Helping People with Special Needs

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Coordinator | Mallory
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Placement with the leading organisation of supported accommodation for people with special needs in Ireland
Cultural immersion in a local community environment
Highly experienced staff and project mentor
Warm and friendly atmosphere!
Diversity of volunteer activities
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+
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. CTL collaborates with different projects across the country. 

Many of the residents have long-term physical disabilities. These disabilities do not prevent service users from leading independent lives in the community. 

These projects aim 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 35 to 80.

Volunteer work:

People with disabilities at the project benefit from the involvement of the volunteers because they have opportunities to engage in social, recreational and community activities. As part of the programme, volunteers interact with every resident to agree how as volunteer they can support the resident as a person with a disability. 

The volunteer will be involved in different activities that take place for the residents inside and outside the home. They will:

- accompany people visiting family and friends

- go on shopping trips

- go to evening entertainment like cinema and pub

- Assist with the in house programme which includes, Bingo, Art Classes, Table Quizzes etc...


This helps the service users to socialise and integrate into the local community. In addition, residents are always grateful for help with small things like writing letters, tidying up, sitting and chatting etc.


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 days a week, shifts vary from 10.00am – 16.00hrs, 14.00hrs – 20.00hrs (subject to change) etc… Volunteers can choose their days off, and staff will try and accommodate the best they can.


Volunteers will be given guidance by staff around how best to work with vulnerable adults and how to support people with their specific disability.


All volunteers are trained to use all relevant equipment for their role.  They would gain an insight into the skills necessary to communicate with people with disabilities. They would also discover the limitations that people with disabilities face, and learn how to support them through enablement, that is, supporting them without further disabling them, by encouraging them to do what they can for themselves

There are usually 1 to 4 international volunteers at the same time at the project and a large number of local staff; there will also be other international volunteers in other projects from the same organisation in other host communities 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.


Various location around the country, contact us for more details

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 nearby towns and the surrounding picturesque countryside. 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 on arrival
  • 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. Bedding, towels, basic toiletries, hairdryer, laundry and cleaning products are provided. 

Food & Beverages
Food is provided by the project. Volunteers can avail of the main meal and "evening tea" prepared in theproject. Volunteers sometimes have the possibility to cook their own meals 
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

2023 Start dates

January 9th

February 13th

March 6th

April 3rd  

May 8th  

May 29th

June 12th

July 3rd    

July 17th

July 31st

September 4th

October 2nd

November 6th

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
8 weeks (min. stay)
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
12 weeks
13 weeks
14 weeks
15 weeks
16 weeks
17 weeks
18 weeks
19 weeks
20 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$212 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. 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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