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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

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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    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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  • Welcome to VSO
    Information Talk
  • WHAT IS VSO?
    VSO, Voluntary Service Overseas, is an international development charity that works through volunteers
  • WHERE VSO WORKS
    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.
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  • WHERE VSO RECRUITS & FUNDRAISE?
    Countries VSO recruit & fundraise in – Ireland, UK, The Nederlands, Canada, Kenya,India & The Philippines
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  • HOW DOES VSO WORK?
    Focuses on 6 areas:
    • HIV & AIDS
    • Education
    • Secure Livelihoods
    • Health
    • Participation & Governance
    • Disability
  • IS VOLUNTEERING FOR YOU?
    Skills wanted:
    • Teachers
    • School Principals
    • Nurses, Midwives, Doctors & Physios
    • Community Development
    • Business Professionals
    • Marketing Communications
  • IS VOLUNTEERING FOR YOU?
    You need:
    • Degree
    • 3-5 years experience
    • Organisational development / training experience
    • Experience of creating strategies & budget management
  • WHAT MAKES A VSO VOLUNTEER?
    • Sense of Humour
    • Patience
    • Flexibility / Adaptability
    • Sensitivity
    • Commitment
    • Team Worker
    • Good Communicator
  • PLACEMENTS AVAILABLE…
    Long term placements:
    Live/work overseas for 1-2 years
    At least 3 years professional experience
    Short term placements:
    Available at short notice
    Normally 10 yearsexperience required
    Can provide advice atsenior business level
  • VOLUNTEER PACKAGE
    • Local wage
    • Return flights
    • Accommodation
    • VSO Medical Insurance
    • Visa & work permits
    • Time off
    • Training Sessions
    • Ongoing support
  • VSO Volunteer – Maria RaffertyEnglish Language CoordinatorEthiopia 2007 - 2010
  • Maria’s Workplace
  • Local School Maria Visits
  • Local School in Rural Area
  • Maria’s Accommodation
  • Cooking Facilities
  • Neighbours
  • Teacher Training
  • Returned Volunteer
    Returned volunteer talk
  • Volunteer Journey
    Application to Departure…
    Application Received
    Assessment Day:
    • Group task
    • Group discussion
    • 1 to 1 interview
    Placement Discussion:You are assigned a personal Volunteer Placement Adviser
    Pre-Departure TrainingHealth and Security, work focussed training, preparing for change, development issues
    Matched to Placement
    Departure!
  • Volunteer Journey
    Arrival in-country to return to Ireland
    In-Country Training2 weeks – 3 months
    • Language, culture, current political & social issues
    • Context of programme and placement
    • Practical orientation and support
    • Health, safety and security
    Placement
    Returned Volunteer Support
    • De-briefing
    • Resettlement pack
    • Careers advice
    • RV weekend
    • VSO Dublin RV Group
  • WHY CHOOSE VSO?
    • Our experience
    • Career development
    • Self fulfilment
    • It’s fun!
  • NEXT STEPS…
    Complete application form or apply online at www.vso.ie
    Contact VSO returned localgroup. Ask staff for details
    Speak to staff member or Returned Volunteer
    Contact us on 01 6401060 or info@vso.ie
  • Questions?