VSO Information Talk

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Find out about volunteering with VSO. If you missed our monthly talks you can see the presentation here. visit www.vso.ie

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  • great slides, great job VSO Ireland http://www.vso.ie/

    VSO UK also offer Information Evenings around the UK where you can hear what the volunteer abroad experience is like first hand from VSO staff and returned volunteers. Some Information Meetings are general and some are specific to people interested in sharing their skills in Education, Heath or Business & IT - see the Calendar of VSO UK Information Evenings here. http://www.vso.org.uk/events/volunteering-events.asp
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VSO Information Talk

  1. 1. Welcome to VSO<br />Information Talk<br />
  2. 2. WHAT IS VSO?<br />VSO, Voluntary Service Overseas, is an international development charity that works through volunteers<br />
  3. 3. WHERE VSO WORKS<br />Countries VSO works in 44 countries - Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Maldives, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Zambia. Now we operate in Latin America too.<br />
  4. 4. WHERE VSO RECRUITS & FUNDRAISE?<br />Countries VSO recruit & fundraise in – Ireland, UK, The Nederlands, Canada, Kenya,India & The Philippines<br />
  5. 5. HOW DOES VSO WORK?<br />Focuses on 6 areas:<br /><ul><li>HIV & AIDS
  6. 6. Education
  7. 7. Secure Livelihoods
  8. 8. Health
  9. 9. Participation & Governance
  10. 10. Disability</li></li></ul><li>IS VOLUNTEERING FOR YOU?<br />Skills wanted:<br /><ul><li>Teachers
  11. 11. School Principals
  12. 12. Nurses, Midwives, Doctors & Physios
  13. 13. Community Development
  14. 14. Business Professionals
  15. 15. Marketing Communications</li></li></ul><li>IS VOLUNTEERING FOR YOU?<br />You need:<br /><ul><li>Degree
  16. 16. 3-5 years experience
  17. 17. Organisational development / training experience
  18. 18. Experience of creating strategies & budget management</li></li></ul><li>WHAT MAKES A VSO VOLUNTEER?<br /><ul><li>Sense of Humour
  19. 19. Patience
  20. 20. Flexibility / Adaptability
  21. 21. Sensitivity
  22. 22. Commitment
  23. 23. Team Worker
  24. 24. Good Communicator</li></li></ul><li>PLACEMENTS AVAILABLE…<br />Long term placements:<br />Live/work overseas for 1-2 years<br />At least 3 years professional experience<br />Short term placements:<br />Available at short notice<br />Normally 10 yearsexperience required<br />Can provide advice atsenior business level<br />
  25. 25. VOLUNTEER PACKAGE<br /><ul><li>Local wage
  26. 26. Return flights
  27. 27. Accommodation
  28. 28. VSO Medical Insurance
  29. 29. Visa & work permits
  30. 30. Time off
  31. 31. Training Sessions
  32. 32. Ongoing support</li></li></ul><li>VSO Volunteer – Maria RaffertyEnglish Language CoordinatorEthiopia 2007 - 2010<br />
  33. 33. Maria’s Workplace<br />
  34. 34. Local School Maria Visits<br />
  35. 35. Local School in Rural Area<br />
  36. 36. Maria’s Accommodation<br />
  37. 37. Cooking Facilities<br />
  38. 38. Neighbours <br />
  39. 39. Teacher Training<br />
  40. 40. Returned Volunteer<br />Returned volunteer talk<br />
  41. 41. Volunteer Journey<br />Application to Departure…<br />Application Received<br />Assessment Day:<br /><ul><li>Group task
  42. 42. Group discussion
  43. 43. 1 to 1 interview</li></ul>Placement Discussion:You are assigned a personal Volunteer Placement Adviser<br />Pre-Departure TrainingHealth and Security, work focussed training, preparing for change, development issues<br />Matched to Placement<br />Departure!<br />
  44. 44. Volunteer Journey<br />Arrival in-country to return to Ireland<br />In-Country Training2 weeks – 3 months<br /><ul><li> Language, culture, current political & social issues
  45. 45. Context of programme and placement
  46. 46. Practical orientation and support
  47. 47. Health, safety and security</li></ul>Placement<br />Returned Volunteer Support<br /><ul><li>De-briefing
  48. 48. Resettlement pack
  49. 49. Careers advice
  50. 50. RV weekend
  51. 51. VSO Dublin RV Group</li></li></ul><li>WHY CHOOSE VSO?<br /><ul><li>Our experience
  52. 52. Career development
  53. 53. Self fulfilment
  54. 54. It’s fun!</li></li></ul><li>NEXT STEPS…<br />Complete application form or apply online at www.vso.ie<br />Contact VSO returned localgroup. Ask staff for details<br />Speak to staff member or Returned Volunteer<br />Contact us on 01 6401060 or info@vso.ie<br />
  55. 55. Questions?<br />

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