ALIVE is proud to partner with other Higher Education Institutions and Community Organisations to design and enable positive volunteering experiences for students and NGOs.

Our partnerships include:

  • Comhlámh
  • Volunteer Ireland & Volunteer Galway
  • The Global Citizen Award
  • Gaisce is a new easy to use, one-stop-shop portal connecting higher education students with civil society organisation volunteering opportunities.

What’s in it for students?

  • Browse and apply for volunteering opportunities

  • Connect with civil society organisations locally, nationally or internationally.
  • Manage your profile and volunteering activity online.
  • Log and track your volunteering hours
  • Gain recognition and apply for volunteering awards and certificates.

What’s in it for Civil Society Organisations? 

  • Advertise long-term, once-off, local, national, international volunteering opportunities.
  • Connect and recruit students in Irish Higher Education Institutions all across Ireland.
  • Manage activity online.
  • Access how-to guides and useful resources. is to be made available to all higher education institutions. If you are interested in getting involved please email 




Comlámh's mission is to foster good practice and critical engagement in volunteering and action for development. The ‘Comhlámh Code of Good Practice’ is a quality standard that promotes excellence in international volunteering.

Comhlámh Code of Good Practice Signatory

Signatory Category is for volunteer sending agencies who choose to become signatories to the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice to demonstrate to volunteers, overseas partners, funders and members of the public that they are seriously committed to implementing good practice in international volunteering. As a signatory to the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice (CoGP) volunteer sending agencies have certain responsibilities inline with the 11 Principles. Some campus programmes and societies send volunteers overseas and have achieved the Signatory status.

Comhlámh Code of Good Practice Supporter

Signatory Category is for organisations that may not directly send volunteers overseas but choose to become supporters to the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice to demonstrate to volunteers, overseas partners, funders and members of the public that they are seriously committed to upholding good practice in international volunteering. is proud to be a Comhlámh Code of Good Practice Supporter and therefore all the international volunteering opportunites on are in adherence to the Code and have Signatory status.

Volunteer Ireland & Galway Volunteer Centre

Volunteer Ireland is the national volunteer development agency and a support body for all local Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services in Ireland. Their goal is to make sure that everyone who wants to can volunteer. They achieve this through:

- Volunteers and Volunteering - VI promotes and celebrates volunteering in Ireland through campaigns such as National Volunteering Week and the Volunteer Ireland Awards. Along with Volunteer Centres across the country, and manage I-VOL (the national database of Irish volunteering opportunities and listings).

- Charities and Not for Profit Organisations - VI supports national volunteer-involving organisations by offering bespoke training, consultancy and an extensive range of online guides and resources on engaging volunteers.

- Corporate Companies - VI supports companies interested in volunteering, and offers volunteer management services for large-scale events and festivals.

- Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services - There are twenty-one Volunteer Centres and five Volunteering Information Services across the country who work with Volunteer Ireland. Volunteer Ireland develops and supports best practice in volunteering and Volunteer Centres, including the evaluation of Volunteer Centres according to a quality standard framework.

Global Citizen Award

The Global Citizen Award is a personal development award that enables you to share your overseas volunteering experiences and help raise awareness of global issues in Ireland. The Award is free and open to all returned international volunteers. It offers you an opportunity to take what you have experienced overseas and continue to make a difference to Global Justice issues right here at home.


Gaisce - The President's Award

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a personal development programme that enhances confidence and well-being through participation in personal, physical and community challenges. It is a direct challenge from the President to 15 to 25 year olds to dream big and realise their potential. The programme is a flexible one and students can choose to complete a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award and they also choose the tasks they want to focus on within each challenge area. There is a minimum time commitment for each award (26 weeks for Bronze and Silver; 52 weeks for Gold) but there is no time limitation – this allows students to incorporate Gaisce into their lives in a way that is manageable and adaptable. 

Participants receive national recognition for their activities. Many students find that they are already involved in activities that meet Gaisce’s programme requirements without realising it. If you choose a volunteering opportunity on, why not contact the Gaisce office or the Gaisce Society in your college or university to find out how you can get national certification for your extra-curricular and volunteering activities? 



We welcome partnerships to enhance volunteering experiences!

Our partnerships include:

  • Comhlámh
  • Volunteer Ireland & Volunteer Galway
  • The Global Citizen Award
  • Gaisce

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