Certificate in Volunteering – Athlone Institute of Technology

“Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world” – Nelson Mandela

The Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (ONE) has an educational opportunity for Veterans – are you interested in learning?

A Certificate in Volunteering with the Dept of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) is an opportunity not to miss.

Aim of the Programme:
This unique programme sets out to recognise and reward the great contribution so many are making in society through their efforts in a voluntary capacity. It also seeks to assist them through the creation of a common language and understanding of the dynamics of volunteerism.

**Participants must currently be engaged in volunteering to be eligible to attend as the assessment will be around your practice in that volunteering role. The minimum volunteering time required to pass the module is 40 hours or three or four hours per week over one semester.**

Programme Content:
The theory of volunteerism and the contribution of volunteerism to the benefit of society.
The role of volunteering organisations (charities, sporting and other)
Volunteerism-preparation, planning, project design and management in the volunteer domain
Self-awareness, reflection and reflective practice
Motivation, teams and teamwork
Social, political, ethical and legal considerations regarding volunteering
Fundraising, legal and ethical management of funding raised
Social Inequalities and power dynamic issues for host groups and communities
Experiential learning as a volunteer, personal development, debriefing and professional boundaries
Personal healthcare, self-care and security including personal time management and planning

Assessment is based on the student’s reflective report and presentation and not the outcome or impact of the volunteering activity.

The ONE Board of Directors has agreed to support (subvent) 10 members of ONE with €50 of the €95 course fee. If you are interested in taking part in this 12-week online course (commencing in September 2021) please contact Paul Cooley at paul@oneconnect.ie or on 01 4850666 with your contact details (name, mobile and email).

Further information can be found here: 

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