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Joanne Mulligan in Uganda. ©Phoebe Pennington

Joanne Mulligan in Uganda. ©Phoebe Pennington


Stories of Volunteers From Ireland

Below is a selection of stories from Irish volunteers that have given their service overseas. Read about their motivations, experiences and impressions and the rewards and challenges of volunteering in international development.


The volunteers featured here came from different walks of life and different age groups to volunteer abroad. Their motivations ranged from personal responses to natural disasters or a desire to help less fortunate communities to professional development. They may have heard about opportunities from college, from their children or from local voluntary groups. They served as teachers, builders, nurses, nutrition advisers and youth workers.


Many of these and other volunteer roles are available through Irish overseas voluntary organisations. We encourage you to contact our partner Comhlámh for more information on responsible international volunteering or, indeed, if you have already volunteered abroad and you’d like your story to be featured here. If so, contact us to receive a story template and send it on with photos and/or video to


See our latest stories below from the world of volunteering:

Contact Comhlámh for all your information on international volunteering


Interested in Volunteering? Check out our Volunteering section on our website.