Internships and Volunteer Posts

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(1) UN Volunteering

Hundreds of Irish people have volunteered with the United Nations over the past few years, working with UN agencies or on humanitarian response and peacekeeping missions. Irish Aid supports UNV in its work of deploying volunteers, promoting volunteerism, testing new and innovative approaches to volunteering as well as undertaking research and analysis. United Nations Volunteers (UNV), the United Nations (UN) organization that promotes volunteerism as a means of achieving peace and development, is calling for applications to the UN Youth Volunteer programme. The UN Youth Volunteer programme, which emerged from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Five-Year Action Agenda, aims to create enabling environments for youth engagement in global peace and sustainable human development through volunteerism. It presents the opportunity for successful applicants to develop and apply their skills, knowledge and capacities in promoting sustainable development as volunteers within UN agencies in regional and developing country offices over a period of 12 months. With support from Irish Aid, UNV will deploy 11 UN Youth Volunteers in February/March 2019. Find out more. Closing date: 15 November.

(2) UNHCR Ireland Protection Unit seeks Intern

Based in Dublin. 6 months. The intern will work with UNHCR Ireland’s Protection Unit. Graduates with a background in refugee law, human rights law and public international law, international relations, development studies and/or other social science disciplines are encouraged to apply. A food and transportation allowance of maximum 1,000 USD per month is available for un-sponsored interns. Find out more. Closing date: 20 November.

(3) SERVE seeks volunteers for 2019 Overseas Volunteer Programme

Join SERVE during Summer 2019 and work alongside our partners in India, Mozambique, the Philippines or Vietnam. The programme will run over 4 weeks and includes working on education and community development projects as well as youth work programmes, and health and social care projects. The SERVE volunteer programme is open to everyone over 18. For more information about the specific projects and to apply, please visit our website or contact Closing date: 30 November.

(4) Suas seeks Coordinators for the Suas Volunteer Programme 2019

Suas seeks Team Coordinators, Development Coordinators and Education Coordinators to lead and support teams of volunteers in India and Zambia in summer 2019. In challenging environments in the global south, coordinators play a vital role by supporting volunteers, exploring international  development issues and developing their teaching skills. Coordinators will be involved in the design and delivery of the programme from January through to June before going overseas for a 9 week placement. This is a voluntary role - training, overseas expenses and a stipend are provided. To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to For further information on each role, please download the information pack. Closing date: Wednesday, 5 December, midnight.

(5) Short-term Volunteer Opportunities with VMM International

VMM International's short term volunteer programme offers an extensive range of volunteer opportunities in Uganda, Kenya and Malawi from four weeks to six months. We have placements available in IT, human rights and advocacy, research, teachers and teaching assistants, healthcare, environmental and agriculture, gender based projects, community projects and more. The programmes run all year round and VMM match your skills and expertise to the needs of the host organisation so your participation is of real value to the community. Our programmes are open to students, graduates, professionals, retirees and everyone who wants to help those who need it the most. For further information, please contact Fiona at

(6) VSO Ireland - Various Roles

VSO Ireland has a range of volunteer opportunities for experienced professionals of any age looking to share their time and expertise. Volunteers can take part in a range of programmes of various lengths in countries across Africa and Asia. Find out more.

(7) UCDVO Team Coordinators

UCDVO is seeking applications for the role of Team Coordinator on the UCDVO 2018/19 Volunteering and Development Education Programme. The Programme is a one-year commitment which includes evening and weekend workshops and four weeks overseas. Project countries currently include India, Haiti, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Uganda. Team Coordinators form a crucial part of the UCDVO Programme as they are responsible for supporting volunteers, communicating with local partner organisations and assisting with project planning, implementation and evaluation. Applications can be made online.