Helping People with Special Needs

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Coordinator | Anton
Coordinator | Anton
Help people with special needs to live a life of their own choosing and get immersed in the Irish culture. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Project Highlights:

  • Placement with the leading organisation of supported accommodation for people with special needs in Ireland
  • Full cultural immersion in a local community environment
  • Highly experienced staff and project mentor
  • Warm and friendly atmosphere!
  • Diversity of volunteer activities

CTL Ireland collaborates with a well-established organisation that operates over 20 centres in Ireland to support people with special needs. The organisation provides a range of support services to people with both physical and mental conditions. The aim of the organisation is to provide quality, person-centred services, which facilitate people with disabilities to live a life of their own choosing. This particular project provides short-term stays for people with special needs to allow them and their usual carer to take “a break” from their normal environment which is usually at their home. The atmosphere in the project is very warm, friendly and family orientated.

This project aims to provide volunteering opportunities that are fulfilling and engaging and allow volunteers to use their skills and talents to the greatest effect. All volunteers are trained before they begin to provide support and are valued for the time and effort they contribute. Volunteers will get to know a wide range of different service users who are aged 18 to 65.

Volunteer work:

At the beginning of the programme, volunteers are presented with the different possible tasks and they are asked what they would like to do. They will be given guidance and training by experienced staff members. The main task for the volunteers is to help the service users to arrange an enjoyable stay in the centre. Volunteers are primarily expected to socialise with residents, become friend with them, go out with them for activities such as shopping, cinema, restaurant, assisting them in using computers, playing games etc. That's their main role at the project and involves approximately 80% of their time. Volunteers also have the opportunity, if they wish so, to help with cleaning and cooking at the centre. Cooking and cleaning tasks are shared among all the staff members. Volunteers can also be involved in personal care if they wish to do so. Personal care would involve helping with eating, helping with dressing, washing and beauty routines, this would be done only with the presence of a staff member.

Volunteers work 5 to 7h per day, 5 days per week. They are working on shifts which are starting either at 8.30am or 3pm. Volunteers have 2 days off per week, not necessarily the week end. The can ask in advance to have days off together if they wish to travel.

There are usually 2 international volunteers at the same time at the project; additionally there are also local volunteers and there might be other international volunteers in other projects from the same organisation with who they can link and meet during their free time.

The projects are looking for friendly, open-minded, mature and team-focused volunteer with a genuine interest in working with adults with disabilities.


Newbridge is a small town in Co. Kildare, with a population of about 20,000 people. The town has excellent rail links both to most areas of Ireland. It is situated on the main Dublin-Cork railway line and connects the town to Dublin and the main cities and regions in Ireland such as Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Westport. A regular commuter train service operates between Newbridge and Dublin. There is a wide and diverse selection of shops, coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and bars in the town, including everything from the large international brands to long established local traders. Newbridge has a public library and an excellent Arts Centre. There are also a sports centre (with both indoor and outdoor facilities), three gyms, two swimming pools, and numerous sports and leisure clubs. The Liffey Linear Park provides a first class outdoor amenity for walking and relaxation alongside the River Liffey.

Typical day

7.45 Breakfast

8.30 Volunteer work starts, activities include:

  • Socialising with residents
  • Going out with residents for shopping, restaurant or cinema
  • Assisting residents in playing games, using computer
  • Optional: helping with cleaning, cooking and personal care

15.30 Volunteer work ends

From 15.30 onwards: free time (includes dinner on site)

Free-time activities

During their free time, volunteers can discover Newbridge town and the surrounding picturesque County Kildare or visit Dublin which is less than one hour away from Newbridge by public transportation. Most of the volunteers also use their free time to explore other locations such as Kilkenny, Belfast, Galway and the wild West coast of Ireland.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV, medical certificate and criminal background check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteer need to have a genuine interest in working with adults with disabilities and should preferably have some previous experience of community or social involvement in their own community.Volunteers need to be friendly, open-minded, flexible, outgoing, mature and team-focused. An intermediate level of English is required.
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with CTL Ireland straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

What's Included

Services by CTL Ireland

Cost Includes:

  • Pick up in Cork airport
  • 1st night in hostel shared accommodation in Cork city
  • Orientation day with CTL Ireland staff
  • Transfer to project
  • All Meals from day 2
  • Accommodation at project
  • Ongoing support from project mentor
  • Assistance and back up support from CTL Ireland staff
  • 24/7 emergency support
Return transfer not included.

Airport Pickup at Cork Airport

Pick up is included for participants arriving in Cork airport. Participants arriving in another airport will be provided with all necessary information.


On their first night, volunteers are staying in a hostel in Cork city (dorm room). From day 2, volunteers are living on the project facilities. They usually have their own bedroom which is comfortable and spacious and have access to Wi-Fi internet on site. 

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages
Food is provided by the project. A communal kitchen is used by staff and volunteers who usually prepare meals together. Volunteers can cook their own food if they wish.
Drinks include tea, coffee, milk, tap watter
Food include meat/fish, vegetables, bred, cereals etc. Vegetarians are welcome.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cork Airport (ORK) in Cork. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ireland.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ireland provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Ireland you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ireland.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

2020 Arrival Dates:

Jan 6

February 3

March 2nd

April 6th

May 11th

June 8th

July 6th and 20th

August 3rd

September 7th

October 5th

November 9th

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
6 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
6 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,995
7 weeks
$ 2,165
8 weeks
$ 2,295
10 weeks
$ 2,535
12 weeks
$ 2,755
14 weeks
$ 2,985
16 weeks
$ 3,215
20 weeks
$ 3,675
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,135
Average fees
$ 252 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. CTL Ireland will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with CTL Ireland during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Helping People with Special Needs

Help people with special needs to live a life of their own choosing and get immersed in the Irish culture.


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