Get Involved

Friends From Ireland rely on volunteer support
Friends From Ireland rely on volunteer  support to continue  programmes that are transforming the lives of children in the poorest communities in  Africa.There are so many ways you can help them by fundraising, joining a project or by just supporting some of our events. You dont have to be a project volunteer to help. Perhaps you might have time to help at a collection event, sell a few horses for a racenight, raise a few euro in the ladies Mini Marathon or just fill out a sponsorship card. If you have looked through our website you will have seen the huge impact that FFI volunteers have had on the communities that they have worked in. Why not join in? You never know where such a little step will take you.
  • Do you have 2 weeks to spare?
  • Are you a hard-working, adaptable team-player?
  • Are you a teacher, a nurse or someone with general skills?
  • Would you like to contribute to community development projects that help vulnerable children and their communities in Africa?
  • Are you up for the adventure of immersing yourself in a completely different culture?

If you answered ‘YES’ to these questions, read on to find out why volunteering with Friends From Ireland could be for you! Short-term volunteering offers a unique opportunity to travel and experience a new culture whilst giving a little something back to communities in need.


If you have ever thought about getting involved, but thought that you had nothing to offer in the way of building experience, think again. There is work for everyone willing to do it. Each project sees new volunteers joining some who have already been away with us. All are welcome once they have no fear of work. Age, ability or experience are not a factor once you are healthy and willing to work in a team. There is work for everyone and previous building experience, although a plus, is not required.

Who can volunteer?

Volunteer placements are allocated subject to the suitability of the applicant.

  • You must submit an application form and be available for an informal chat.
  • You must be available to attend all pre-trip induction and a reunion meeting after your return home.

Qualities we are looking for in volunteers

  •  Great interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team.
  • An open mind and willingness to learn.
  • Common sense, resourcefulness and maturity.
  • Flexibility to adapt to unfamiliar situations.
  • A developed sense of empathy.
  • A grounded attitude and realistic expectations of what can be achieved in a 2 week

What else is required?

  • Volunteers are required to fundraise a minimum amount, all of which goes directly to FFI projects.
  • Volunteers must obtain all required travel vaccinations and anti-malaria drugs before departure.
  • Volunteers must attend all pre-departure induction and training sessions.

What’s included?

Friends From Ireland looks after you during your time in Africa. We provide airport transfers, transport for work-related local travel, secure accommodation including bed and full board, water and electricity. The cost of living in Africa is low, so your trip should be relatively cheap once you have arrived in the country.

Safaris & Excursions

Kenya is a visually stunning country. Weekend options include going on a safari, trekking and much more. Please note that such excursions are run by private tour operators. The price and availability of theses trips vary on each project. Their availability is not guaranteed and is subject to the project timeline.