Student Volunteering

Volunteering at NUI GalwayStudent volunteering is at the heart of the student experience at NUI Galway, and with more than 2,000 registered volunteers, we are recognised as Ireland’s leading university for student volunteering.

In fact, last year our student and staff volunteers gave over 95,000 hours of voluntary service and raised just under half a million euro in charity work.

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is giving your time to a community. For an hour a week you can get involved in a homework club, befriend a person with a disability, visit the elderly, play with children in hospitals, plant an organic garden or mentor a fellow student…the list is endless!

How can international students at NUI Galway student volunteer?

ALIVE (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience) is NUI Galway’s flagship student volunteering programme. The ALIVE database features over 100 hundred volunteering programmes both in Ireland and overseas and each year the University hosts a volunteering fair as well as workshops aimed at promote opportunities for students to get involved.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to contribute directly to a worthy cause and in return you can also gain important personal and employability skills, including communication skills, teamwork skills and presentation skills to name but a few.

Volunteering at NUI GalwayProviding demonstrated evidence of transferable skills at an interview or on an application form can help you to stand out from the crowd when it comes to securing a job after graduation.

Where can I find out more?

For a complete list of volunteering opportunities and some helpful advice and tips, log on to the ALIVE website at

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One response to “Student Volunteering

  1. All of us here at ISA are excited about our partnership! Keep up your great work with this blog.

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