Did you know that Ireland is amongst the top 10 countries in the world for volunteering? 38% of people in Ireland volunteer their time every year.
If you have ever wondered how you can volunteer your time and professional skills to give back as an individual or as part of a CSR initiative for your company, read on.
As well as being a good way to give back, volunteering can be a useful way to gain professional experience outside of your day job.
A lot of volunteering roles require skilled people, like accountants, graphic designers, call-centre staff and IT professionals. Having volunteers assist in these areas helps charities to keep down costs.
If you are looking for something that uses your specific skill, look for organisations that specialise in matching people to roles. For example. if you are an accountant looking to volunteer, you might consider AfID, Accounting for International Development. They are a UK based organisation that offers “every type of accountant, from anywhere in the world the opportunity to use their skills to support a broad range of non-profit organisations globally”. They have assignments of between 2 weeks and 12 months, that help to build the financial management capacity of charities in over 50 countries. For more information see www.afid.org.uk
How To Volunteer?
If you are looking for an opportunity that would suit a group, take a look at differencedays.ie. This Dublin based team will source a project for that suits the skills of your team and will even help you plan it.
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