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Irish Aid Volunteering Fair 2019

‚ÄčIrish Aid Volunteering Fair 2019 will be held in Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle on Saturday 9th November 2019 from 11am - 4pm.

Thinking of volunteering abroad, or just curious about Ireland’s role in international development? 

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!

Vol-Fair-2017-3 © Phil-Behan

Irish Aid Volunteer Fair 2017 © 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!

Vol-Fair-2017 ©Phil-Behan

Minister Ciaran Cannon at the Irish Aid Volunteer Fair 2017 © Phil Behan / DFAT

Quotes from attendees of the 2017 Volunteer Fair

It was a great day showing the passionate work of so many organisations who work in solidarity with many communities worldwide”. Jane Mellet, Savio

We had an amazing day at the fair, looking forward to next year, thanks for a great day”. Duane Holden, DINIT

The IA Fair is a great opportunity to meet with past volunteers, VSAs and get informed about potential volunteer placements”. Áine Lynch, EUAVI/Comhlámh

CNCF was glad to be a part of this great opportunity to meet with a variety of potential qualified volunteers. Also it was exciting to see the wonderful work being carried by other non-profits. We are looking forward to next year”. Hélène Bassinet, Christina Noble Children’s Foundation

It’s a great chance to get to know all sending organisations in Ireland and see what overseas volunteering opportunity fits best for you”. Pia Kersten, AIESEC

 “The volunteer fair was a great opportunity to tell interested people about our overseas volunteer opportunities for 2018, and the people I met were on a mission to find the right placement to fit their skills and the place in the world they want to go to and the time they have available”. Rose Hennesy, Brighter Communities Worldwide.


Vol-Fair-2017-4 © Phil-Behan

Irish Aid Volunteer Fair 2017 © Phil Behan / DFAT