Regardless of the fact that Ireland is experiencing an economic growth, it is still facing an unemployment rate of over 14%. Roughly five and a half percent of the population is living below the poverty line, and 40% of the population resides within 100 km of Dublin.
Ireland hosts over 7 million tourists (almost twice its own population) annually, so one can understand why volunteering is serious business in Ireland.
There are numerous volunteering options available in Ireland. It does not matter if you are interested in development issues, conservation or if you like to get involved on a personal level helping vulnerable individuals - there is plenty to do.
On the environmental front one can volunteer to help restore historical sites and estates. Jobs in this area include gardening, renovation and reconstruction. If however, you are a conservation enthusiast and an animal lover, then the ideal volunteer choice is the Dublin Zoo. Here volunteers educate visitors regarding the animals, environment and conservation! They also get to provide help with workshops, classes for children, and tours.
Roughly 3,000 people are homeless in Dublin, and some of them are families with small children. Help is needed in emergency centers, housing projects and transition homes. Aide in caring for the elderly is another worthy cause. Duties in this area include helping adults with physical or mental disabilities, teaching and conducting workshops.
These are just a few of the areas where volunteers are employed in Ireland.