Internships and Volunteer Posts

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(1) VSO Ireland is currently advertising volunteer vacancies in a variety of sectors (e.g. health, education, business, marketing, communications, advocacy, development) across 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Current VSO Ireland vacancies include:

Details on other available opportuities available at

(2) Haven seeks volunteers for its 2018 Volunteer Programme in Haiti:

Haven is currently accepting applications for its next Volunteer Programme, which travels to Haiti on 13 April 2018 and arrives back in Dublin on 22 April 2018.  Over a week, volunteers participate in a broad range of activities, based on Haven’s three focus areas: water and sanitation, training and education, and shelter. These are suited to multiple skill-sets and tailored to meet the needs of the local community volunteers are based in. Volunteers are asked to fundraise to cover the costs of their travel and materials used on the trip. For more information on the 2018 Volunteer Programme, please click here, or please email with any queries.

(3) Plan International Ireland seeks Public Engagement Intern

Sitting within the public engagement team you will provide an integral supportive role to Plan Ireland’s dynamic team in a time of expansion and growth. From research and event co-ordination to proof reading and data entry you will provide assistance to a team across various areas including Marketing, Fundraising and Digital Media.

For further information, please click here. To apply, please email your CV to Closing date: 25 August.

(4) VMM seeks Information Technology and Network Consultant (Uganda)

VMM are currently recruiting for an Information Technology and Network Consultant to assist one of our partners with their work with people in palliative care in Uganda for 6 months. The successful applicant will be based in Kampala and provided with accommodation, and will need to fundraise to cover the remaining costs of the placement. This role has incredible opportunities to travel and use your skills and experience to serve the people of Uganda. 

For more information click here: Closing date: 30 August.

(5) Concern Debates seeks Volunteer Adjudicators

The Concern Debates are judged by volunteer adjudicators who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are presently recruiting volunteers to join our panel. No experience is necessary. It’s a great way to learn more about development issues and an opportunity to hear the views of young people. 

Debates take place in schools Monday through Thursday evenings from October to May. The League Phase, when we need most of our volunteers as each school takes part in 4 debates, runs from October to January and then the Knockout Phase, involving fewer schools, takes place from February to May.  

Each debate is judged by three adjudicators so when you are new you will be put on a panel with experienced adjudicators to assist you.  Generally volunteers will do one or two debates a month although you are free to do more or less if you wish.  There are over 700 opportunities to adjudicate throughout the school year. Adjudicator training takes place throughout the country in September and October. For more details, please visit visit

(6) Brighter Communities Worldwide seek volunteers

Brighter Communities Worldwide (formerly known as Friends of Londiani) are looking for volunteers to take part in our Harambee volunteer project in November this year.  Dates are from 28/10/17 for 2 or 3 week option.

Volunteers will be working in a rural area 220km northwest of Nairobi.  They will work closely with local communities and our staff on projects including smokeless stoves installations; rescue & emergency care courses; business trainings and supporting community health worker activities.  Pre-departure training & support is provided.  This is a great opportunity to use your skills & experience to support people who are creating better futures for themselves and to deepen your understanding of global development issues.  Further details can be found here Closing date: 31 August.

(7) Frontline Defenders Web Editor Fellowship

The Fellowship is designed to provide training and practical work experience in an international organisation to recent graduates seeking a career in human rights. The Fellow will learn about the role of and challenges faced by human rights defenders across the world; the international and regional mechanisms of protection for human rights defenders; the role of Front Line Defenders and other national and international organisations in the support and protection of human rights defenders; the strategic employment of innovative and effective media, online communications and campaigning tools and initiatives to support the visibility, legitimacy and recognition of human rights defenders. 

This position is a 9 month Fellowship with a stipend of €1200 per month. For further information, please click here. For a Fellowship starting in January 2018 (with availability for up to 5 days remote training in mid-December 2017), please send your CV and cover letter outlining relevant experience and skills to Adam Shapiro, Head of Communications & Visibility at: with “Web Editor Fellowship” in the subject line. Closing date: 31 August. 

(8) Innovation in Politics Awards seeks Citizen Jurors

The Innovation in Politics Awards is an exciting new European initiative to recognise political innovation; innovation that improves our communities, our environment, and strengthens human rights, social balance and democracy. More than 400 politicians across Europe have been nominated for innovative political work. A 1,000 Citizen Jury will decide who Europe’s most innovative politicians are – you can be part of that decision making process by signing-up to be a juror online. 

Complete the simple online Sign-up Form to be a juror. For more information contact Karin Kropik at Full details about the Awards at Closing date: 31 August. 

(9) ECO-UNESCO seeks interns

  • Education and Training Assistant x2 positions: Closing date 5 September 

  • Communications Assistant: Closing date 6 September

  • Marketing and PR Assistant: Closing date 6 September

For further information, please click here.

(10) Funded overseas volunteer roles at Viatores Christi

Viatores Christi is seeking suitably qualified volunteer development workers for the following roles. 

These roles are not salaried but are funded from the Overseas Aid Budget and have Volunteer Development Worker (VDW) status (PRSI contributions paid by the Irish Government).  VDWs will be in receipt of a monthly living allowance and will receive allowances to cover flights and vaccinations as well as a resettlement amount on return. Accommodation will be provided free of charge. Insurance will be covered by VC group policy.  Start dates will depend on applicant experience and VC training process.

  • IT Project Manager (with French) - Haiti

  • Montessori Teacher (with Spanish) - Dominican Republic

  • Senior Social Worker - Uganda

  • Physiotherapist - Uganda

  • HR & Training Specialist - Rwanda

For more information on these roles and the application process, please contact

(11) Vita seeks Programme Support & Communications Intern (incl. Travel)

Vita are looking for an exceptional, curious, passionate and committed person who is interested in building a career in international development and is willing to travel to our areas of operation. The initial internship is for six months but this may be extended for the right candidate.

The main responsibilities of the intern will be;

  • Project development;

  • Linking with in-country staff;

  • Identifying prospective donors in Ireland and the UK;

  • Supporting our public engagement initiatives;

  • Familiarity with and management of social media and online platforms;

  • General support to Vita’s programme quality function;

  • Gathering stories to tell our audience and helping develop new audiences.

It is important that you have a strong understanding of the international development sector, excellent report writing and proposal development skills, and an ability to work across departments. We are happy to pay a modest remuneration and will cover all international travel expenses.

To apply, send a CV and brief cover letter, outlining how you suit the position to by 8 September.