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
- Sports Coaching
- Child Protection
- Food Sciences
- Social Work
- Special Needs assistance
- Web Design (html)
At the moment we are also seeking the following skills:
- Violin teaching
- Bread-making (brown bread!)
- Clothes design
- Irish dance teaching
If you do not have skills in any of these areas but would still like to work as a volunteer, please write and tell us about your experience and explain how your skills would benefit HOPE’s work with street children.
A commitment to fundraise for The Hope Foundation’s projects and towards your living costs* while in Kolkata (Calcutta). Fundraising targets depend on your proposed length of stay.
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.