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University of Limerick International Division
Studentvolunteer.ie is an online tool to harness, acknowledge and support students to volunteer in their communities.
Studentvolunteer.ie enables students to have the opportunity to:
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!
All registered part time and full time students including Distance Education, Access, Erasmus and Study Abroad students. Faculty and Staff are very welcome!
As a Studentvolunteer.ie Volunteer you will be entitled to receive appropriate inductions and training and to receive regular support from the Studentvolunteer.ie 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.
No, please register at any time. Studentvolunteer.ie recognises the volunteering contribution that students make throughout the year - that includes the summer months, not just the academic year!
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.
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, Studentvolunteer.ie provides resources to help you.
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.
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.
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.
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 Studentvolunteer.ie team.
In the event that we do not have something that you like, be sure to register with Studentvolunteer.ie anyway to receive regular emails about new opportunities as they arise.
See our dedicated resource to help you find the right opportunity overseas.
The Studentvolunteer.ie Certificate represents the volunteering, training and reflection undertaken by a student. Employers seek skilled, well rounded students. The Studentvolunteer.ie 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 Studentvolunteer.ie Certificate as an achievement.
The volunteering you committed yourself to and the training you received has been recognised through the Studentvolunteer.ie 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 01 700 5635
StudentVolunteer.ie enables students to have the opportunity to: enrich your personal development and employability skills, have a fun experience, meet new people, and give back to your community. Sign up now.Register Now