Venture Training

Training Course for Prospective Volunteers

VC offers an excellent training programme called Venture which aims to prepare prospective development workers, missionaries or volunteers for working in international development and humanitarian work. It is vitally important to be well prepared. And the course helps ensure that they can remain committed to the work.

The programme provides a grounding in practical overseas development and humanitarian work and help any prospective volunteer development workers to discern if a long-term volunteer commitment is for them. The programme is delivered by facilitators who are experts in the sector.

Due to Covid-19 public health restrictions on gatherings, Venture moved online in 2020.  As a result of going online, it allowed a wider participation of development workers, local volunteers, partners – from many different countries!  The next online programme will run over 4 weekends between September and December 2022.

The training will consist of 8 days (5 hours per day) of live training sessions, plus access to over 20 hours of online, independent learning.

Contact us  here to learn more or view the Venture course content page.

“What I have been very favourably impressed by is not only the specific training programme, but the general atmosphere created by the VC staff and volunteers on the various occasions when I have been there. This atmosphere is probably even more important 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 volunteer placement.  However, unless the volunteer has considerable previous overseas experience, it is a prerequisite for our volunteer role vacancies. It offers people an opportunity to make an informed decision on whether overseas volunteering is for them.

Content & 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.


On-site training: The course fee of €400 is payable in advance. Meals and refreshments are included, accommodation is not included.

Online training: The online course fee is payable in advance before login details are supplied.

Terms & Conditions

Please view all terms and conditions here

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