Volunteer in Ireland with Volunteering Solutions, a renowned international volunteer placement organization providing meaningful and affordable opportunities all over the world. The projects are located in and around Cork City, the second largest city in the country and you'll get to indulge in knowing the lives of the locals while volunteering there. You’ll also be working closely with the experience Irish staff who’ll guide you and help you to learn more through the first-hand experience.
VolSol has crafted some amazing and affordable opportunities that are apt for college/university students as well as gap year travelers who are looking for a meaningful journey in Ireland. Explore the picturesque countryside, indulge in learning more about the Irish life, and meet some interesting people. This volunteering journey will surely enhance your career and make you a more responsible traveler in the days ahead.
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- Start Dates : All Year Round
- Duration : 3-12 Weeks
- Program Locations : Clonmel & Cork
- Minimum Age : 18 years+
- Certificate - Offered after Program completion
Ireland - Quick Facts
Program: Charity Shop Project
Many thinks to the staff for making my experience in Ireland most memorable.The host family, a charming couple, are quite used to having students staying with them and they are wonderful to spend time with.Thanks, again, for your help in setting up this opportunity for me on short notice
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While volunteering in Ireland, you'll mostly be in and around Cork City, which is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Here are a few things that you can add to your weekend travel bucket list, and make sure to tick them off!
Walk Around St Patrick’s in Cork City - If you're a shopaholic, then this is gonna be a treat for you! St. Patrick Street is lined with a variety of stores and has become one of the main shopping areas in the downtown neighborhood. Scattered along the road are street furniture and pedestrian walkways, for those who just want to relax and pass the time away.
Visit the Charles Fort - This breathtaking fort is located on the water’s edge, at the southern end of the village of Summer Cove, on Kinsale Harbour, County Cork, Ireland. James’ Fort is located on the other side of the harbor. Charles Fort is built on the site of an earlier stronghold known as Ringcurran Castle, which featured prominently during the Siege of Kinsale in 1601. Spend a day here, soaking in the country vibes and walk down the lanes of history.
Explore Kinsale - Located some 25 km south of Cork City on the coast near the Old Head of Kinsale, it sits at the mouth of the River Bandon. Walk on the banks or go for a boat ride soaking in the freshness over the weekends.
Travel to touch the most Southern point of the island of Ireland - Mizen Head, is located at the extremity of a peninsula in the district of Carbery in County Cork, Ireland. It is one of the extreme points of the island of Ireland and is a major tourist attraction, noted for its dramatic cliff scenery.
Explore the Blarney Castle - This ancient seat of power is a real must see for anyone visiting Cork. The Castle was built almost six hundred years ago by the Chieftain Cormac McCarthy. It is also home to the famous Blarney Stone, which is said to bestow the gift of eloquence on anyone who kisses it - so you gotta visit this place!
If you have anything else in your bucket list or planning to go & explore any of the above-mentioned places, you can simply get in touch with our Travel Experts, who can guide you better in planning your weekend tours. Drop us a mail at [email protected] mentioning your choice of weekend adventures, and we shall cater your needs.
Volunteer in Ireland - Faq's
FAQ's Application and Program Details
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’.
- You must be respectful of other cultures
- You must be tolerant towards others and respect the differences
- You must welcome teamwork but also be able to work alone
- You must be at least 18; if you are underage you need to come with a permission from your parents
- You have to be a proactive person, we welcome volunteers with initiative and creativity
- You must have at least an Intermediate level of English
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.
Flights and Visa
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.
Connect with Past Volunteers
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer page on our website.