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Volunteer Assistants to help with our Primary School Learning Workshops in MoLI


Volunteer Assistants to help with our Primary School Learning Workshops in MoLI

MoLI - Museum of Literature Ireland


At a Glance

  • Start Date:26/08/2019
  • End Date:31/12/2019
  • Closing date:31/12/2019
  • Post Updated:06/09/2019
  • Min Hours:3 hours per week/fortnight
  • Role Type:Arts – music, drama, crafts

Requirements:All applicants working with children in the Learning Programme will be Garda Vetted


"Shut your eyes and see" - James Joyce, Ulysses

At the core of MoLI’s vision is the desire to bring visitors on an inspiring journey through Irish writing and to engage children of all abilities to explore their creative potential, with a focus on imaginative development, aesthetic observation, curiosity and creative play. 

At MoLI, we offer a choice of 3 workshops for primary schools to participate in for free. All programmes are embedded to elements of the school curriculum, are linked to our exhibitions and gardens, and are developed with different learning styles in mind.

Our school programmes were devised in collaboration with young people, educators and partner schools, and will be facilitated by our Learning Manager. 

We are seeking enthusiastic, dynamic individuals to help deliver this free Learning Programme to schools. 

Learning Programme Volunteers will support us during our weekday workshops, which will happen on weekday mornings during term time with primary school students, with occasional evening and weekend programmes.

What kind of people volunteer at MoLI?

Everyone! Our school workshops at MoLI are free, and can only be offered to schools if we have a dynamic, creative, and dedicated team of volunteers. You don’t need to be a writer or a teacher to be a MoLI volunteer and no previous experience is necessary.

What is involved when I sign up?

We will train learning room volunteers in how to assist in the delivery of workshops in line with our Child Protection and Welfare Policy and MoLI’s Positive Behaviour Policy. 

Learning Room Volunteer Assistants will also be vetted by the National Vetting Bureau. 

How often will you need me?

Initially, we are looking for volunteers who can commit to one morning per week for 3 hours @9.30am - 12.30pm. Our workshops will last for 1.5 – 2 hours, with prep beforehand and debrief after the session.

What are the benefits of being a MoLI Volunteer?

Free access to the museum’s exhibitions at any reasonable time during their volunteering agreement

20% discount in the MoLI shop 

10% discount in the museum café

Free use of MoLI’s Members’ Library

Access to the museum’s staff and volunteer library

Opportunity to take advantage of unsold free tickets to events on the public programme.

Invitation to MoLI’s annual volunteer garden party and other social events throughout the year

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

The Learning Manager will deliver the workshops, and the learning room volunteer will assist in:

- Preparing the room, and discuss incoming group info, tasks and roles for the morning

- Assist in welcoming the group to MoLI (name tags, wayfinding etc)

- Assist in bringing the group up to Learning Room

- Encourage young people to settle (take coats, bags etc)

- Assist in the delivery of the workshop

- Assist in getting feedback from educators and pupils

- Assist in bringing the group downstairs and support them in exiting MoLI

- Team Tidy Up

- Team Debrief 

Skills required for this role:

Questions you might ask yourself

 - Are you passionate about storytelling? 

 - Do you enjoy working in a creative environment with individuals and groups?

 - Are you a warm and friendly individual with a passion for culture, creativity and communication? 

 - Are you a good listener with a willingness to work with all young people?

 - Are you a great team player, with an ability to work towards a common goal of creating a fun, engaging and rewarding environment for all young people and teachers that access MoLI?

 - Can you assist us in bringing young people’s stories to life in a creative way, up on the 3rd floor of MoLI, overlooking the magical Iveagh gardens?

Details of time commitment needed for role:
How often will you need me? Initially, we are looking for volunteers who can commit to one morning per week for 3 hours - 9.30am - 12.30pm. Our workshops will last for 1.5 – 2 hours, with prep beforehand and a short debrief after the session.

Minimum time commitment per week:
3 hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Volunteer Process - Online application - Interview (phone or, in person) - Garda Vetting process begins - Induction session Then, volunteers begin and learn on the job!


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Jennie Ryan

Address: MoLI - Museum of Literature Ireland, UCD Newman House St Stephen's Green South Dublin 2


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