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We at EIL believe that everyone has the right to be an active citizen and that volunteering has an extremely valuable role to play in our society.
We invite volunteers throughout the island of Ireland and beyond to join us on our journey. We welcome anyone who supports our mission and abides by our ethos to contribute in a meaningful way to our work.
"To provide intercultural learning experiences which enrich lives, promote understanding of other cultures and challenge individuals to be more globally aware and responsible."
We are currently working on expanding our engagement with volunteers and creating more volunteer opportunities across the organisation. At the same time, we are working on improving our volunteer relationship and have taken the first steps to roll out our Volunteer Strategy and Policy.
If you decide that you would like to get involved in EIL Ireland but you are not sure exactly what you would like to do, then think about WHY you want to volunteer. This can be a useful way of helping you to focus on the sort of role you want to undertake.
The following questions should help you to focus on what you would like to do and the time you have to offer:
As a volunteer you are offering your valuable time, energy and skills to EIL Ireland. Here are a few basic conditions you can expect to be meet:
We endeavor to give to you a clear idea of what you will be doing before you begin your volunteering role. This comes in the form of a role description and a discussion with our volunteer co-ordinator. We meet with or interview potential volunteers before they begin their role. This meeting will usually be an informal two-way ‘interview’ or chat. We will be trying to find out if you will fit in with EIL and a specific role. Feel free to ask questions and find out whether EIL or a particular role is what you imagined it to be, and whether you really want to be involved with it. Any questions that you may have about your role description could be asked at this stage.
Some of the questions that you might ask: • What exactly will I be doing? • Is there anything that I will not be allowed to do? • How many hours will I be expected to commit myself to and when will these hours be? • Will I be working alongside lots of other people or mostly on my own? • Are there any particular skills volunteers are expected to have? • How soon will I be able to start?
You will recieve an induction or introduction to EIL Ireland and to the activity/role you will be doing. You will get any training you need to be able to handle the tasks expected of you before you start volunteering from the department involved (e.g Study Abroad, Volunteer Abroad etc). In additional, you may be offered further or ongoing training to develop your skills. You will not be put in a situation where you do not feel you have the skills or experience to cope. Training includes internal workshops or briefings from staff or experienced volunteers, and/or attending external training with outside agencies. If you want to develop new skills and gain volunteering experience, both internal and external training would be a of benefit :)
There should be a named person who is responsible for you while you are in a particular role, and you will have access to that person to discuss how things are going, whether by phone, email or in person. Also the volunteer co-ordinator is available for any general support or concerns. This team will ensure that, as a volunteer, you are given adequate support. If you are unclear about any aspect of your role at any stage, you should clarify it with us as soon as possible. Ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel comfortable in your role.
Volunteers are not paid for the hours they give to EIL; volunteering is something you do for free. However, you should not find yourself out-of-pocket for the role you do. You can reasonably expect to be repaid for the cost of travelling from your home (public transport ideally) to the place where you are volunteering. If you are volunteering over lunchtime, EIL will provide lunch or pay for you to buy a sandwich/coffee. All expense require receipts for reimbursement.
This should be something you enjoy doing! Over time with an organisation, you will be able to develop your skills and your role so that you remain interested. If you find that you are not enjoying what you do then ask yourself why this is the case. For example, you might feel that it is time to try out a different role. Perhaps it is that you are not happy with the way you are being treated by other volunteers, paid staff or the organisation itself. Perhaps what you are doing is not what you expected or wanted. Whatever the reason, you should feel able to discuss your concerns in the first instance with the volunteer co-ordintor. Sometimes people try a number of different sorts of volunteering before they find the thing they really want to do or are good at!
Be punctual & committed
Be reliable and give EIL sufficient warning if unable to attend
Adhere to the volunteer role description provided
Attend essential training and support sessions
Undertake the work to a high standard
Be honest and communicate concerns if issues or difficulties arise
Exercise duty of care to themselves, other participants and EIL and work to an appropriate code of conduct respecting confidentiality, safety and privacy issues
Be professional and conduct themselves professionally as an ambassador of EIL
We recognise that every volunteer is different and has a unique contribution to make. We strive to make available many different volunteering opportunities at all levels and within all functions of our organisation. We understand fully that some of our volunteers may only be able to give small amounts of time. For those who wish to get more engaged and remain involved for longer, we intend to make sure that there is ample scope for learning, progression and social connection.
We know that when volunteers and paid staff work together, the results can be so much stronger than when they work alone or apart. However, we also acknowledge that working as a volunteer-staff team can be challenging. We aim to support both volunteers and staff members to work well together.
We will ensure that we plan effectively for volunteer involvement. We aspire to implement good systems for the recruitment, selection, training, supervision and support of our volunteers and deal swiftly with any problems that may arise. We will monitor our progress and regularly evaluate what we have achieved to see where we can make improvements.
Getting all of this right will take time. We do not claim to be there yet, but we will do all that we can, within our resource constraints, to make volunteering with EIL as positive an experience as possible.