VSI April Bulletin
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Volunteer Now! 780 International Volunteer Projects in 60 countries
Are you interested in joining a volunteer project this summer? There are now over 780 short term projects available in 60 countries worldwide including -
Sri LankaAssisting in a project with young people with disabilities  
MexicoEnvironmental work with a sustainable community
Palestine: Helping with the olive harvest in the West Bank
Spain: Conservation work in a nature reserve
Uganda: Building a classroom onto a rural primary school in Uganda
Ireland: Helping with a community festival in Kilkenny
Poland: Maintenance and landscaping at a former concentration camp
Check them out on our Project Database
Call for Project Co-ordinators
Would you like to help out on VSI’s projects in Ireland this summer? 
We need Volunteer Project Coordinators for a number of our projects from June to August.  The role involves volunteering with the group and helping to organise them on a daily basis. You will get to know the international volunteers and the host organisation and develop your leadership skills. Volunteering experience is essential. You must be over 21 and have good communication and organisational skills.  Support is provided by VSI during the projects and a special Coordinator Training Course is planned for early May (see below). This is a volunteer role, there are no fees, your travel expenses within Ireland are covered and your food and accommodation are free. More details here

We also need people to visit our projects to meet the volunteer groups and the host at the beginning and at the end of projects. If you're interested but not sure you have the skills or experience, contact Helen in VSI or sign up for the training – More details 
Teenage Programme
Members of the Teenage Programme attended the National Youth Council of Ireland's event, "Young People, 2015 and Beyond" in February, where they explored the Sustainable Development Goals and the world they want from 2015 and beyond. The event was attended by policy makers, politicians, youth workers and young people and Gloria Ndaya, a member of the VSI programme spoke about the Dialogue for Change Project and VSI. You can see what she had to say at this link - The overall report is available here - The event was a positive contribution to young people's voices being heard on key 
'Wikipedia for Peace'
Volunteer in 'Wikipedia for Peace' project, Austria. 
We have one place left for an Irish Volunteer who can speak Irish / Gaelic.
SCI Austria are running an innovative and creative project on the topic of peace for Wikipedia. The project will take place in Vienna this August and volunteers will research and write articles for Wikipedia on the topic of peace .More details here.
50 Years of VSI - VSI Digital History Project
A small team of volunteers have been meeting to set up a website to document VSI’s story over the past 50 years.  We have divided the ‘story’ into trends and themes as well as highlighting individual events and happenings.  So far we are working on the following sections –  How you can help -If you can contribute to any of the subjects above, then please get in contact with Tom Ryder at VSI
  • Do you have any photos from your volunteering time with VSI? It would be great if we could get a copy perhaps with a short story.
  • Write a short story of your volunteering experiences with VSI for the website.
  • Would you be willing to be interviewed about your volunteering experience?
  • Do you have any documents from VSI – AGM minutes; annual reports; project reports, press cuttings etc - especially the years 1965 to 1975?
Coordinator Training Course on 9th and 10th May in Dublin.
The Coordinator Training is an exciting and participatory course designed to equip you to coordinate an International Volunteer Project with VSI this summer. The course will include sessions on Group dynamics; Team-building; Cultural exchange; Communications skills; Health and Safety on projects; Practical advice budgeting, social programme, insurance etc The training is free!!  At the training you will also find out about VSI and the work that we do and other ways that you can help out. More details here 
If you attend the training there's no obligation to coordinate a project if you decide it's not for you. 
EVS - European Voluntary Service Programme - deadline 30 April 2015
Are you interested in joining in the European Voluntary Service Programme in 2015? The EU funded programme is a great opportunity for volunteers aged 18-30 to experience life and culture in the EU or neighbouring countries. Currently VSI has EVS volunteers in Belgium, Georgia, Bosnia Herzogovina, Iceland, Slovenia and Moldova.  Examples of projects are: with asylum seekers in France, at a wildlife reserve in Belgium, at a human rights centre in Moldova and with an international NGO in Iceland. More details on the programme here
For opportunities and updates join VSI's mailing list for EVS and long-term volunteering – email Hilary to subscribe info
If you have any questions about EVS or long-term volunteering contact helen
VSI members weekend
We would like to thank everyone who came to our VSI members weekend. We shared interesting stories about volunteering and VSI's work over of the past 50 years. The weather was perfect, allowing us to enjoy the warm sun and fresh air as we went hill walking through the beautiful landscapes of Wicklow, visited the Glencree centre for peace and reconciliation and the German Military Cemetery. We are looking forward to our next members weekend.. watch this space!!
Women’s Mini Marathon Monday 1st June VSI runners needed
Get your training shoes ready and join the VSI team at the Women’s Mini Marathon in June. We are hoping to have 25 runners (at least) running on behalf of VSI and raising much needed funds to support our projects and programme during 2015. If you would like to join the VSI team, then contact Tom at the VSI office for sponsorship cards etc. 
You will need to register soon as the closing date is 187h April!  
Get in touch with Hilary at for more details
DIT Students Bolton Street
VSI will be holding an info stand on our volunteering opportunities for students in DIT Bolton St, 23 April 12-2pm. If you’d like to help out or if you are a DIT student and nearby let us know
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