There are nearly too many opportunities to choose from when it comes to voluntary work. If you are thinking of going abroad, it's probably best to go through a volunteer travel company rather than independently. While choosing this route will cost more, it's definitely worth it as the company will provide contacts for support and advice and find you a project where you really can make a difference.
Prices will vary depending on what is included in the package, the location and the type of project (there is more demand for certain projects). If you (like most people in the recession) are finding it too difficult to save the required money but still want to make a positive impact somewhere, there are plenty of opportunities in Ireland for fundraising and charity work where you can make a difference as well as improve your CV.
Working in a charity has proved a popular career choice for graduates. Be warned though, job openings can be notoriously competitive. Try volunteering somewhere before applying for positions, it will show your motivation towards change and make you stand out from other graduate candidates.
Job roles in charity work could be specific to your degree or in general administrative areas and the work areas range from community development, poverty, homelessness, mental health or ecology/conservation.
Many graduates decide to take a gap year when they finish college. A gap year is a great way to see parts of the world that are not really possible while working. Not only that, but by careful planning a Gap Year can enhance your CV, give you time to think about your career options, and provide you with some life experiences that potential employers may find interesting at an interview.
Worthwhile opportunities available to graduates include volunteer projects, working with children or animals, teaching a language, or internships in businesses abroad. Think hard about what you want to achieve on your gap year and make sure that the option you take matches up.