Students FAQ

Students FAQ

Students FAQ

What is STUDENTVOLUNTEER.IE? is an online tool to harness, acknowledge and support students to volunteer in their communities.

How can I become involved with STUDENTVOLUNTEER.IE?
  • Register for and create your volunteer profile - the registration form is short and simple!
  • Browse through volunteering opportunities via our database and find opportunities and organisations that interest you.
  • Read all about the opportunities and apply to volunteer online.
  • Check your email for updates - the organisation may contact you directly on your email
  • Check your dashboard for updates too!
  • Log and track your volunteering hours online and keep a reflective journal of your experience.
What do I get from the STUDENTVOLUNTEER.IE as a student? enables students to have the opportunity to:

  • Enrich their personal development and employability skills
  • Have a fun experience and made new life long friends
  • Attain an certificate, access and print the details of your volunteering activity and hours - remember that you can use your voluntary experience as a part of your Uaneen module.
  • Learn from community which could enhance your academic learning
  • Build personal knowledge and skills while contributing to the capacity of community
Why should I volunteer? 

If you are a student studying (undergraduate and postgraduate) volunteering will provide an opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge, get some real-life experience and at the same time the local community benefits. Employers ask during interviews to share examples of any volunteering. This will show that you have transferable skills and you are able to adapt to any given situation.

Volunteering is a great way to get to know more people from different backgrounds. Volunteering can be a great way to improve your personal and professional development. Whilst volunteering, you can actually learn new skills which will not only benefit your professional life, but will give you a chance to develop further your career.

Also, volunteering can be a great way to experience something totally different and maybe even learn something new about yourself! 

Who can participate in STUDENTVOLUNTEER.IE?

All registered part time and full time students including Distance Education, Access, Erasmus and Study Abroad students. Faculty and Staff are very welcome!

What support can I expect as a STUDENTVOLUNTEER.IE Volunteer?

As a Volunteer you will be entitled to receive appropriate inductions and training and to receive regular support from the team. If any volunteer is experiencing problems at any stage of the volunteering process, we are here to help in any way we can. See the specially designed guides to volunteering here. Contact us throughout the year. 

Is there a deadline to register for STUDENTVOLUNTEER.IE?

No, please register at any time. recognises the volunteering contribution that students make throughout the year - that includes the summer months, not just the academic year!

Will I have to have an interview with the community organisation?

In some cases yes - often this is an informal chat. The organisation just wants to get to know you and see where your interests and skills lie. Sometimes they might assign you a different task if you both decide that would be more beneficial. 

Do I need any training to be a good volunteer?

Most voluntary organisations will provide the basic training required to carry out their work. Any specialist training (such as operating small pieces of equipment, codes of conduct etc.) will be given to you by the organisation itself. It is their responsibility to look after you while you are volunteering with them.

In addition, provides resources to help you. 

I've heard that I will have to get Garda Vetting. What's involved?

Some organisations require volunteers to undergo reference checks or Garda checks in line with current legislation. This means that your criminal records are checked to ensure that you will be a suitable candidate for working with vulnerable people such as children and the elderly. The organisation you wish to volunteer with will arrange the Garda Vetting for you.

Will this process take a long time? What documents will I need to bring?

The organisation will inform you of the process and wteher it is required. Garda Vetting can take some time, so where possible consider getting in touch with organisations ahead of the time you seek to start volunteering. Garda Vetting is carried out at no cost to the volunteer and it is the responsibility of the organisation you are volunteering with.

Can I still volunteer while the checks are being made?

In some circumstances organisations might want to ensure that your results are returned before you can volunteer with them, but you will be advised about this should this situation arise.

But what happens if I'm really not happy with the volunteer opportunity I'm working on?

If, for whatever reason, you become unhappy, are not enjoying the experience or suddenly find you no longer have the time to commit to it, you should communicate with the organisation and the team.

What happens if nothing takes my fancy but yet I still want to volunteer?

In the event that we do not have something that you like, be sure to register with anyway to receive regular emails about new opportunities as they arise. 

Does STUDENTVOLUNTEER.IE have any information about international volunteering?

See our dedicated resource to help you find the right opportunity overseas.

Do employers recognise the STUDENTVOLUNTEER.IE Certificate?

The Certificate represents the volunteering, training and reflection undertaken by a student. Employers seek skilled, well rounded students. The Certificate represents your commitment to something further than your studies. By volunteering on or off campus we recognise the learning that can come from outside the classroom and so do future employers. On your CV it is important to refer to the Certificate as an achievement.

The volunteering you committed yourself to and the training you received has been recognised through the Certificate. Questions in the reflection application represent questions that real world employers will ask in an interview. For example, what are the skills you have and demonstrate with an example of how you have used your skill? When have you worked in a team? Not only can you draw on examples from your studies but you can also draw on examples from volunteering.

Employers seek employees with experience. Volunteering can offer a whole range of experiences that employers seek. Fundraising, raising awareness, retail experience, homework clubs, youth groups, etc. all illustrate different qualities of experience. Most importantly you have demonstrated experience of working with people and active communication skills.

So how will I receive information about current volunteering opportunities?

All of our volunteers' details are stored on a database in local HEI offices (for our own use only) and from this a weekly mailing list is generated. We will send out a selection of volunteer opportunities to you. 

Who can I contact at Dublin City University if I have any additional questions or run into any difficulties?

You can contact:

Ruth Lynam
Student Volunteer Coordinator 
DCU Volunteer
DCU in the Community
01 700 5635

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