Support and Training

We provide training and preparation

We provide a comprehensive online training programme called Venture – Training for Development.

Venture training is usually delivered over 3 weekends with independent study via our TalentLMS online platform.  This provides attendees with an opportunity to learn from each other, from expert tutors as well as gain experience and insight from returned volunteers who will share their experiences and answer your questions.

We go through a detailed pre-departure process with you which includes a medical, reference checks, police clearance, sign-off on policies and insurance details.

During COVID and for the foreseeable future we will be running this course using the Zoom platform and engaging with prospective volunteers from all over the world. If restrictions ease we will seek to blend this online element with a face to face component at our Dublin training centre.

We will support you

We provide support to our volunteers while overseas by regularly checking in with you.


Depeniding on the Volunteer Programme you will generally receive:

  • A monthly living allowance or pocket money in the case of an EU ESC volunteer
  • A contribution towards return airfares to country of assignment
  • Contributions towards vaccinations
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance cover either through VC or the EU ESC programme
  • Provided with accommodation and food if part of the EU ESC programme.

It is usually necessary for volunteers to undertake some fundraising before going overseas on assignment – we will give you detailed information on preparation and living costs. While overseas, many volunteers who have been working and living in Ireland before departure are entitled to claim PRSI contributions from the Department of Social Protection.

Why VC?

VC is one of the oldest overseas volunteer organisations in Ireland which has been training and placing volunteers on long-term assignments for 60 years