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Volunteer Abroad

The programme was initiated in 2011 to support CIT students who wished to undertake volunteering. The aim of the programme is primarily to offer financial support to students who wish to experience volunteering abroad. 

The programme has supported 80 students volunteering in over 19 different countries.  The combined total volunteer weeks that the students have contributed to various projects has amounted to 335 weeks, almost six and a half years.

Read more about the experiences of previous CIT volunteers below


The CIT Volunteer Abroad offers 2 types of supports, Scholarships and Bursaries.

A scholarship cover the cost of a 4 week volunteer programme and flights. You must identify a volunteer programme from one of three organisations.

Candidates can select any programme of their choosing, it must be for a minimum of 4 weeks.


A bursary is a contribution towards the cost of your volunteer programme. In previous years this has ranged from €500 to €750 per successful candidate. You can volunteer with any organisation of your choosing. If you have not yet chosen the organisation you wish to volunteer with a good point to start your search is


The programme is open to application for any full time registered CIT student, including FAS and Springboard.  Students must complete an application form and on request attend an interview to be considered for a scholarship.  Students can apply for a bursary by completing the application form.


Application Forms & Deadlines - Volunteer Abroad 2019


Scholarship applications will open in November 2018   – Deadline December 2018


Bursary applications will open in November 2018     – Deadline February 2019


Email to get a copy of the applications forms.


What's new?

We have a new Facebook page

Check out our volunteers stories on our new Facebook page.

SERVE Mozambique Fundraiser

Our latest fundraiser was in aid of SERVE Mozambique Appeal

Four Star Pizza Cork sponsored pizzas in aid of our Pizza Party as well as Pizza vouchers to help boost our online activity.

We raised over €450.

Who's going this year?


Dami Fagbamila - Mexico

Tiarnan McKeown - O'Neill- Mexico

Elizabeth Emerhu - Vietnam


The Hope Foundation:

Sean Freeman - Kolkata

Niamh Savage - Kolkata



Ibrahim Salaou - Mozambique

Ciaran O'Donnell - Mozambique

Ciara Sheehan - Philipines

Grace Aribasoye Vietnam

Previous CIT Volunteers


EIL Ireland - Jackie Ní Fhogartaigh in Guatamala

Hope Foundation - Ciara Carroll in Kolkata

SERVE - Caroline Wright in Mozambique


Aleksandra Ananica volunteered through EIL Ireland in Vietnam.

Aleks hosted a photographic exhibition after her volunteering to share a visual insight to her experience. View the exhibition brochure


Joy Mulcahy volunteered through EIL Ireland in Vietnam.

"I couldn't stop smiling looking out the window remembering all the happy memories I made. It was a trip of a lifetime and one I would do it all again in a heartbeat"...

 Read more in Joy's report for Explicit


Steven O'Connell volunteered with Hope Foundation in Kolkata.

"Volunteering is one of the best things you can do in your life in my opinion. When I discovered the college offered me a chance to volunteer abroad I felt on top of the world!!"...

Read more in Steven's report for Explicit



Brian Hughes volunteered through EIL Ireland in Ghana.

"The people in Ghana are what made the experience: their (sometimes over) friendliness, their spirit and beliefs, their positive nature and welcoming hospitality"...

Read more in Brian's report for Explicit


Ben Henry volunteered through EIL Ireland in Guatamala

"I must say I had discovered there for the first time in my life what inequality really means. People with very large house would live nearby people who only have a room to live in, for their whole family. I have seen people living with very basic thing, really far from all the luxury we are used to and take for granted in our countries."


Fionnghuala Feeney volunteered with Hope Foundation in Kolkata


"I always wanted to volunteer and the Volunteer Abroad Scholarship gave me the kick I needed to put my thoughts into action."...

Read more in Fionghuala's report for Explicit


Vincent Forde volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Philippines



Rebecca Power volunteered through SERVE in Mozambique


Orlaith O'Connell volunteered with Diocese of Cork and Ross in Lourdes


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