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ACARA Action Projects

ACARA Action Projects was established to build and facilitate the construction of Schools, Medical Posts and Safe Houses for orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho, Southern Africa.

Lesotho is an independent country totally landlocked by South Africa and is one of the 6 poorest African Countries. With a population of 2.3 million, there are over 180,000 orphans in Lesotho - the average life expectancy is 38 years. Our aim is to help build a better future for the children of Lesotho.

Website: www.acara.ie/lesotho


Chernobyl Children International

Chernobyl Children International develops, facilitates and affects long-term sustainable community, building, medical and humanitarian projects to assist the victims and survivors of Chernobyl, the world's worst nuclear disaster.

Website: www.chernobyl-international.com



Comhlámh's Volunteering Options & Development Workers Programme promotes responsible, responsive volunteering for global development. We monitor and support the implementation of the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice among over 30 Irish Volunteer Sending Organisations. In addition, we provide comprehensive information, training and support to volunteers and development workers before their overseas placements and when they return home.

Comhlámh, the Irish Association of Development Workers, is a dynamic membership organisation working together with volunteers, development workers and activists. Marking our 35th year in 2010, we are committed to advocating for a just and equitable world, setting standards and promoting good practice. Through awareness raising, research, education and training we empower individuals to take effective action to address global inequality.


Website: www.comhlamh.org


Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit housing organisation that aims to eliminate poverty housing by building simple, decent, affordable homes and by making decent housing a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity doesn't build houses for people; it builds with them, working together with homeowners and volunteers to construct, renovate and refurbish homes, using donations of money, land and materials. Once completed, houses are sold to partner families at no profit, providing a hand up, rather than a hand out. Habitat for Humanity now works in nearly 100 countries and has built more than 350,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1,750,000 people in more than 3,000 communities with simple, decent, affordable homes.

Website: www.habitatireland.ie



"Haven is an Irish nongovernmental organisation (NGO) working to build sustainable communities, through the provision of housing, and emergency relief and by implementing community development programmes in Haiti. By training, up-skilling and employing local Haitian people throughout the year, Haven is creating jobs and encouraging local trade and industry. Schools, playgrounds, and community buildings are key elements of Haven's community building projects.

Our shelter programmes run throughout the year. However twice a year, in April and October, Haven's Haitian workforce is joined on site by a team of volunteers who take part in an intensive Build it Week. While in Haiti, volunteers live and work on the building site in extremely basic conditions. Since the earthquake hit Haiti's capital city, Port au Prince, on January 12th, 2010, Haven has been working in affected areas providing emergency relief to those most in need."

Website: www.havenpartnership.org


Irish Aid

Irish Aid is the Government of Ireland's programme of assistance to developing countries. It is a division of the Department of Foreign Affairs. For further information, visit www.irishaid.gov.ie.

Irish Aid is hosting an Overseas Volunteering Fair in the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upper O'Connell St., Dublin 1 on Saturday 18th September. The Volunteering Fair will run from 11am to 4pm including information stands from 24 long and short-term volunteering organisations with presentations by participating organisations every half hour. For further information, please see www.irishaid.gov.ie and www.irishaid.gov.ie/centre/


Plan Ireland

Plan Ireland was established in 2003 and is part of Plan International which was founded over 70 years ago in response to the needs of children affected by the Spanish Civil War.

It is an independent organisation with no religious, political or governmental affiliations and one of the oldest and largest international development agencies in the world. Plan is currently working in 48 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas directly supporting more than 1.5 million children and their families, and an estimated 9,000,000 others living in communities working with Plan.

Plan Ireland receives tremendous support from the Irish public almost 8,600 of whom sponsor children.

Website: www.plan.ie



For almost 40 years Irish development agency Trócaire has worked across Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East with some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.

The agency's work focuses on agriculture, livelihoods, HIV, skills training and human rights.

What makes Trócaire different is that Trócaire staff work in partnership with local organisations and communities around the world to improve the lives of impoverished families in an effective, impactful way.

Trócaire's work also tackles the causes of global poverty both in the countries it works and at national and international level here in Ireland.

Website: www.trocaire.org



Now in its 51st year of operation, USIT specialises Work, Teach & Volunteer programmes abroad for people of all ages. We have carefully selected projects from around the globe that we believe are not only making a huge difference to people's lives, communities and the environment but are ones our volunteers will truly be immersed in real life experiences and culture.

At USIT, our volunteer projects allow people to make a genuine and significant contribution to those less fortunate. We have projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America in areas such as teaching, child care, community development, environmental development, sports developments, construction as well as health and medical.

Website: www.usit.ie



The VMM is an international lay Christian organisation whose members share their lives, faith, resources and skills to promote equality, respect and dignity for all.

VMM recruit, orientate, place and support skilled personnel to work in areas of need with our partner organisations overseas.

Website: www.vmm.ie


Volunteer Centres Ireland

Volunteer Centres Ireland is the national Volunteer Centre. We are a representative body, support agency and membership organisation for a growing number of local Volunteer Centres in Ireland, currently 22. Local Volunteer Centres put people who want to volunteer in touch with community and voluntary or nonprofit organisations seeking volunteers, providing a host of supports to both volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations. To find your local volunteer centre or to browse through our opportunities nationally - check out www.volunteer.ie. Volunteer Centres Ireland also coordinates the National Day of Volunteering which takes place Friday the 1st of October.


Volunteering Ireland

Volunteering Ireland, the national volunteer development agency, is a peak body for all organisations involving volunteers in their work and a representative voice for volunteering in Ireland.

As an independent membership-based organisation, we work to inspire, promote, support and celebrate voluntary activity in Ireland and abroad. Our work includes: advocacy, research, promoting volunteering, organisation development and infrastructure development. Our members span all sectors of voluntary work from Amnesty International to GAA, Oxfam to Dublin Zoo.

Volunteering Ireland is currently organising the Ireland Involved Awards, which recognise outstanding volunteers from around Ireland (Nov 10th), and coordinating the Irish activities for European Year of Volunteering 2011.

Website: www.volunteeringireland.ie



VSO is the world's leading independent, international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.

Our high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all.

VSO recruits experienced professionals to work as volunteers overseas. Right now we are recruiting people from the areas of management, education, health, fundraising, IT.

VSO volunteers have a number of years professional experience and have an average age of 42. Volunteers live and work in a local community and have all their costs covered.

Website: www.vso.ie

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