The HOPE Volunteer Placement Programme
Placements may be offered to volunteers who meet the following requirements:
Ideally you would have a qualification, skills and/or experience relevant to The Hope Foundation’s work, for example:
- Teaching – Primary School or Montessori
- Nursing: general & paediatric
- Sports Coaching
- Music, particularly violin
- Dance, particularly Irish dancing
- Cookery, particularly bread baking
- Special Needs assistance
- Clothes design, crafts
If you do not have skills in any of these areas but would still like to work as a volunteer, we do welcome all kinds of flexible volunteers who are willing to land a hand. On your Application Form (if you are going ahead please see below to request this form) you can tell us about your experience and explain how you think your skills could benefit HOPE’s work with street children.
A commitment to fundraise for The Hope Foundation’s projects. Fundraising targets depend on your proposed length of stay. Targets begin at €2,000 for a placement of up to 6 weeks. Full details are given on the Programme Application Form which you can apply for using the form at the bottom of the page.
Commitment to organise and fund your own travel arrangements, including:
- Travel Insurance
- Visa (with assistance from HOPE)
Self-motivated & Flexible
You need to be organised and have an ability to work on your own initiative. You also need to be flexible and prepared to turn your hand to different tasks as required. Applicants must be prepared to fill roles subject to current requirements on HOPE’s projects.
You need to get along well with people and have a positive, relaxed outlook. Volunteers work with lots of different HOPE staff and are involved in a range of work structures and environments.
You need to be realistic about what to expect in a culture that may be very different to your own and what you can expect to achieve during your placement.
Volunteers are asked to commit for a minimum of 3 months if possible. However, we will consider a shorter stay if places are available. The minimum commitment requested is 3 weeks.
Prospective volunteers are interviewed in either our Cork or Dublin office. We will assist you with your fundraising, placement preparation and provide orientation training.
*All HOPE volunteers are accommodated in Kolkata and there is a small living allowance for longer-term volunteers.