We have had many wonderful and dedicated volunteers over the years. Volunteers are essential both at home in Ireland and in India. Our longest standing volunteers are the members of the Board of Directors and the Committee in Ireland, with many working with us for over 10 years. The fundraising and organisational efforts of our special volunteers have allowed us to help so many children in need. New members are always welcome to join the team in Ireland, we urge you to aid us in our fundraising efforts. No effort is too small, each raffle, coffee morning, fitness challenge or other event is appreciated and allows us to carry on our work with the children.
We also welcome volunteers to India. We have had excellent experiences with our overseas volunteers. Edith and the Board of Directors personally choose any volunteer who travels to India. As volunteers in India work directly with the children it is essential that we choose only the best. By carefully choosing volunteers we can be sure that the children, the organisation and the volunteer will benefit. We limit the number of volunteers to ensure that it is an excellent learning experience for the volunteer and we also ask for a minimum stay of 3 months. A small number of volunteers who stay a significant amount of time results in meaningful relationships being established and positive effects are felt. The average length of stay is 5 months. We have had some highly skilled volunteers in the past with backgrounds in social work, counselling, health and international development. We encourage these volunteers to continue working with us once they return to Ireland.
We have a wonderful partnership with the International Development and Food Policy degree course in UCC. Each year we take students on a 5 month placement. We have had so many positive experiences with these students. They come each year with enthusiasm and energy and always some special skills. We have gained committee members and directors from this partnership and we hope to continue it for years to come.