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Residential home for adults with physical impairment

Internship and Volunteering
Are you interested in working with people with special needs and would you like to support them to lead a more independent life and to be better integrated into society? In Ireland, you can volunteer or do an internship in a residential home for people with special needs. We work with centres similar to the one described in continuation at various locations in Ireland.

What is this program about?

The home in County Wicklow, around 100 km south of Dublin, is a facility for adults with physical disabilities, who live together as a residential community. All residents contribute within their range of abilities to the community, supported by professional nurses support who are aiming to provide the residents with a more independent life and better integratation into society.

How can you get involved?

You support the residents of the home who are currently 35 to 80 years old in everyday life. For example, you have conversations with them, accompany them on family visits, take them for walks, go shopping with them, go to the cinema or the theater and do activities in the facility such as bingo, art classes and table quizzes. You can also incorporate your own ideas.
If you are interested, you can also take on care activities such as helping with eating, personal hygiene, and support with getting dressed. For any such nursing related activities, you will always be accompanied by a professional nurse.
Through your commitment, the people with disabilities will have a more varied everyday life and more opportunities to participate in social life and improve their skills.
But not only do the residents of the facility benefit from this, you also do so by experiencing a new environment and see the world from a different perspective. You will become part of an Irish community and experience their daily life up close.

What are your working hours?

You work 5 days a week for a total of 30-35 hours per week and have two days off that do not necessarily fall on the weekends. If you work on the weekends, you have days off during the week to compensate. There is a shift plan.

What prior knowledge do you need?

An intermediate level of English is required. No other previous knowledge is required, but you should be sociable, open-minded and team-oriented.

About the location

The centre is located in the idyllic countryside of County Wicklow, around 100 km south of Dublin. In the nearby village there is a church, a shop, a post office, two pubs, hairdressers and beauticians. The area invites you to take long walks and bike rides! The next towns are Tullow, Gorey, Carlow and Arklow which are at a distance of around 15-30 km and easily accessible by public transport. The facility's vehicle also goes to the nearest towns for shopping and errands almost every day, and you can either come along or ask other team members to bring items that are not available in the village. We work with other, similar centres in other locations in Ireland.
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Location: Wicklow and other locations in Ireland
Availability: all year round; fixed start dates: 2021: Jul 5, Jul 19, Aug 2, Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 8. 2022: Jan 1, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 9, May 30, Jun 13, Jul 4, Aug 1, Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov 7
Minimum Duration: 8 weeks
Maximum Duration: 6 months
Minimum age: 18 years
Required Language Skills: English, at least B1 level
Accommodation: Single room at the residential home. Details in the tab "Accommodation" below
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Supervision possible: Yes
Qualification supervisor: Nursing professionals
Minimum qualification of intern: None
Remuneration: No
Volunteering possible: Yes
Required qualification of interns: none
It is expected:
The "right" attitude
In case of the centre in Wicklow, as a volunteer, you will live on the project site and you will have your own bedroom on the upper floor of the projet's main building. There is a shared living area for volunteers. Wi-Fi is available in the house. Bed linen, towels, basic hygiene items, hair dryers, laundry and cleaning products are provided. Catering is provided: you can have the meals that are prepared in the house free of charge, or you can cook on your own in the separate kitchen on the premises.
The costs consist of the program costs and the accommodation costs.
The program costs are:
4-7 weeks: 890 EUR
8-12 weeks: 990 EUR
13 or more weeks: 1090 EUR
The accommodation costs are:
110 EUR per week

This includes:

  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials
  • Pick-up from Cork Airport
  • Hostel Accommodation (dorm room) incl. breakfast in Cork on the first need, dinner with live music on arrival day
  • Orientation session, lunch and city tour in Cork on the day after the arrival
  • Transfer from Cork to your project location by public transport
  • Accommodation on full board (see details in the tab "Accommodation")
  • 24 Hours emergency support by our Irish support team
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university

The Rates do NOT include:

  • Travel to/from Cork
  • Transfer back to Cork on your last day
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
This program includes an orientation with walking tour, meals and accommodation in Cork City.
You should book a flight to Cork (airport code: ORK). You will be picked up from Cork Airport and taken to Cork City, where you will spend the first night in Sheilas hostel (shared room).
Alternatively, you can fly to Dublin (DUB) and from there take a bus to Cork. The journey takes about 3.5 hours. Your plane should land in Dublin before 2pm so you can make it to Cork by bus on the same day. We will provide you with precise travel information.
There are fixed start dates, which means that we can ensure that there is always a small group of newly arriving program participants. On the first evening, you will join Welcome Dinner, including with live Irish music.
The next day you will be picked up from the hostel after breakfast at 9:15 am, followed by a 3.5 hour introductory workshop on topics including intercultural training, personal and professional development, and communication. Afterwards there will be lunch (included in the price) and an approximately 2-hour walking tour through Cork City.
Then on the same day you will be brought to the bus/train to Wicklow (ticket included) where you will be picked up by a team member of the centre and brought to your accommodation.
Your volunteer work will then start the following day.

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