Volunteering Solutions, in association with a local Irish organization, has curated this meaningful Women Empowerment Volunteer Program to provide assistance to the disadvantaged women living in Cork, Ireland's second largest city. The main purpose of this project is to help the women break the cycle of poverty and become financially independent by doing something on their own.
In this program, women are mostly engaged in boutique work, where they are provided with clothes, suiting advices, tailoring guidance, and styling tips. Volunteers can discuss with their mentor about the kind of assistance they can offer to these women, and help them in creating something unique. Apart from making clothing accessories, volunteers can also guide in marketing and promotional work as well as administrative work as and when required.
Volunteers having a background in marketing and social media management will definitely have an upper hand in helping out. However, your contribution in any way will be much appreciated.
The project is located in the city of Cork. Cork is Ireland’s second largest city. It is a young, dynamic, vibrant and multicultural city with a small community vibe. The city includes lively pubs, historic buildings and an abundance of things to do and see. Cork is home to several universities, multinational companies, and the prestigious English Market with over 50 food stalls open daily. There is always something happening in Cork, with frequent concerts, live music, art exhibitions, and festivals.
Being a volunteer, you can work and assist in the following:
As a volunteer, you’ll be usually working from Mondays to Thursdays - from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. If you wish to work for a few extra hours, you can assist at the charity shop as well.
Participants are picked up by a driver who will be waiting with a sign displaying the participants’ name. Participants will be 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 (aircoach.ie). Participants are picked up from their point of entry in Cork (bus station or train station).
On arrival in Cork, volunteers are provided accommodation at a hostel in the city center. While on the project, volunteers will have the option of living with a local host family accommodation or in a shared apartment (available only in summer).
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. Family comes in all shapes and sizes (e.g. parents and children, single host mother etc).
During summer time (June-August), alternative accommodation in a shared apartment can be arranged for a lower fee (food not included).
The host family provides breakfast (cereals or toasts, hot drink etc.), packed 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).
During the summer, shared apartments are available in students residence. This type of accommodation is suitable for participants who are looking for more independence. Meals are not provided in shared
Explore During Free Time
The program location (as mentioned earlier) is in Cork, a young, dynamic, vibrant and multicultural city with a small community vibe. The city includes lively pubs, historic buildings and an abundance of things to do and see. Cork is home to several universities, multinational companies, and the prestigious English Market with over 50 food stalls open daily. There is always something happening in Cork, with frequent concerts, live music, art exhibitions, and festivals.
Volunteers have two-three days off per week (unless you want to combine work with Charity Shop project). During their free time, volunteers can discover the countryside around Cork city. You can visit famous places such as Spike Island, Blarney Castle, Kinsale and explore the beautiful coast along the Wild Atlantic Way. There are also many events taking place in Cork all throughout the year.
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As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is strongly recommended to apply for the program and reserve your spot in the program well in advance. You can book your spot in the program by filling an online form and pay the application fee.
Once you complete your application, your individual 'My Account' will be active in which you will receive your placement confirmation after which you can pay the program fees. You can pay the program fees later as well in installments, but 45 days before the program starts.
After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be active. You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our backend team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and booking confirmation is updated in your ‘My Account’.
Yes, you are welcome to take part in the Programs in Ireland as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer in Ireland programs together.
Yes, most definitely you can as we believe every participant brings something new to the project. If you do not have previous experience, we offer you the opportunity to have a great start with us. We make international volunteering easy – not only are our Volunteer Abroad opportunities rooted in offering you extensive support, but they are also very affordable.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
After the orientation workshop and the 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.
Ireland is a wonderful country; it is safe, friendly, rich in heritage, history, and culture. From vibrant, exciting cities to the spectacular countryside – it’s a magical place to visit. It’s also a wonderful place to stay and immerse yourself. The best part of an experience in Ireland is probably connecting with local people. Visitors find Irish people friendly, welcoming and very supportive.
There is in Ireland a strong sense of community with many initiatives taking place at local level. We have selected very specific community-based projects where participants can have an authentic and worthwhile experience. If you are keen to learn and experience something new, then there can be nothing better than this!
Participants can leave either on their last Saturday or Sunday. Project mentors provide them with information on how to reach the airport. The airports are well connected by public transport it is something participant find easy to do.
Ireland is well connected with other major cities in Europe as well as with direct connections to some cities in North America. Participants need to arrive at Cork Airport. You can also arrive at Dublin and take a coach transfer to Cork city.
It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that you have checked the visa requirements before traveling to Ireland. Citizens of most European countries and USA/Canada do not require a visa for travel to Ireland to stay up to a certain period. You can check with us for more details once you’ve applied for the programs.
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