Venture Training For Development Spring 2020

Module Dates
Global Awareness, Health 25-26 January 2020
Project Cycle Management, Monitoring & Evaluation 22-23 February 2020
Cultural Adaptation, Challenge & Conflict, Research Methodologies *Please note some modules including Research Methodologies have an online component using Moodle 21-22 March 2020
Community Development and Leadership 25-26 April 2020

Please register for the course here


VC offers an excellent training programme called Venture, delivered twice a year which aims to prepare prospective development workers, missionaries or volunteers for working and living in a developing country.

The programme is conducted over four intensive weekends between February and May and September and December each year. While providing a grounding in practical overseas development it will help participants to discern if a long term volunteer commitment is for them.  It is vitally important 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.

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

“What I am very favourably impressed by is not only the specific training programme but the general atmosphere created by the VC staff and volunteers during the various occasions when I have been there; this atmosphere is probably even more important as a ‘training’ than the elements in the formal training programme.”  Donal Dorr –  Venture programme facilitator

Who can join

The VC Venture training programme is open to everyone, not just those wishing to be considered for a VC placement.  It is however, a prerequisite for our vacancies unless the volunteer has considerable previous overseas experience.  It offers people an opportunity to make an informed decision on whether overseas volunteering is for them.

Applicants from England and Wales are very welcome as part of  VCs commitment to its membership of the Catholic Missionary Union.

Content and delivery

Our course is entirely participatory – the idea is that all have something to bring to the table.

As well as good basic grounding on the development sector it also offers participants an insight into working with and within the faith-based sector. VC also strongly encourages participants to become involved in voluntary work at home as a practical learning addition to this course.


A course fee of €400 for the training is payable in advance. Meals and refreshments are included, accommodation is not included.

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