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FULL-TIME VOLUNTEERING

Full-time volunteering in Galway Simon Community 

Every year, we take on a team of amazing people who volunteer with us on a full-time basis. Our full-time volunteers work alongside our staff and make a huge difference in our services through their contribution. In return for this, they learn valuable skills and experiences while building friends for life and memories that they never want to let go of.

Our full-time volunteers commit to 35 hours per week for a duration of 6-12 months and each of them are provided with:

  •         Accommodation
  •         Weekly Allowance
  •         Training and Development
Voluneer with Galway Simon

How to become a full-time volunteer:

All of our full-time volunteers are recruited by Cork Simon Community. If you are interested and would like to apply, you can fill in the online application form or email [email protected]. Remember, if you would like to volunteer for Galway Simon, you will need to pick this option on the application form.

ESC Volunteers

ESC (European Solidarity Corps) is an international volunteer programme, managed by Léargas, which funds people from European countries to volunteer in a non-profit organisation in another European country, usually for a period of 6 to 12 months.

Every year, we have people who volunteer on a full-time basis through the ESC programme. All costs, including the pre-departure training, travel and accommodation are paid for; ESC volunteers also receive a small monthly allowance as ‘pocket money’ during their placement.

Full-time volunteer FAQ’s

What kind of work will I be doing?

You will be working in our housing services alongside our qualified staff. Responsibilities you will have would include assisting with clients who live in our services, administration and general housekeeping.

What is the application process?

All of our applications are processed through Cork Simon Community, you can apply here. If your initial application is successful, you will be invited to participate in an interview. If you are accepted as a full-time volunteer, our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you to make arrangements and to provide you with further information.

What is the age limit for applying?

All of our volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Do I need any qualifications?

No, you do not need any qualifications, what matters is that you’re willing to come and develop your skills with us.

How much is the weekly allowance?

Each volunteer receives €125 a week for food and personal expenses which is lodged directly into your Irish bank account.

Am I allowed to take time off?

Yes, every volunteer is entitled to paid leave which is calculated based on the amount of time your placement is going to be. Because of the nature of the work, you may be required to work some public holidays. However, you will be given the same amount of hours to take off at a future date.

I am a non-EU citzen, can I still apply?

Yes, we welcome people from all around the world. We will help you with the volunteer Visa process once you arrive. It is important that you check the Visa requirements of your country when planning your placement. You can check these here. Please keep in mind that it’s the responsibility of the volunteer to have full medical coverage (health insurance) for the duration of their stay.

What is the age limit for ESC?

The ESC is open to young people between 18 and 30 years. For details please contact your National Agency or the SOS Volunteer Helpdesk.

How do I apply for an EVS placement with Galway Simon?

You will need to have a sending organisation in your own country

Where do I get contact details of the host organisations?

Contact details of potential host organisations are available in the European database of accredited ESC organisations. It is necessary to collaborate with a sending organisation for making contact with potential host organisations.

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