Galway

Galway, Ireland

Cultural Heritage Organization

English (Superior)

This organization is a heritage charity committed to protecting and enhancing Galway's natural, man-made, and cultural heritage for the benefit of all. The organization adopts a hands-on approach which includes supporting a number of other non-profit and charity organizations and undertaking improvement, conservation, and education projects in support of its mission. Activities may include assisting or leading city tours, community education events, administrative assistance, or fundraising initiatives. Additional tasks include administrative assistance with promotional initiatives. This is a great placement for students looking to work closely with locals and gain experience in non-profit organization management. This organization is open year round but is more likely to accept service learning students in the summer.

Student Radio Station

English (Advanced)

One of only three campus community radio stations in Ireland, this radio station has been serving the Galway university student community for over 10 years. As a radio station "for students, by students", it facilitates genuine participation rather than one-way interactions with listeners, and provides diverse and eclectic weekly talk shows covering a wide range of student issues like LGBT rights, Irish language shows, French language shows, Spanish language shows, university sports coverage, unsigned local artists, current affairs, on campus event coverage, and more. Throughout the school year and summer, participants can join a dedicated group of local volunteers who work tirelessly to deliver a series of informative, entertaining, and exciting radio programs to the wider community.

Senior Development and Advocacy Services Center

English (Advanced)

This non-profit organization provides a range of services to seniors. The organization is eager to have college students contribute their time and effort to teach computer skills to seniors in classroom settings or one-on-ones throughout the week. There is also the opportunity to run all-day workshops on how to use video calling services (such as Skype) and social media.

Special Needs Partnership

English (Advanced)

Assist with a non-profit organization that works to provide support for individuals and families affected by a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Set up by a concerned parent group in 2011 to address a need for service provision, information, advocacy, and support for families living with ASD, the Special Needs Partnership has since been providing social clubs, respite camps, skills building workshops, and family fun days and activities for individuals on the spectrum, siblings, and whole families. Participants may support and supervise children of various ages diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with and without additional needs (e.g Intellectual Disability) in a range of clubs and activities. These might include Lego Club, Movie Production Club, and Play Groups, as well as after school activities, special holiday clubs, and weekend social clubs. Potential opportunities to help supervise additional special interest clubs may arise.

Family Support Center

English (Advanced)

This organization offers a wide range of services to children and teenagers in disadvantaged areas in the city of Galway. They help to promote and encourage self-improvement and general well-being. They run a homework club throughout the school term, which offers children practical assistance with homework, and aims to inspire young people to develop their self-confidence and see the value in education. The center also runs an activity group which aims to promote social inclusion through arts and crafts, sports, drama, and cooking projects, which aids young people in developing their social skills and gaining confidence in their abilities. Activities undertaken by the club include: youth exchanges, day trips, mid-term and summer camps, yoga and meditation, cooking classes, grinds (tutoring), as well as workshops on building healthy relationship and improving I.T skills. * NOTE: Students placed in this organization will be required to obtain a FBI background check.

Support Center for Individuals with Special Needs

English (Advanced)

The mission of the organization is to support the families of children with special needs and long term illness who spend extended periods of time in medical facilities. The aim is to enhance the well-being of the family unit through fun and recreational activities including music, art, and play therapy as well as guardian(s) support mechanisms. Additionally, the center provides space and activities for siblings of special needs children to come together and share their experiences in a safe, fun, and educational setting. *Limited availability during Summer

Equine Therapy Center

English (Advanced)

This voluntary organization provides services like therapeutic horsemanship, equine-facilitated coaching, and EAGALA model equine-assisted personal development and psychotherapy. All of the services provided utilize horses as a catalyst for change, and are tailored according to the specific goals hoped to be achieved by the individual or group. PLEASE NOTE: This organization requires a minimum 8-week commitment.