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Irish Aid Volunteering Fair 2017

Irish Aid Volunteering Fair 2017

Thinking of volunteering abroad, or just curious about Ireland’s role in international development? Come to the Irish Aid Volunteering Fair at Dublin Castle on the 7th of October 2017.

Every year, the Irish Aid Volunteering Fair gives you a unique opportunity to meet and chat face-to-face with the main organisations in Ireland that offer overseas volunteering placements. It’s a chance to discover the many opportunities out there and pick up advice and tips from experienced overseas volunteers. It can be the start of a hugely rewarding journey!

Irish Aid Volunteering Fair 2016

Irish Aid Volunteer Fair 2016 © Phil Behan / DFAT

About two thousand Irish people travel abroad annually to volunteer on development projects, mainly in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These placements can be one month or longer, and are tailored to all different skill sets.

Thirty five organisations will exhibit at the Fair, including Concern, VSO, Goal, EU Aid Volunteers and many others. The organisations attending have signed up to a set of volunteering standards, ensuring that the contributions of volunteers have a positive impact for the local project and community, the volunteer and the sending organisation. These organisations offer many opportunities: find one that interests you!

Irish Aid Volunteering Fair 2016

Irish Aid Volunteer Fair 2016 © Phil Behan / DFAT

The event runs from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. at the Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle. Minister of State for Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D. and experienced overseas volunteers will also speak at the event. Entry is free at any time. We hope to see you there!

The Volunteer Fair will take place at Point 9 on the map of Dublin Castle below:

Volunteer Fair Map

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“The vast majority of people who came to our stand were very serious about wanting to go away, which was great! Thanks for organising such a great event!” Annette O’Sullivan, VSO Ireland

 “I found the day really stimulating - the quality of the engagement from members of the public was most encouraging”.  Mark Cumming, Comhlámh

“It was an enriching and inspiring day as we met so many people thinking about volunteering or willing to share – in many cases – very high level professional skills with those in need in our world”. Colette Rooney, Viatores Christi

“I felt that the fair was a great use of our time as an agency and an enjoyable event to be part of”. Mary Anne Stokes, VLM