CTL Ireland

Charity Shop Helper

Clonmel, Ireland show on map

Agency | CTL Ireland

Support an Irish charitable organisation by helping in a charity shop and sorting office. A full immersion experience with homestay and a unique way to discover Ireland! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
50+

Ireland is a wonderful country; it is safe, friendly, English speaking, rich in heritage, history and culture. From vibrant, exciting cities to spectacular countryside – it’s a magical place to visit. It’s also a wonderful place to stay and immerse yourself doing meaningful volunteer work.


This charity shop is managed by one of the biggest voluntary charitable organisation in Ireland. This charity shop is located in Clonmel, the largest town in the County of Tipperary. The project has two locations in the town: a charity shop based on the main street and a sorting office where donations are sorted. Nearby the sorting office, there is also a furniture store, a bookshop and a bric-a-brac, all run by the charity. Volunteers can help in a number of areas in the two locations.

The income from the charity shop is the main source of revenue for a charity that visits and provides friendship and financial support to people living in poverty in the region. The work of this charity ensures that everyone can live with dignity. The charity depends on the time contributed by dedicated local volunteers.

Project Highlights:

  • Full Cultural immersion in an Irish community
  • Volunteer with one of the largest charitable organisation in Ireland
  • Unique host family experience
  • Friendly, relaxed and dynamic town
  • Diversity of volunteering activities and multiple learning opportunities 

Volunteer Work

Volunteers work from 9:30am to 4:30pm approximately each day and have 2 consecutive days off per which will usually be Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers generally share their time between the shop and the sorting area. Volunteer work depends on volunteer’s interest and the needs of the project.  Working in the sorting office can be “messy” work, e.g. moving furniture or sorting books or bags of donated clothes. Working in the shop front requires volunteers to be presentable to the public. Book sales are sometimes organised outside in summer in the centre of the town or at local events and festivals. Volunteers work alongside other local volunteers and are expected to be proactive on their placements and to use their initiative.

Volunteers can help in a number of areas:

In the shop:

  • Providing sales assistance to customers
  • Ensure goods are well displayed
  • Keep the shop clean and tidy

In the sorting office

  • Sorting donations into recycling and shop stock
  • Repairing donations
  • Steam cleaning shop stock clothing
  • Moving, cleaning and restoring furniture
  • Painting walls
  • Sorting and displaying books for sale
  • Sorting and displaying furniture

The project is supported by an employed coordinator but is primarily managed by a dedicated team of local volunteers who manage the activities of the sorting centre and shops in order to support their charitable work of home visitation and support for the poor in the local area.

Who are we looking for?

Volunteers are required to be adaptable, flexible people. The must be over 18 when the project starts. They will join a group of workers and local volunteers comprised of people from different backgrounds and different age group. Volunteers need to be able to partake in teamwork, but personal motivation, maturity and responsibility are also important. Any skills or experience with retail sales, particularly clothes or furniture is an advantage. Volunteers with an interest in DIY or an eye for interior design and decoration would be highly valued.

Volunteers joining the project should have at least an intermediate level of spoken English. This is a good project for participants to improve their English as they will be working side by side with other Irish volunteers.

 

Location

The charity shop project is located in Clonmel, County Tipperary. Clonmel town is a busy town that provides shopping and various services for people of the surrounding rural area. It has a population of about 18,000 people. It is located 2 ½ hours from the capital city Dublin and 1 ½ hours from Cork city. Clonmel is well served by bus and train services. The town is nestled in the Comeragh Mountains with the Knockmealdown Mountains to the South and legendary Slievenamon to the East. Hillwalking and cycling are popular local activities. There is always something happening in Clonmel, with frequent theatre, concerts, live music, art exhibitions and festivals.

Typical day

8.00 Breakfast at host family

9.30 Volunteer work starts

13.00 Lunch with other volunteers (pack lunch)

16.30 Volunteer work ends

Free time in the evening and dinner available at the host family

Details on Arrival

2018 Arrival Dates:

January 8

February 5

March 5

April 9

May 14

June 11

July 2 and 23

August 20

September 10

October 8

November 5

December 3

 

Arrival in Cork airport:

Participants are picked up by a driver who will be waiting with a sign displaying the participants’ name. Participants are transferred to a hostel, located in Cork city centre.

 

Arrival at different airport

Volunteers who arrived at a different airport (Dublin, Shannon, Kerry, Waterford) need to make their own way to Cork. It is very easy to join Cork city from Dublin airport as there are buses from just outside the arrival terminal in Dublin that go directly to Cork city centre. Detailed information on transfers to Cork will be provided by CTL Ireland.


First day and Overnight in Cork city

Volunteers stay at a pre-booked hostel for their first night in Cork city. The hostel is located in the city centre, a very short walk from all the shops and attractions of the city. After checking in, participants have some free time to rest and to discover Cork city. A welcome dinner is generally organised on the first night.


Second Day: Orientation and Transfer to Project

On the morning of their second day, participants will take part in a comprehensive orientation workshop which lasts 3 to 4 hours followed by a walking tour. Participants are then transferred to their project by public transportation.

Free-time activities

Volunteers have two days off per week. During their free time, volunteers can discover the country side around Clonmel, Tipperary region. They can visit famous attractions such as the Rock of Cashel Castle and Cahir Castle located in nearby towns. They can also discover cities such as Kilkenny, Cork or Dublin. There are also many events taking place in Clonmel all throughout the year. 

Swimming
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

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
Required Documents
CV and medical certificate and criminal background check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Flexible, adaptable, willing to interact with shop customers, self-motivated, at least intermediate level of English.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:30 - 16:30

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Before your journey

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On-site services

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

Homestay accommodation 

Ongoing support from local coordinator

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.
Accommodation

Volunteers will live in local host family accommodation allowing you to get a real sense of life in an Irish family and community. Meals will be provided along with a packed lunch as needed. Host families are based within walking distance of the project or near a public transport that allow the volunteer to reach the project easily. Family come in all shapes and sizes (e.g. parents and children, single host mother etc.)

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Host family provide breakfast, pack lunch and dinner.

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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ireland you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ireland.
Costs (Prices in USD)
3 weeks (min. stay)
$1,975.00
4 weeks
$2,235.00
5 weeks
$2,565.00
6 weeks
$2,925.00
7 weeks
$3,245.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$3,595.00
Average fees
$554.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Clonmel/Ireland between 3 weeks and 8 weeks. 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.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ireland.
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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