International Pen Pals
University of Limerick International Division
Volunteering has a lot to offer people from all types of backgrounds. Everyone will have their own specific reasons for volunteering.
A significant reason for many students is the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and widen their experience.
Volunteering also assists students:
Many companies now look for employees who have experience in voluntary work, as this will demonstrate transferable skills as well as the ability to adapt to any given situation. Volunteering is a great way to improve your personal and professional development. While you are volunteering you can learn new skills which may improve your employment prospects.
WHAT IS GIVE?
The GIVE (Guided Initiative in Voluntary Engagement) project encourages students to engage in voluntary activities, and benefits both the community and the volunteers by combining a service experience with a learning and development experience.
The GIVE project has embedded in its core a strong ethos of learning and development. The project utilises social networks and StudentVolunteer.ie to interact and communicate with volunteers, potential volunteers and organisations.
LIT recognises the importance and the significant contribution that our students can offer in assisting the Institute to actively and positively engage with our wider community. To date, LIT students have played a pivotal role in the success of pre and post-entry access initiatives, and have contributed over 8,500 hours of voluntary work both on campus and in the community. As volunteers, these students are testament to the benefits of higher education and lifelong learning.
WHAT DO I GET FROM THE GIVE PROGRAMME AS A STUDENT IN LIT?
LIT’s strong position on engagement is demonstrated by the Institute’s support and recognition of volunteerism. A level of commitment is requested from GIVE participants, and in appreciation of this commitment, volunteers are awarded with a Commendation from the President of Limerick Institute of Technology.
The President’s Commendation is a tiered, prestigious commendation scheme that bestows recognition on GIVE volunteers on completion of a level of commitment to the project. The rationale behind the tiered framework is to allow for volunteers to continue their involvement from year to year with the increased benefit of escalating the status and level of their commendation. A Bronze Commendation is awarded in recognition of 20 hours voluntary engagement, Silver Commendation in recognition of 40 hours engagement, and a Gold Commendation in recognition of 60 hours voluntary engagement.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN GIVE?
All registered part time and full time student. Faculty and Staff are very welcome!
HOW CAN I BECOME INVOLVED WITH GIVE?
WHO IS THE STUDENT VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR?
Mary Nash, Access Office LIT
Phone: (061) 293103
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