Learning English

Have you recently moved to Ireland? 

You might be interested in volunteering because it gives you a chance to improve your English, meet new people and connect with Irish community. 

There is nothing more rewarding in volunteering than being able to learn about different cultures, make friends and have lots of fun. 

Do not worry if you English is not perfect, you can still volunteer. However, you will need at least a basic level of English to start volunteering. iVOL, the national volunteering database has volunteering opportunities for people with various levels of English. Remember, once you start volunteering your English will improve.


Search for Volunteer Opportunities

We have searched iVOL for you and picked out suggestions for newcomers to Dublin. Check them out here: 



Apply to Volunteer

Once you have found a role(s) that you want to apply to, you need to register first before you can apply. Once that is done, go back to the role description page and at the bottom of the page, click the pink ‘Register Interrest’ button. Your local volunteer centre will now get a notification about your interest and either forward your contact details to the organisation you are interested in, or send you an email with further information. 


Before you  apply for a role

Looking at a role you should pay close attention to: 

  • Location of volunteering opportunity: Where is the opportunity? Can you travel there easily?
  • Minimum time commitment: Some opportunities need you to commit to more than 3 months. Try to be realistic when thinking about how long you can volunteer.
  • Level of English required: Are you an international student in Dublin and want to practice your english? Look out for ‘Basic English’
  • Screening details:This can be very different depending on the roles you are going for. Usually the Quick Start roles (festivals, Canal clean Ups, Fundraising) only have application forms and informal interviews, but if you are looking at roles where you will be working with children or vulnerable adults, the process will be more thourough and include Garda Vetting.

As all application are processed manually we ask that you do not apply for more than 3 roles at a time.


 What happens after I apply for a role?

Once you hit the ‘Register Interes’ button we get a notification that you have applied for a role. In most cases your details (name, email address and phone number) are emailed to the organisation you applied with, which then will get in touch with you directly. The rest of the recruitment process is then between you and the organisations – all documents requested like CV’s and references (if requested, depends on the role) should be sent driectly to the relevant organisation.

Sometimes the organisation will have requested that we email you their contact details or an application form, in which case it will be up to you to respond to that to further your application.

Organisations will strive to get back to you as soon as they can but bare in mind that sometimes these projects are led by volunteers which do not have regular hours. The Dublin City Volunteer Center will get in touch in 2 weeks from application submitted to check in on your progress, and again in 4 weeks to see how things are going


Are you interested in coming to Ireland to Volunteer?

We are unfortunately not in a position to facilitate international volunteer applications or placements as our remit is the Dublin City area, so we can only help people find volunteering opportunities who are already living in Dublin. However, once you arrive in Dublin you can get in touch and we will be happy to help you find a suitable role.

If you are looking for an organisation that deals with international volunteer applications, you may find the following website useful:

Service Civil International

You can also look at the Residential Opportunities, with suggestions of organisations across Ireland you can contact.