Volunteer Overseas

The Suas Volunteer Programme #VP16 is now closed for summer 2016. However, if you would like to receive more information about the programme, please click on the GET INVOLVED button to register your details (name, email address, location). It only takes about 30 seconds!

Suas invites enthusiastic, committed young people to participate in our international Learning and Volunteering Programme in 2016. The programme aims to provide a transformational experience for Volunteers and the children and young people they work with.

'My experience working in India gave me an entirely new energy and enthusiasm for all aspects of my life. Everyday was exciting and interesting. Every encounter challenged you to think and awoke parts of my brain that I'd switched off.'  Shauna Golden, Volunteer Programme 2014

As a Suas Volunteer you will participate in a ten-week placement as a teaching assistant in a school or educational centre in India, Kenya* or Zambia* over the summer.

You’ll be working in disadvantaged communities where children are at risk of missing out on educational opportunities and issues such as child labour and trafficking. Alongside our local partners you can make a real difference in the lives of the children you’ll be working with, and to the wider community.

Spending ten weeks living and working in a new and unfamiliar environment is a big challenge, but also very exciting! As a volunteer you will learn so much more about your host country than you could hope to as a tourist. There is lots of support available for you throughout the programme, but it really is what you make it!


You will receive training before, during and after the international placement in the following areas:
• Teamwork and leadership skills
• Global issues and development
• Problem solving, Creativity and Innovation
• Teaching methodologies and classroom management
• Staying safe and well overseas
• Adaptability and resilience

The Volunteer Programme is about developing a better understanding of the world in which we live and how we can each contribute to positive change. In addition, you will gain skills which are not only useful in your personal and professional life, but are also highly attractive to employers.

This project is partially funded by Irish Aid

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