SERVE Volunteer Programme 2020 applications are now open

Posted on 23 Oct 2019

Volunteer in India, Mozambique, the Philippines, Vietnam and Zambia during summer 2020 and work alongside our partners on sustainable development projects! 

SERVE is a Cork-based overseas development and volunteering organisation, committed to tackling the root causes of poverty to achieve justice, equality, and opportunities for all. We are recruiting volunteers for our 4-week overseas placements, which take place from early July to early August. This year, we are offering placements in:

  • Bangalore, India
  • Beira, Mozambique
  • Cebu City, Philippines
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Mazabuka, Zambia

Who Can Be a SERVE Volunteer?
SERVE volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Applicants must be willing to get stuck-in, open to learning about new cultures and perspectives, and able to live and work with a diverse group of people. Minimum age for participation is 18 and you must be finished secondary school.
What work will I be doing?
SERVE volunteers take on a variety of roles and each placement is different. Placements are always planned in response to the needs of the local partners and can change on a yearly basis. 

How much does it cost?
Participants in the SERVE volunteer programme are required to raise a minimum of €2,995. This covers flights, insurance, training, and in-country project costs. SERVE also uses these funds to make grants towards furthering the work of our overseas partners. Fundraising support is provided at the training days.
Is there training?
Attendance at pre-departure training is a mandatory requirement of the SERVE volunteer programme. Training sessions take place at our offices in Blackrock, Cork. The sessions will on the following dates:

  • 22nd February 2020
  • 18th April 2020
  • 23rd May 2020

Volunteers must also attend a debriefing session which takes place on October 2020.
Do I need vaccinations?

Volunteers should consult their doctor for expert medical advice. Vaccinations are at the expense of the individual volunteer and should not be fundraised for.
Is volunteer recognition provided?
All volunteers who participate fully in the entire programme of pre-departure training, in-country placement, and debriefing will be awarded a certificate in recognition of their participation. Students can often use the volunteer experience to meet the placement requirements of certain courses. This is a discretion of the college and it is the responsibility of the individual volunteer to check if the volunteer placement meets college requirements.
All volunteers are encouraged to take part in the Global Citizen Award, an Irish government-funded programme that recognising the role played by international volunteers in fostering global citizenship. 
For more information and to apply, please visit here.