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Venture – Training for Development (Autumn 2017)


Venture Autumn 2017 is an excellent, comprehensive programme delivered over four weekends between September and December 2017.

The course also has online modules (using Moodle) in

Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection

Research Methodologies

*New* Technical Writing

Course / Module
Global Awareness, Health 16-17 Sept 2017
Community Development and Leadership 14-15 Oct 2017
Project Cycle Management, Monitoring & Evaluation 11-12 Nov 2017
Cultural Adaptation, Challenge & Conflict, Research Methodologies (New module) Please note some modules including Research Methodologies have an online component using Moodle. 9-10 Dec 2017

Who is this for?
Prospective development workers, missionaries or volunteers who intend to work and live in a developing country.

What will you learn?

While providing a some keys skills and knowledge in practical overseas development it will also help participants to discern if a long term volunteer commitment is for them.  It is crucial that development workers, missionaries or volunteers are well prepared; this helps ensure that they can remain committed to the challenges of living and working overseas.


Module 1 Introduction and Logistics sessions.
Module 2 Global Awareness.
Module 3 Mission and Development –This is aimed at those working in the faith-based sector and is held after the returned volunteer speaker each Sunday morning.
Module 4 Returned Volunteer Speakers. Four speakers will input, one on each weekend
Module 5 Health
Module 6 Community Development and Leadership
Module 7 Cultural Adaptation
Module 8 Challenge and Conflict
Module 9 Research Methodologies
Module 10 Project Cycle Management and Monitoring & Evaluation
Module 11 Online Security Course mandatory for all trainees (UNDSS)
Module 12 Comhlámh Volunteer Charter
Online The course also has online modules (using Moodle) in

Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection

Research Methodologies

*New* Technical Writing


The programme is delivered by facilitators who are experts in the sector.

Course fee €400 (less 20% for unwaged)

Register and pay online here.

Overseas Volunteering Info & Recruitment Session

Thinking of volunteering this year?

VC has been recruiting, training and placing skilled people on projects overseas for over 56 years and we have learned a few things…

Guarantee that your time volunteering will make the bestimpact – prepare, prepare and prepare!
Get to know the issues and the root causes of global injustice
Get to know yourself!
Go only where you are needed

Come and meet us!

Saturday 26th August 2017 at 11am at VC HQ, 8 New Cabra Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7

to learn more about our current vacancies overseas as well as our part-time overseas development training programme Venture 2017 (one weekend per month over 4 months at VC HQ) which is aimed at prospective Development Workers and Volunteers and offers an experience that will give the volunteer or development worker the confidence that he/she is fully prepared to work overseas.  

Call 01-8689986 or email us for further information!


Digital Marketing Officer (Intern) Required at VC!

Digital Marketing Officer (Intern)

A Digital Marketing Officer is being sought to assist with, develop and manage the organisation’s internal and external digital communications in relation to updating and maintaining the website, social media accounts, writing blog posts as well as working on the organisation’s inbound marketing strategy and assisting with quarterly campaigns around recruitment and training.
Job Description
Roll-out and implementation of VC 2017 Inbound Marketing Campaign
WordPress website management
Writing, posting and maintaining blog
Online outreach and promotion using Social Media
Manage media contacts list and establish media database on Salesforce
Assist with drafting/issuing of media releases for dissemination to national media
Research and implement communication tools
 Qualifications and skills required are
A strong capacity for analysis, communication and information management
Excellent communication skills
Full proficiency in spoken and written English
Third level qualification preferably in digital marketing
Ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure
Excellent interpersonal skills, team worker and good listener
Ability to take initiatives and be flexible and adaptable in a changing environment
Advanced computer literacy in marketing/communications desktop/online packages
Some previous experience required
Initial 3 months contract, weekly expenses
Would suit recent graduate who is seeking gain experience
To apply
Send CV and cover letter to

Final Talk in “He Has Spoken Through the Prophets”

He Has Spoken Through the Prophets…

VC Invites You to a Our Final Seminar in this Series on Renewal

After a very successful series of talks so far we really look forward to the final talk in this series on Wednesday 7th June!

This talk, featuring broadcaster and journalist Pat Coyle will be from the perspective of a lay woman.

Pat was born in Derry City in 1957 and was ten when the troubles’ started. The Catholic Church and the war on her front street have been two of the most potent patriarchal forces in her life. She is a graduate of Philosophy from the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology. In 2005 she took up the post of Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Ireland where she works today.

 Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Lecture Hall, Belvedere College Dublin 1

Suggested donation €10

To book you place call 01-8689986 or email

Executive Director Required for South Africa

Executive Director

South Africa

Viatores Christi (VC) works in the area of development cooperation in the faith-based development sector. We specialise in the recruitment, training and placement of skilled people on projects identified by a mission partner which meets the needs of the beneficiaries. We also specialise in the monitoring and implementation of projects as well as in the provision of experts in developing countries for targeted consultancy.  Since 1960 we have recruited, trained and placed over 2000 specialists of varied disciplines in 48 different countries. Today, our members work in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

VC seeks a suitably qualified candidate for the position of Executive Director for its mission partner the Salesians of Don Bosco in South Africa:

Position Title: Executive Director

Type of Assignment: Salaried, International Development Worker

Project Title: Salesians Institute Youth Project (SIYP)

Duration: 3 year contract

Location, Country: Cape Town, South Africa

Expected Starting Date: Q3 2017


The Salesian Fathers of Don Bosco were founded in Italy in 1859 and in 1896 first came to Cape Town. The first centre to care for at risk youth was founded in 1910 and since then the focus of the Salesian Institute Youth projects (SIYP) has been to serve the needs of the most vulnerable, marginalized youth to aim to bring about lasting change in their lives.

As an organization, the SIYP is dedicated to serving the needs of vulnerable youth. It focuses on building their capacity and skills through a broad range of customized programmes and assists the youth by securing employment.

Role Description:

The Salesians Institute Youth Project (SIYP) is now seeking to hire a new Executive Director to lead the organization through its next chapter of growth. 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the SIYP, programmes, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop a deep knowledge of core programmes, fundraising and operations.

Leadership & Management:

  • Bring about any necessary organization restructure and create mechanisms for change management to ensure successful transition from current organizational dynamic.
  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Actively engage and energize volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors. This includes communicating regularly and effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain a high-performance management team
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate programme components, to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.

Financial Performance and Organisational Viability:

  • Develop resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the organization, which includes developing and planning annual budgets, working with the CFO to develop appropriate management and risk management systems and actively engaging the Board of Directors in supporting the overall health and financial wellbeing of the organization
  • Reviews all policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the organisation
  • Ensures the organization adheres to all local and national policies as required for SIYP and its registration as a charity.

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand fundraising activities to support existing programme operations and overall organizational growth
  • Develop and manage systems for the monitoring of activities to generate sustainable and diverse income sources for the organization
  • Refine and develop a strategy to expand all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Actively network and develop new relationships to garner new opportunities  – including  initiation and development of government liaison and with international donors and foundations
  • Be the lead national voice that publishes and communicates programme results with an emphasis on the successes to media, donors and potential new donors.

Planning & New Business:

  • Creates and manages the role out of a strategic business plan for the organisation
  • Build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders, with political and community leaders.


This appointment will be the first external lay person to take on this role, therefore it is crucial that the candidate not only meets the criteria below but also can demonstrate an understanding of the ethos and values of the organization, its faith based approach, in the Catholic tradition and how this influences the work of the organization.  The successful candidate must be thoroughly committed to this mission of the SIYP. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience as well as the ability to manage cultural diversity.

Specific requirements include:

  • Advanced degree, with at least 10 years of senior management experience; track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performancebased organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalised strategies that have taken an organization and team to the next stage of growth
  • Steadfast commitment to quality programmes and data-driven programme evaluations
  • Excellence in organisational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Conditions of Service

3 year contract, basic relocation package

To Apply:  Please email a letter of motivation and a detailed CV outlining all areas of experience relevant to the role to by 5pm on 6th June 2017

Retreat & Gathering for VC Members

Viatores Christi would like to invite you to a

Retreat & Gathering
Led by Fr. Donal Dorr SPS

from Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th June.

In Gormanston Park, Co Meath

Arrival on Saturday 10th June at 1pm for lunch (attendees may also arrive earlier)
Closing on Sunday 11th June at 4pm approx (after 3pm Eucharist)

The weekend will give time for reflection and prayer but also for tapping into or re-kindling the enthusiasm and spirit of our VC experience as well as re-connecting with our VC family.  There will also be time to make new friends or renew old friendships, tell stories and generally be together!

Cost €80 to €85
(includes B&B in single or 6-bed dormitory room on Saturday night and all meals and tea/coffee breaks)

To register:
Click here to download event booking form, complete and return by email to or by post with €30 deposit by Monday 22ndMay 2017

Payment Options:
Cash or cheque made payable to Viatores Christi
Electronic transfer to our bank: Bank of Ireland, College Green, D2,  BIC: BOFIIE2D, Account No. 38239797, Sort Code 90-00-17, IBAN: IE34 BOFI 9000 1738 2397 97 – (remember to mention Retreat)
Make a quick, secure online credit/debit card payment through our website below: 

Pay €30 deposit for VC Retreat
Pay VC Retreat Cost Dorm 


Pay VC Retreat Cost Single Room

Getting there:
Gormanston Park is off Exit 6 on the M1 Northbound
Please click here for more information
Let us know if you would like a lift (we will try to facilitate this as far as possible) or if you can provide a lift to somebody else.

For further information please email Nora Casey noracasey45@gm  or call the VC office at 01-8689986.

We look forward to seeing you on 10th and 11th June!

He has spoken through the prophets…


He Has Spoken Through the Prophets…

VC Invites You to a Seminar Series on Renewal

We are delighted to announce that VC will hold a number of seminars on renewal and the future of the Church during April, May and June. This will consist of a series of hard-hitting thought-provoking seminars from different perspectives featuring the following speakers:

Bishop Willie Walsh April 4th 2017

Click to hear his talk


Fr Mark Patrick Hederman May 3rd 2017


Patricia Coyle June 7th 2017

About our speakers

Bishop Willie Walsh is not afraid to ask the difficult questions – questions that willneed to be faced by the institutional Church if it is to try and regain the credibility lost in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century.” Columba Press.
A native of Roscrea Bishop Walsh  was ordained in 1959 in Rome at the ageof 24. He taught for a year at Coláiste Einde, Galway and joined the staff of St Flannan’s College, Ennis in 1963. He became Bishop of Killaloe in 1995 and served until 2010. He was succeeded by Bishop Kieran O’Reilly.

Mark Hederman is Abbot of Glenstal Abbey in Limerick. A former headmaster of Glenstal Abbey School, he is author of a number of number of books, the two most recent being Underground Cathedrals, Columba Press, 2010 and Dancing with Dinosaurs, 2011. With a doctorate in the philosophy of education, Mark Patrick has a reputation for being thought provoking, insightful and wise. He has lectured in philosophy and literature in America and Nigeria as well as Ireland,

Pat Coyle was born in Derry City in 1957 and was ten when the troubles’ started. The Catholic Church and the war on her front street have been two of the most potent patriarchal forces in her life. She is a graduate of Philosophy from the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology. In 2005 she took up the post of Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Ireland where she works today.

 Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm

Lecture Hall, Belvedere College Dublin 1

Suggested donation €10

To book you place call 01-8689986 or email

Last Chance to Enter Our Fantastic Prize Draw!



**Congratulations to the VC members who won in the May draw!  

The very last draw for 2017 will take place at the end of June  – and you can still enter to be in with a chance to win… 

1st Prize  – a Brand New SEAT Mii Car!

Cash Prizes:

2nd Prize – €1000  3rd Prize €500   4th Prize €250  

5th Prize €200       6th Prize €150      7th Prize €100


 TO ENTER: There are several easy ways to purchase a ticket!

  • Give us a call at 01 8689986 or email
  • Pay in cash – call to our office 8 New Cabra Road, Phibsboro, Dublin
  • Post us a cheque (made payable to Viatores Christi)
  • Pay for your tickets by electronic transfer to our bank: Bank of Ireland, College Green, D2,

               BIC: BOFIIE2D, Account No. 38239797, Sort Code 90-00-17

              IBAN: IE34 BOFI 9000 1738 2397 97 – (remember to mention DRAW)

  • Or buy your tickets online!

Buy 1 X €20 ticket to be in with a chance to win in the June Draw!
Buy 2 X €20 tickets (€40) to be in with a chance to win in the June Draw!
Buy 3 X €20 tickets (€60) to be in with a chance to win in the June Draw!
Buy 4 X €20 tickets (€80) to be in with a chance to win in the June Draw!














 YOU can help us reach our target!

Our aim is to sell 450 tickets or more, to raise funds for VC to help us continue to work with those who request our skilled volunteers in developing countries. The VC Draw is our major annual fundraiser and we really need your support!

Buying a ticket yourself €60 to be included in all three draws

Selling a ticket to family and friends. 


VC awarded Comprehensive Compliance Award!

CoGP Signatory comprehensive Tri
VC awarded Comprehensive Compliance Award to the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice for Volunteer Sending Agencies.

Viatores Christi is delighted to announce that it has retained it’s Comprehensive Compliance Award which officially recognises those signatories to the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice for Volunteer Sending Agencies (CoGP) that have successfully passed an externally evaluated audit around compliance to the Code of Good Practice.

The Comhlámh CoGP for Volunteer Sending Agencies is a set of standards for organisations involved in facilitating international volunteer placements in developing countries. VC has been recognised as being committed to introducing and maintaining appropriate policies and practices to ensure that it is operating according to identified best practice in the field of international volunteering.

The CoGP which was developed in 2005 by Irish volunteer sending agencies (VSAs), returned volunteers and a range of partners that host international volunteers.

Organisations that are signatories to the code have shown a commitment to 11 principles of an effective international volunteering and are working towards implementing these principles in their programmes.

Adherence to the CoGP ensure overseas volunteering has a positive impact for the three main stakeholders: the volunteer, the sending agency, and the local project and community.

The CoGP has also been recognised as international best practice – in a piece on the ethics of voluntourism, The Guardian newspaper in January 2016 investigated the area of regulation and standards in the overseas volunteering sector and wrote that ‘The highest-regarded set of guidelines, though, is the Code of Good Practice for Volunteer-Sending Organisations (CoGP) developed by Comhlamh, an Irish organisation’.

Prospective volunteers who hope to volunteer with VC can be assured that the programmes are designed and delivered in keeping with the principles and indicators of the code. Compliance with the core indicators and particularly the comprehensive compliance standards of the CoGP show that VC operates at the highest standard globally for international volunteering.

Need some inspiration for 2017?


What are your plans for 2017? Will you volunteer overseas?

If you need some inspiration, take a look at what some VC volunteers are doing…


Eoin Hickey – Swaziland

Eoin Hickey, pictured below, from Co. Carlow went on assignment to Swaziland in early February 2016 as a Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Specialist to the Salesians Bosco Youth Agricultural Training Centre (BYAT).  Eoin hopes to extend his time at BYAC until summer 2017 in order to complete the work. So far Eoin has designed the curriculum at the the agricultural training centre and classes are on going – over 90 youths have so far been trained and over 50 students have been reintegrated into farms and many of these are due to harvest some of their crops.  Mentoring of local staff is ongoing and recruitment of the next group of students is under way and meetings have been held with the heads of the chiefdoms regarding getting land for those students.

Tracy Keogh – Haiti

Tracy, from Co. Kildare is on assignment as a Special Needs Programme Support Co-ordinator at NPH (Our Little Brothers & Sisters), working alongside Gena Heraty in Haiti since late September 2016 where she supervises the projects within the programme that are funded by specific donors, provides reports, statistics and pictures to donors as well as maintaining the programme’s website and social media pages.  In the short time that Tracy (pictured below right) has been in Haiti so far, she has encountered  a lot – not related to her assignment tasks – including Hurricane Matthew on day 4 and long awaited elections which caused unrest in the streets of Port Au Prince.  She is also taking Creole lessons and spending some weekends at the NPH residential home at Kenscoff to learn about life there.  Tracy also writes a personal blog at which she hopes will help to create awareness about issues affecting Haiti and to make them more real for people at home.

Carmel Bradwell – South Africa

Carmel (pictured in photo on left) a former school principal from Co. Meath went to Pretoria in South Africa in February 2016 to work with Xaveri youth project in Pretoria South Africa on the roll out and implementation of their 5-year strategic plan:

“The VC project here in Xaveri is moving along nicely. The Strategic Plan, which was the major part of this project, is now complete. This was a long and difficult process with many false starts and hurdles along the way. We are now working on the Social Media profile. The month of December is taken up with planning for the annual youth camp. This year we are going to a parish in Pretoria North East for 4 nights and plan to paint their local hall as a thank you. 40 young people with paint brushes should be worth a laugh or two. If anyone would like to donate the paint we are happy to accept!”

Gena Heraty – Haiti

Huge congratulations to Gena Heraty (pictured below) on receiving this year’s Leinster House Human Dignity Award Ceann Comhairle,  Seán Fearghail TD, presented the award to Gena at a ceremony in Leinster House.  Gena who has spent the last 23 years in Haiti with Our Little Brothers and Sisters (NPH) where she is the Director of the Special Needs Programme. 

“I am convinced that there is no other place in the world I can do more to help those who are most in need of help right now,” she told an RTÉ documentary, “if I can improve the life of just one child each day I am here then my life will have been worthwhile.”

We are all very proud of Gena and her work  (pictured below)

Want to learn more about how you could become a volunteer?

Come and meet us!

Saturday 14th January 2017 at 12.00 at VC HQ, 8 New Cabra Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7

Call 01-8689986 or email us for further information if you want to be like one