Volunteering in Ireland is a great way to give back, while creating rewarding personal memories at the same time. As you will see in our listings below, there are plenty of excellent opportunities for you to give back as a volunteer in Ireland. Filling your passport with the stamp of the Republic of Ireland is a worthy (and fun!) endeavor, but giving back as a volunteer in Ireland is truly something to be proud of.

If you're looking for an excuse to travel abroad to Ireland, volunteering is a rewarding and relatively inexpensive way to indulge in all the Emerald Isle has to offer. With or without an Irish heritage, volunteers will quickly feel compelled by the rolling green hills, ocean-side cliffs and medieval castles dotting the countryside.

Animal Welfare

Animals, especially horses, are an important part of Ireland’s history and culture. Be a positive influence on that culture by volunteering at an animal shelter or offer your expertise at horse training camps.

Environmental Conservation

The Irish landscape is steeped in history that crumbles a little more each year. Help keep Ireland’s rich heritage alive by restoring historical homes and estates. Jobs include renovation, reconstruction and gardening.

Special Needs

As in many places around the world, kind, caring people with good interpersonal skills are needed for important social work. Volunteer with adults with physical and mental disabilities in homes in the city or in the countryside. Duties include supporting adults in daily activities and teaching classes and workshops.

Assisting the Homeless

In Dublin alone, there are nearly 3,000 homeless people, a statistic that includes families with children under 18. The homeless need not be hopeless. Lend a hand by working in emergency centers, transition homes and housing projects.

At Risk Youth and Children’s Projects

A great way to experience Ireland is by learning about the culture through education. Have fun while teaching and learning and preserving the culture of Ireland one child at a time. Work with local youth at summer camps focused on building community through theatre, art and other creative projects.

Volunteering Tips

Ireland has an unemployment rate of about 14.4% and about 5.5% of the population lives below the poverty line. The country is, however, thriving in culture and has been building its economy every year since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008.

If you are looking to save money while volunteering, try to find a program that provides free room and board so as to have money to travel and eat during time off. Clever travelers can get by on about 50 euros a day, including a stay in a hostel and food.

Travelers visiting Ireland from the US need a valid passport, but do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. It is a good idea to exchange your US cash for Euros before arriving in Ireland as many Irish financial institutions have stopped accepting or cashing travelers checks. Credit cards are widely accepted, but debit cards from US banks will not always be accepted at ATMs and other locations. And remember, look right first when crossing the street because in Ireland cars travel on the left side of the road.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in Ireland

Ireland is a very safe country for volunteers. No vaccines are required and no visa is necessary for stays up to three months. The official language is English and Ireland is part of the European Union, so the main currency used is Euros. Ireland is not the cheapest country in which to volunteer.

Ireland is located in a temperate climate with mild winters and cool summers. It is often humid and is overcast about half of the time.

Contributed by Leah Weisman

Volunteer Programs in Ireland

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Angloville
Volunteer in Europe: Become a Language Mentor and Discover Europe for Free
Multiple Countries
9.11 •185 reviews

Help Europeans improve their English by being a conversation partner...

Angloville
Volunteer and Immerse Yourself in Irish Culture
Ireland
8.5 •2 reviews

Angloville is the perfect place to be if you enjoy meeting new people...

World Unite!
World Unite! Internships, Working Holidays & Volunteering in Ireland
Ireland
10 •1 review

Lively cities and impressive natural landscapes, dramatic coastal...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Service-Learning in Galway, Ireland
Ireland

Steeped in history, present-day Galway combines its rich cultural...

Mary Immaculate College
Servant Leadership at Mary Immaculate College
Ireland

Facilitated and hosted by MIC, students volunteer with not-for-profit...

Galway International Arts Festival
Volunteer with Galway International Arts Festival
Ireland

GIAF depends hugely on our dedicated volunteers to help transform...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Service-Learning in Limerick, Ireland
Ireland

As Ireland's third-largest city, Limerick is alive with excitement and...

L'Arche Cork
Live-In Volunteer House Assistants at L'Arche Cork
Ireland

L’Arche Cork are looking for live-in volunteer assistants to join...

Caring and Sharing Association Break Houses
Volunteer with the Disabled in Ireland
Ireland

Volunteers will befriend people with disabilities during a wide range...

Camphill Community Grangemockler
Volunteer with special needs patients in Ireland
Ireland

In our community we work together to create an environment that...

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS)
Volunteer in Ireland with Brethren Volunteer Service
Multiple Countries

L'Arche invites Assistants to come and share life with people with...

What People Are Saying

Native speakers who participate in the Angloville programmes are given lots of constant and valuable support throughout, and this means that all their efforts can be directed towards making the week...

View from Slovakia hotel bedroom window, on Angloville programme, March 2020

Really enjoyed my 4 weeks of Angloville. The juniors were really nice and easy to work with and the fellow native speakers were a lot of fun, made some really great friends doing this programme and...

1st junior programme

Sarah and Kos are amazing! They are lovely and funny people. They showed my around the area and included me in family activities all the time! The horses are amazing and Sarah’s riding skills are...

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