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This year’s Irish Aid Volunteering Fair will take place at the Printworks in Dublin Castle, from 11.00am – 5.00pm on Saturday 01 October 2016.

35 volunteer sending agencies and other organisations will have stands to showcase their overseas projects and answer your questions about the realities of volunteering and development work.

There will be interactive and participatory workshops, a panel discussion and a number of experienced staff and returned volunteers to talk you through your volunteering options.

The panel incudes:
Agnes Kipalo
Orignally from Tanzania, Agnes has extensive volunteering experience both in Ireland and overseas. She volunteered in Morogoro in Tanzania last year as a team leader for the UCD (Volunteering Overseas) project, and is currently involved in the DINIT programme. Agnes is has 30 years of experience in the development field with both national and international development organisaitons, and has been worked with the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice steering group. Agnes is one of a growing number of diaspora volunteers who is currently resident in Ireland but returned to her country of origin for participate in structured development projects. Her Master’s thesis is entitled “Stakeholders Participating in Water Resources Management and Development: a case study of NELSAP Rwanda” (2012), and she has published several development and education related articles.

Michelle Hesso
Originally from India, Michelle Hesso has a wide variety of volunteering experiences. She has volunteered in Mumbai, New Delhi and more recently, as a team leader for UCDVO on their Northeast India project (2015- 2016). She has a great deal of development experience including a position with the UNDP and currently works with the Erasmus programme at UCD. Michelle is one of a growing number of diaspora volunteers, who is currently a resident in Ireland, but had returned to her country of origin to participate in structured volunteering projects. Her Masters thesis is entitled “Women in Underground Movement: A Case Study of the NSCN (IM)” (2015), and she has published several development related articles.

Alex Dunne
Alex is a returned Irish Human Rights Monitor and Ecumenical Accompanier (EA) with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). Serving two terms, Alex monitored Palestinians access to to movement, land, livelihood and education in the occupied West Bank and has worked with both local Israeli and Palestinian peace-groups towards an end to Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and a just peace for all. With a background in communications, journalism and public affairs, Alex now works on the programmes Communications in Ireland.

Marie Moreau
Primary school teacher Marie Moreau recently returned from a volunteering placement with VSO Ireland in Karamoja, Uganda. As part of this Irish Aid funded programme, Marie’s role was to support the school inspection process in the Moroto and Kotido districts. She ran workshops for local inspectors and centre tutors that addressed gaps in the inspection process and recommended changes to improve education in the area. Prior to her experience with VSO Ireland, Marie was already involved in international development work, having taught in two secondary schools and in a teacher training college in Lesotho, Southern Africa. She has also delivered workshops on interculturalism and equality at Trinity College Dublin and as part of the CDVEC International Seminar on ESOL for Asylum Seekers.

Áine Lynch
With volunteering experience in South America and Central Asia, Áine has undertaken a number of long term assignments overseas. Most recently from 2013-2014, Áine spent one year as a United Nations Volunteer with UNICEF in Lao PDR as part of the Irish Aid funded programme. She worked in the Health and Nutrition section communicating and conducting research on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and nutrition related issues as they relate to maternal and child health. Having returned from Lao PDR in 2015, she is now working in Comhlámh which is the Association of Development Workers and Volunteers in Ireland on a project for volunteering in humanitarian action.

Two workshops:

Volunteer self-care: with Sarah Bird.
Working in a difficult environment has an impact on our well-being. How we manage ourselves in times of stress is fundamental to our health and ability to perform effectively. This one hour long interactive session is aimed at giving you an overview of the impacts of pressure and stress on yourself and those around you. You will learn at least one effective tool for managing yourself when under pressure and how to breath to relax both your body and mind.

Fundraising tips for volunteers: with Simon Scriver
More and more frequently volunteers are requested to raise funds before they travel on behalf of their volunteer sending agency, and this can be daunting, intimidating and grim! This 90 minute workshop will take you through some tips for fundraising and equip you with some fresh ideas and new impetus to raise your target amount before you travel.

Come along if you would like to volunteer outside of Ireland, or if you’re simply curious.

The Facebook event can be found here: 


For more information email ruth@comhlamh.org or telephone: 01 478 3490


Full caption for photograph: VSO Ireland education volunteer Maria Casey from Co. Kerry with VSO staff members Amina Abdirashid and Jean Molly Ameru and VSO volunteer Farai Kaitano at Kasimeri Primary School in Moroto, Uganda.


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