than one type of volunteer project. We work with different community projects and you will be matched taking into account your profile and the needs of the community. Most community development placement involve volunteering in a charity shop + one or 2 other community project.

Volunteer Work Schedule

Volunteer Work Schedule

Volunteers work approximately 25 - 30h per week with two days off.




Airport Transfers

Participants are picked up by a driver who will be waiting with a sign displaying the participants’ name. Participants are transferred to a hostel accommodation located in Cork city center.

Volunteers who arrive at a different airport (Dublin, Shannon, Kerry, Waterford) need to make their own way to Cork. It is very easy to join Cork city from Dublin airport as there are buses from just outside the arrival terminal in Dublin that go directly to Cork city center ( Participants are picked up from their point of entry in Cork (bus station or train station).


On the morning of the second day, participants are met by the coordinating staff at the hostel reception and will walk to the Cork Volunteer Centre where the orientation workshop takes place.

The orientation workshop lasts approximately 3.5h and includes the following topics:

  • Sharing and discussing fears and expectations
  • Exploring motivations
  • Skills and attitudes to make the programme a success
  • Roles and responsibilities of stakeholders(sender/host/volunteer)
  • Lines of communication
  • Potential challenges
  • Introduction to Irish culture
  • Cultural adaptation, culture shock and inter-cultural
  • competences
  • Cultural adaptation in the Irish context
  • Practical tips for a successful voluntary service
  • Health issues
  • Safety and security, risk mitigation
  • Overview of what to do during free time

After the orientation workshop and their lunch, participants take part in a 2h walking tour of Cork City. During the tour, they are provided with practical advice, cultural and historical information.
At the end of the tour, participants are brought to the bus or train station and go to their project location. In some cases, depending on the location and availability of project mentor, the transfer could be done the following morning.

Accommodation & Meals

On arrival in Cork, volunteers are provided accommodation at a hostel in the city center. While on the project, volunteers will live in local host family accommodation allowing you to get a real sense of life in an Irish family and community. Meals will be provided along with a packed lunch as needed. Host families are based within walking distance of the project or near a public transport that allows the volunteer to reach the project easily. 

The host family provides breakfast (cereals or toasts, hot drink etc.), pack lunch (sandwiches, fruit etc.) and hot dinner in the evening (e.g. pasta, sausages, potatoes, pizza etc.). It is possible to cater for vegetarians (this information is subject to change, please check with us).

Explore During Free Time

Volunteers will have the weekends to explore. There is always something happening in Clonmel, with frequent theatre, concerts, live music, art exhibitions, and festivals.

During your free time, volunteers can discover the countryside around Clonmel, Tipperary region. They can visit famous attractions such as the Rock of Cashel Castle and Cahir Castle located in nearby towns. They can also discover cities such as Kilkenny, Cork or Dublin.





























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3 Weeks $1610
4 Weeks $1890
5 Weeks $2165
6 Weeks $2440
7 Weeks $2715
8 Weeks $2990
Extra Week $295

Please Note: -An application fee of $229 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 5% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)

What are you Paying for?

  • Pre-departure Information guide and support
  • Pickup in Cork
  • First night in hostel in Cork City
  • Transfer to Project
  • All Meals except lunch on arrival day
  • Accommodation in Host Family or at Project
  • Orientation with local staff
  • Ongoing support from project mentor
  • Local staff support and coordination
  • Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)

What's NOT included?

  • Flights
  • Lunch on arrival day
  • Return airport transfer (local team can assist with this)
  • Visa Fee
  • Vaccinations
  • Medical & Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses



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