ALIVE News & Events!

July 5th 2016 Symposium on Student Volunteering

You are welcome to attend and/or present as we come together with our Keynote speaker Clare Holdsworth to critical reflect and engage on student extra-curricular activity at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway.

Click here to register to attend or speak at the Symposium website.

ALIVE & Themed Student Development Weeks at NUI Galway Volunteering 2016

Student development is vital for student reslience and happiness. ALIVE is proud to particpate in several themed weeks on campus that engage students for their health and wellbeing.

For Mental Health Week ALIVE has organised a range of fun activities, and also contributed to Wellness Week and Sexual Health Awareness Week. To see the full schedules please visit the dedicated website.

A huge thank you to all the community partners of Galway and beyond for visiting and contributing to these themed weeks at NUI Galway - your input is vital!

Galway for European Capital of Culture bid 2020

Galway For European Capital of Culture bid 2020 are looking for Capital of Culture Champions!

Volunteers are sought to help engage with the people of Galway over Galway's festival period in July and August. You will be part of a team that are bidding on behalf of Galway for European Capital of Culture designation. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about civic engagement, competitive bidding, and the arts and culture infrastructure of a city region. You will benefit from a unique insight into the management of large-scale events. You will contribute to raising the awareness of Galway and its cultural offerings and provide a valuable contribution to ensure the city gain European Capital of Culture status for 2020. For further details contact Pat Collins at p.collins@nuigalway.ie

NUI Galway Student Connect Mentoring Programme

Volunteer with a special programme designed to make the first few days and year of incoming class a fun, enjoyable and welcoming experience.

To join us for the Mental Health Week coffee morning to chat and greet mentors.

Wednesday 2nd March 10am - 12noon The Aras na Mac Leinn

To volunteer with the Mentor programme: LINK


Global Citizens Award

This is a personal development award aimed at helping you to share your experiences of volunteering overseas, as well as allowing you to raise awareness of global issues in Ireland!

The Award is free and open to all returned internatinal volunteers. It offers the opportunity to take what you have experienced overseas and continue to make a difference to Global Justice Issues rigt here at home by providing a platform from which to explain and share your volunteering stories and memories, a chance to inspire others and educate your community on the global issues you witnessed and, an opportunity to continue your volunteer journey while keeping your volunteering experience alive! Find out about beginning your Global Citizen Award, see past participants experiences and stories; get support, helpful tips and resources for your award; and keep up to date with #GCAIreland stories here.

EIL Seed Fund Now Open!

EIL Seed Fund is now OPEN to help you with any activities, events or Global Citizen Award action project(s) which will raise awareness about the people and issues you have encountered by providing successful individuals and groups with grants of up to €200! Your action project can have a real impact on the way Irish people think about global issues and in turn bring about real change in the world. Grow your idea into action!

You may face financial barriers, time constraints or be unable to access the necessary help and support. The EIL Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme exists to assist you overcome these barriers by providing successful applicants with funding, guidance and support to implement their own awareness-raising projects. You can apply to the Seed Fund as individuals or as part of a group. For more info see: http://www.eilireland.org/development-education/seed-fund-micro-grant-scheme or contact evelyn@eilireland.org

NUI Galway Volunteer Fair January 2016!

All are welcome to join us at the NUI Galway Volunteering Fair at the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn, on Wednesday the 13th of January. Students will get the opportunity to meet tons of different types of charities, NGOs and community groups, learn about their work and see how they can help!

Exhibitors from NGOs, Charities, Community groups, Schools, Hospitals and semi- government bodies are encouraged to share their passion while creating links with the many students and staff that visit the fair each year!

Fair open from 12.00pm - 3.00pm. To book your table: http://goo.gl/forms/AM4lvg1eOy

Seas Suas Recruiting for 2015!


Volunteers welcome! ‘Seas Suas' is a student led programme, which promotes health and well being among students. This self-development programme equips students to help others, and offers skills for successful living.

The Programme is run on the Four Tuesdays of October 2015, i.e. 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th from 6-8pm, including a break for food.

PLEASE complete your application by using the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/73pxUyZGxF . Please submit your application by 6pm on Thursday 1st Oct.

Further information on the programme can be viewed on the following link - Seas Suas Video Clip

The programme includes speakers who address topics such as developing positive mental health, promoting wellbeing, alcohol and drugs awareness, and suicide prevention. You are expected to attend the four sessions and to complete a 500-word reflective journal on how you have or will use the skills you have learned during the Programme. An NUI Galway ALIVE certificate will be awarded to those who complete the Programme. Kind regards, Ben Hughes Project Leader - Seas Suas.

Craughwell Athletics Club, in Dangan NUI Galway

Volunteers welcome! Craughwell Athletics Club would like to invite you to participate in our Mental & Physical Health Awareness Day which is intended to promote the benefits of sport in our daily lives.

The idea for this event stems from recent communication received from Mr Kieron Stout, the National Child Welfare Officer at Athletics Ireland regarding ‘The promotion of Health in our Sport'.

As Craughwell is the largest Juvenile Athletics Club in Ireland we have decided to act proactively by raising awareness of Mental & Physical Health Services that are available to sporting club members and young people in the community. Craughwell Athletics Club has decided to organise an Events Day that will bring together various services and clubs to participate in an ambitious Guinness World Record 100m Relay Attempt.

So far we have had a great response to this initiative from various sporting organisations that we have contacted including Galway United FC who will be there on the day to participate in the World Record attempt and practise soccer skills with the children. The event will also feature various Mental & Physical Health Groups who will be available on the day to provide information on physiotherapy, sport injury, strength & conditioning, alternative therapies, nutritional health and mental health. . We are also asking sporting clubs in the area to join with us on the day to support the event which hopefully will also be of benefit to the members of your club. All schools and Club supporting the event will receive a Certificate of Participation Your support will be greatly appreciated and if you can participate please contact

Frances - My number is 087 7707297 or by email.francesfarrell1@eircom.net


NUI Galway students reflect on volunteering in Calcutta, India


The HOPE Foundation is a dedicated organisation for sending volunteers to India and has years of established community partnsehips. NUI Galway students share their experience volunteering summer 2015. Be the change you want to see in the world!

Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity where you can really make a difference to a child's life? Then we want to hear from you! Every year hundreds of Irish students just like you take part in our volunteering programme in Calcutta. Volunteers are given the amazing opportunity to work in the communities and slums of Calcutta, reaching out to those most in need. Volunteers will spend their time working with children, teenagers and adults, supporting our HOPE staff in our Education, Healthcare, Training and Protection projects. Volunteers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in India culture, work with like minded Irish volunteers and above all make a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable street children in Calcutta. See testimonies from students and watch our short video below from student Samantha Kehoe who volunteered with HOPE last year. To volunteer with HOPE: /organisation/view/239 Visit their website for more information: www.hopefoundation.ie

Ciaran MacMathuna, Medical Student:

‘I loved it, the whole experience was really rewarding and I would definitely go back. It can seem overwhelming at first especially with the fundraising but once you take the first step and sign up everything just starts to fall into place. I would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking about doing it!'

Triona O Meara, Nursing student:

'I truly loved my time there and would definitely recommend anyone thinking about it to do it! I loved working with the children and I cant wait to go back!'

NUIG Students' Union Charity Fund for 2015/16

Applications are now open for the NUI Galway Students' Union Charity Fund for 2015/16. Last year the Students' Union raised over €12,500 for charities through fundraising events held during the year.

If you are interested in having your charity considered as one of the beneficiaries of this fund please complete this application form and return same before 17:00 Monday 31st of August 2015 by e-mail Word Document only to joanna.brophy@nuigalway.ie. Please note that applications should be one page long max, word documents and should not include any images. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process. If selected, your charity's name and logo will be associated with official Students' Union fundraising activities and events held during the year on and off campus. The 15 elected Students' Union Officers will be reviewing all applications and the final decision will be made by this committee. The two successful applicants will be in contacted in late September.

For more information, contact:

Joanna Brophy, Assistant Manager, NUI Galway Students' Union

Phone: 091 493704/087 6463411

www.su.nuigalway.ie, www.twitter.com/NUIGSU

Trip to Zambia 2016!!

Apply now to become a Team leader on Habitat for Humanity's NUIG team to Zambia 3 -18th June 2016!

National Volunteer Week 2015!

Volunteer Galway, NUI Galway volunteer programme ALIVE, and GMIT have joined forces to celebrate National Volunteering Week 2015 and lay down a challenge across Galway to volunteer this year. They are encouraging everyone, across the city of all ages to think about how they can get more involved it their local community as a volunteer.

Research has shown that not only does volunteering have a positive impact on the local community, but volunteers themselves also benefit through acquiring new skills, increasing their employability and improving their mental health. "Our aim is to get as many people as possible volunteering - there are many ways to help out in your community and we can provide advice and support around this." said Donncha Foley of Volunteer Galway, who has developed workshops for organisations seeking to take on volunteers.

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to highlight to the students across Galway city the value of volunteering. "It is fantastic to see so many students volunteering throughout Galway and beyond because of this initiative. They are being shown the value of volunteering not just for themselves in terms of boosting their employability but also the benefit it has to society as a whole. Volunteers may not be paid but the work they do throughout the year is priceless", said GMIT Students Union President and Irish Heart Foundation volunteer, Sam O'Neill. To mark the 2015 National Volunteer Week, this May, the Galway City and County Age Friendly Older Persons Council met with students from GMIT and NUI Galway. Joan Kavanagh Chairperson said, "We have seen a great opportunity through volunteering for intergenerational collaboration across the city between all age groups committed to fostering a city committed to addressing social justice."

Public Seminar on Overseas Development, and International Volunteering

Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway 10.00am Thursday 26th March 2015

The seminar is being organised in response to the European Year for Development 2015, #eyd2015, a European Commission designated theme to nurture and engage development themes. The objective is to provide a public forum on development topics, international volunteering and to inform the citizen of the work being done in overseas development on their behalf by the European Commission.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Free parking permits and transport options will be emailed to all who register to attend.

Who should attend this seminar? Anyone with an interest in Ireland's role in Overseas Development or who might be interested in volunteering overseas.

To Register:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/public-seminar-on-overseas-development-and-international-volunteering-tickets-16217003494

International Volunteering Fair 2015

ALIVE with the NUI Galway Students Union are delighted to host international sending organisations for the Work and Travel Abroad Fair 2015.

Aras na Mac Leinn hosts over 25 exhibitors Wednesday the 28th of January 1-3pm with summer opportunities! For all the details: FAIR INFORMATION and International Volunteering Guide.

Research on Mental Health and Volunteering

Jeanelle Hodgins, Health Promotion Waterford IT undergraduate, on placement with NUI Galway Wellness Centre, researches the link between volunteering and mental health.

The survey research carried out in November 2014 sought to ascertian the relationship, if any, that NUI Galway student volunteers held between their volunteering activities and their mental health. Once submitted we look forward to reading the research results. Thanks to all the NUI Galway student volunteering participants!

EIL Seed Funding!

Returned from volunteering internationally? Now is your chance to share your experience in Ireland.

The EIL Seed funding offers you the opportunity to raise awareness of your experience. You can apply for the Seed Funding to hold an event, create a video, produce a story and the list goes on! You are encouraged to grow your idea into action. To learn more visit the EIL website here: http://www.eilireland.org/development-education/seed-fund-micro-grant-scheme

SUAS 2015 Trip

Ever wanted to volunteer in India? Suas invites you to apply for the 2015 Volunteer Programme

Suas Volunteers work with our Partner Organisations for ten weeks, acting as teaching assistants alongside local teachers in under-resourced communities. The Volunteer Programme includes:

• A 10 week work placement in Kolkata, Delhi or rural West Bengal.

• Comprehensive pre-departure training (3 preparation weekends), including knowledge and professional skills development (team development, language training, development modules, teaching practice, Health, Safety and Security and more).

• One week of in-country ‘Global Perspectives' workshops to exploring global development issues. Previous workshops have been given by UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, and Concern.

• Support from Suas in Ireland to assist with your fundraising (resources, materials and training).

• Connection to a vibrant Alumni group who remain engaged with Suas projects upon their return to Ireland.

Find out more and apply online at www.suas.ie/volunteer-overseas or email vp@suas.ie for more information. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 10TH NOVEMBER

Habitat for Humanity opens applications for volunteer leaders

Student volunteers that have experience in volunteering internationally are welcome to apply to be NUI Galway Team Leaders.

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator Mary for details at mary@habitatireland.ie

Western Alzheimers in association with Yann Studios Opportunity Update


Galway's longest running photography studio Yann Studios Photography is looking for 2 volunteer Project Managers to work with them in conjunction with Western Alzheimers.

They are looking for volunteers to design and distribute a 2015 calendar with them on behalf of Western Alzheimers. The volunteers will be involved in the initial stages of the project right through until completion including coordinating with schools and Western Alzheimers to arrange presentations and class photographs, designing the calendar and handling distribution and selling of final product. Working with Western Alzheimers, the volunteers will be working in a fast paced environment gaining experience in many areas. See the job spec for more information. CLOSING DATE: 12PM Thursday 21st AUGUST 2014 START DATE: immediately. If you are interested in applying for the role or have any questions please email your CV and past reference(s) and any questions to admin@yannstudios.com

ALIVE are recruiting Interns for 2014/15

ALIVE are looking for energetic and enthusiastic interns for 2014/15.

The ALIVE office is a busy, dynamic office that provides support to students and staff who want to volunteer on or off campus.The internship will include the following:Working 3 hours each week for 11 weeks in semester 1 and in semester 2 (please factor in your course work, especially semester 2, if you are interested in applying)You will work out of the ALIVE Office, The Hub, Áras na MacLéinnYou will be involved in:

- Organising and assisting the ALIVE team in the First year Orientation Programme
- Assisting in the organisation and running of the ALIVE Volunteering Fair on 24th September 2014 and the mini volunteer fair in January 2015
- Updating the ALIVE website and all social media
- Giving presentations about the ALIVE programme and manning the ALIVE stand at University open days etc, also booking and manning pop-up stands on the concourse through the term
- Liaising and assisting our community partners
- Involvement with national fundraising campaigns such as Daffodil day and the Gorta merchandise appeal here on campus
- Writing articles for the Student Newspaper SIN about volunteering
- Advertising and promoting volunteering among your peers
- Assisting students, staff and the public at the ALIVE counter (open Monday to Thursday 2pm until 5pm)
- Organising and assisting the ALIVE team with the ALIVE Certificate Award ceremony in March 2015
- Sundry other tasks and duties as outlined by the Student Volunteer Co-ordinator

If you are interest in joining our team for 2014/15 please complete this application form and submit before Friday 15th August, 2014.

Galway City Harriers need race day Marshalls for Streets of Galway 8K Race

Date: 9th August Time: 5.30pmVenue: South Park

The Galway City Harriers Organising Committee of the Streets of Galway 8K Race, which will be run at 7 p.m. on August 9th this year, need volunteer race Marshalls. This year marks the 29th running of this very popular event and we once again expect that around 2,500 runners will take to the streets of Galway to run the 8K route and to experience Galway in a unique way. As you might guess running a race through city streets involves considerable logistical challenges and we rely heavily on volunteers to marshall the many junctions that the route takes and to ensure that the race is run smoothly and safely.We urgently need race marshalls and we would be extremely grateful if you could help us in this respect. There will be a mandatory briefing by the Gardai for all marshalls at race headquarters in South Park at 5.30 on August 9th following which all of the marshalls will be transported by bus to the junction to which they have been allocated. We expect all of the runners to have completed the route in around 90 minutes so your commitment as regards time would be about 3 hours.If you are able to help, please contact me at brendan.kennelly@nuigalway.ie or at 087 7975450.

Western Alzheimers in association with Yann Studios Opportunity

Galway's longest running photography studio Yann Studios Photography is looking for a volunteer Project Manager to work with them in conjunction with Western Alzheimers.

They are looking for a volunteer to design and distribute a 2015 calendar with them on behalf of Western Alzheimers. The volunteer will be involved in the initial stages of the project right through until completion including coordinating with schools and Western Alzheimers to arrange presentations and class photographs, designing the calendar and handling distribution and selling of final product. Working with Western Alzheimers, the volunteer will be working in a fast paced environment gaining experience in many areas.See the job spec for more information. CLOSING DATE: 12PM FRIDAY 15th AUGUST 2014 START DATE: THURSDAY 21ST AUGUST 2014If you are interested in applying for the role or have any questions please email your CV and past reference(s) and any questions to admin@yannstudios.com

ALIVE is!

A look back at our ALIVE year 2013/14, ALIVE is!

Disability Federation of Ireland Internship

Disability Federation of Ireland are currently recruiting for a volunteer intern pleaseclick here for further details.

Gorta Merchandise Appeal

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Gorta Merchandise Appeal, there was a great response, especially from overseas students who were returning home. Well done to all!

Pre-departure training 12th May, 2014

A very successful pre-departure training took place on 12th May for students going abroad for the summer to third world countries.

Roisin Boyle from Comhlámh gave a very interesting session on culture and what to expect when working and living in a different country and in a very different environment. Some useful links below:Comhlámh's volunteer charterGuidelines on the use of social media in volunteeringDochas code of conduct on images and messagesInformation on the countries you are visiting -http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/countries.html
Joe Cully from Eurocheck, gave a very 'eye opening' session on Security and Personal Safety while abroad.Some useful links:Before you go: - https://www.dfa.ie/travel/know-before-you-go/Visas: - https://www.dfa.ie/travel/visas/Calling TreeGrab BagInformation on areas that you will be working in:Sub-saharan Africa: - https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/sub-saharan-africa/North and Central America: - https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/north-and-central-america/Asia: - https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/asia-and-oceania/Embassies: - Irish Embassies abroad

Information on how to apply for the ALIVE Certificate

See the following links that will help you in filling our your ALIVE Certificate application for 2014

ALIVE Certificate FAQ's
ALIVE Certificate application process
Timetable of workshops for February 2014 on 'How to fill out your Application'DEADLINE FOR ALIVE CERTIFICATE APPLICATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED until 18th March, 1pm and for Societies until 20th March, 1pm.

Why Should you Volunteer?

Five awesome reasons to volunteer by Megan Reilly, ALIVE Intern 2013/14 as published in Volume 15, Issue 4 of the Sin Student Newspaper.

Arts Ball Competition

Exciting new competition on our Facebook page to win two afters tickets to the Arts Ball!

Arts BallOur friends at Cumann Staire have kindly sponsored our new competition to win two afters tickets for the NUI Galway Arts Ball which will take place on 12 February in the Salthill Hotel. With big acts confirmed and entertainment spread across several rooms on the night, this is guaranteed to be a date for your calendar. And luckily you have the chance to win two tickets over on our Facebook page! Simply like and share the post by clicking here and we will be announcing the winner on Wednesday 29 January - best of luck!

Calling all Shannon College & St. Angela's College Students!

Now students in Sligo and Shannon are recognised for their outstanding commitment to volunteering.

Dr. Anne Taheny, President St. Angela's College Sligo with Dr. James J. Brown, President NUI Galway are delighted to reward and celebrate St. Angela's College students with a jointly accredited Award of Volunteering, the ALIVE Certificate. Phillip Smyth, Director Shannon College of Hotel Management with Dr. James J. Brown, President NUI Galway are delighted to reward and celebrate Shannon College students with a jointly accredited Award of Volunteering, the ALIVE Certificate.

The ALIVE Certificate is awarded to successful applicants in recognition of their voluntary contribution to community, on and off campus. St. Angela's College Sligo students and Shannon College students complete a reflective record of their volunteering experience at the end of the academic year to qualify for an ALIVE Certificate. Over 7000 students have been awarded the ALIVE Certificate which acknowledges their contribution to volunteering and is awarded in a special annual ceremony. Created by NUI Galway, this Presidential acknowledgement is the first of its kind in Ireland. Your application is reviewed by a panel of student volunteers, community members and College staff. Apply today and avail of this distinctive opportunity to add to your personal and professional development

Volunteering Week 23rd September - 27th September

Volunteer Week is your chance to meet and mingle through the variety of volunteer opportunities offered to NUI Galway students both on and off campus. The week kick starts with information stands about volunteering, followed by the Volunteering Fair and leading to a one-day biltz of volunteering in the community on a specfic project.


Monday - Discover Volunteering! Visit the ALIVE office in its new location on campus in the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn to find out all about volunteering. Visitors get a free gift today!

Tuesday- Taste Volunteering Today! NUI Galway students can volunteer in the community today. Interested in volunteering but don't know where to start? Want to have fun and meet new people? ALIVE has the perfect solution! Why not take part in a group volunteering project for NUI Galway's Volunteering Week?

Wednesday - NUI Galway Volunteering Fair! Attend the NUI Galway Volunteering Fair welcoming 80 community based organisations offering local, national and international opportunities. The Fair runs from 1:00 to 5:00 in Aras na Mac Leinn, all are welcome to attend.

Thursday - Volunteer Recognition Day! Nominate a volunteer today for Ireland's National Award for Volunteers or log your volunteering for NUI Galway's Presidential Award for Volunteering, the ALIVE Certificate here.

Friday - Celebrate! Join in the Sea2Sky Festival and volunteer!

ALIVE makes 10th Birthday wish!

NUI Galway celebrates 10 years of Student Volunteering through the ALIVE Volunteer Programme with 7,000 students haveing participated in the programme.


A significant milestone in volunteering in Ireland has been reached in March 2013. NUI Galway's student volunteering programme celebrates ten years of promoting civic engagement at third-level. The ALIVE programme was the first of its kind in Ireland and its success has been emulated by other third-level institutes across the country.

RTE Morning Ireland Feature

Pat McGrath, RTÉ's Western Correspondent attended our tenth birthday celebrations at NUI Galway.ALIVE - A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience - was established by the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) at NUI Galway to harness, acknowledge and support the contribution the University students make to Galway by volunteering. Collectively 6,000 NUI Galway students have given 240,000 hours of voluntary activity over ten years with a contribution to the local economy to be estimated at a €2 million.

In addition, students have directly raised over €2 million for a range of charitable causes and community organisations. Tony Griffin, GAA All-Star, author, and founder of Soar Foundation will be guest speaker at anniversary Certificate Ceremony, on Wednesday, 27 March at NUI Galway. Tony will discuss his inspiring journey across Canada on a bike which raised €1 million for cancer research and the building of self-esteem and confidence programmes in schools across Ireland. Galway City Mayor Councillor, Terry O' Flaherty, will also attend the ceremony to acknowledge this year's student volunteers and commemorate the tenth anniversary, which celebrates 6,000 student recipients of the award.

In 2012-2013 alone, 1,000 students volunteered with Ballinfoyle Youth Development Project, Brothers of Charity, Galway Simon Community, Belarussian Orphanage Project, School Completion Programme Eastside and Music for Galway to mention a few. Students also made valuable contributions to enhancing their fellow student's experiences though peer mentoring, sporting, cultural and artistic programmes through student led clubs and societies.

NUI Galway President, Dr Jim Browne, said: "The ALIVE programme has been an innovative force in Irish higher education and has been emulated by a range of educational institutions." Lorraine Tansey, ALIVE Volunteer Programme Coordinator said: "Our community partners co-educate our students who seek to volunteer to gain experience and learn new skills while gaining confidence in the vital role they play as citizens with something to give back to society."

European Year of Volunteering
www.wevolunteer.ie

To celebrate the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and to recognise the tremendous contribution which student volunteers make to the lives of their communities, third level institutions from across the island of Ireland have come together to develop www.wevolunteer.ie a mobile and virtual photographic exhibition ofstudent volunteering.

The extent and diversity of student volunteering is phenomenal. This exhibition showcases the work of students from over twenty Higher Education Institutions across Ireland with diverse organisations and activities. "We Volunteer!" is sponsored by Campus Engage, the national network for the promotion of civic engagement in Irish higher education.

Student volunteers are welcome to post up their volunteering story at www.wevolunteer.ie building further acknowledgment of the value which student volunteers bring to their communities and inspire others to take up the challenge during the European Year of Volunteering 2011. Add your volunteer story today and help reach the target of 365 student volunteer stories - one story a day for EYV 2011!

Emma's Volunteering Story

As a final year student studying Commerce Emma has quite a hectic schedule. Yet she manages to give up much of her free time to the Irish Guide Dogs in Galway.

EmmaEmma has volunteered with the Irish Guide Dogs for a number of years. This charity is one that is close to her heart. This passion was influenced by her Grandfather's involvement as Chairperson of the Galway branch. Emma's role with the charity includes managing the Facebook page and fundraising around Galway which includes raffles, quizzes, selling calendars and cards at Christmas.Emma says "anything that's on I will always help out." Emma says that the positives of volunteering are getting to help people all the time especially the blind which the guide dog is essential in their daily lives and children with Autism who the Irish Guide Dogs provide assistance dogs too.
Emma adds that if "it's something that you are passionate about giving up some of your time doesn't matter because you are enjoying it so much". She said she would definitely recommend volunteering to anyone. She added "pick a charity that means something to you, something you have passion for."

Sean's Volunteering Story

Sean Mc Hugh is a second year student studying Astrophysics. He volunteers with the Civil Defence and Order of Malta on a regular basis.


Case StudyHe has been involved with both organisations for a number of years. He is an expert at First Aid and has trained as an "Emergency First Responder". Sean attends local events while on duty. Every week events are different and varied. These include show-jumping, cross-country racing and football matches to name but a few.Sean said there are multiple positives to volunteering. He enjoys meeting new people at the various events and training programmes. He said "there is great satisfaction from helping people on what could be the worst day of their lives". He added some days are more "challenging than others". Sometimes he said "it's hard to see what people do to each other and themselves." He added that some situations can be difficult especially those that involve alcohol and drugs. They cause a lot of problems, especially at music festivals.Sean said he would encourage others to volunteer. He said that "the current economic climate means there are many unemployed and that this is a great way to up-skill." He said its "enjoyable to give something back to the community." You get to meet loads of new people and build up friendships with the "crew". He said it will help him in his future career as most employers have Health and Safety Guidelines to follow and he will be fully qualified as a First-Aider. Sean finished his interview with some advice "make sure you find something you are interested in and something you have a passion for." He said a great way to find out what suit you is to try the "once off" volunteering to get a feel forwhat works for you.

Patrick's Volunteering Story

Patrick Clancy is a 2nd year student of the BA in Maths and Economics. Outside of his studies, Patrick is also involved in society work with Cumann de Barra and is a volunteer with the ISPCC, working with Childline.

Case StudyPatrick has been involved with fundraising for the ISPCC for some time, including organising mini car washes for their telethons and helping out with their ‘Cheerios' events.He says that it was simply ‘by fluke' that he became involved with Childline after seeing the opportunity advertised in an ALIVE email. Patrick received all his training in April of this year and since returning to Galway in September, has been a basic volunteer, helping out with taking calls from children.Patrick says that it is the ethos of listening that he loves about the organisation and the work that he does. He receives great personal satisfaction from being part of a team that allows children to feel listened to and like they have another outlet - they feel empowered. He also enjoys the great sense of comradery that exists within the group of volunteers he works with, and he has made many good friends as a result."There are very few negatives with Childline... testament to their work, I cannot think of any now", says Patrick. He would strongly recommend this volunteering role to others, but cautions that not everyone may be in a position to commit the required number of hours.

Tanzanian Village Renewal

Five graduates of NUI Galway who have been teaching in Suji Malindi Secondary School, Tanzania for the past twelve months have just returned home after a very successful time in the school.

The CKI supported the recruitment and placement of the students for this internship with the Tanzanian Village Renewal Charity. Visit the Charity Blog to read and share.

Volvo Ocean Race


What did volunteers do? There were many exciting on-water and on-shore opportunities available to Volunteers during the Galway Stopover, where people were assigned to information points, the media centre, race management, spectator services, and many other exciting events that took place throughout the race village. There was also a schools programme so volunteers helped give tours of the Race village to primary school children.

Volvo is a premier world-wide sporting event, which involves volunteers on many different levels (so you don't need to be sporty!). The Volvo Ocean Race is the world's premier yacht race for professional racing crews. The 11th running of this ocean marathon series since it began life in 1973 as the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race and is one of the world's toughest sporting events. 650,000 people visited the Race Village during the Galway stopover in the first edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. 10,000 people lined the harbour walls to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race fleet into Ireland, culminating in record crowds of almost 200,000 for the In Port and Pro Am Race. The Grand Finale enthralled the city of Galway again in 2012.Volunteers were key to the success of the Galway closing event and were the ‘face' of the event to visitors at the Race Village. Prominent throughout, they were the central point of information and ensured the village was friendly, safe and accessible for all. Volunteers were integral to the positive impact of the event which placed Galway and Ireland centre stage to a two billion global audience. Volunteers experienced an international sporting event first-hand, developed new skills and, most importantly had fun!