Support and Training

We provide training and preparation

We provide a comprehensive training programme called Venture – Training for Development. During the Covid-19 public health crisis Venture will be delivered online.

Venture training is usually delivered over 4 weekends face to face at our training centre in Dublin with independent study via Moodle an 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.


If a funding allocation is secured for your overseas role, you will generally receive:

  • A monthly living allowance
  • International volunteers will generally receive;
    • a contribution towards return airfares to their country of assignment
    • Contributions towards vaccinations
    • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance cover

Volunteers from overseas are provided with accommodation, electricity, water and use of transport, if possible or appropriate.

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.

Please note that most roles are for a 12-month duration with options for renewal.

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