Desney Cromey was our first volunteer. In 1965 Corrymeela founder Ray Davey sent her to Ballycastle with one task – “Go and see what needs to be done!” And for the last fifty years our volunteers from around the world have been doing exactly that.
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Corrymeela is currently recruiting for volunteers to join our Centre Support and Volunteer Support Team for a period of 1–2 years. This team is a key part of our overall centre and volunteering system. The team’s core focus is to work in direct support of the daily operations of the Centre and contribute to the smooth running of the Volunteering Programme. A core element of this will be to contribute to and model out with our staff, guests and volunteers the ethos of Living Well Together. This ethos acts as the core aspiration for our common commitment to the work of reconciliation. We’re looking for mature individuals who love getting deep with people and projects, who also have an interest in giving a lead to a community of young people whilst sharing a community house together. The membership of the team will naturally vary across age, gender, nationality and experience and so the specific focus of each individual team member’s tasks and capacities will also vary.
The deadline for applications is 12 Noon on Friday 17th March 2017 with interviews being held the week of 27th March. The start date will be discussed with successful applicants.
If interested in this position, please contact our Volunteering Office email@example.com for more information.
Long Term Volunteer Programme (Residential Role at the Ballycastle Centre)
The 2017–2018 LTV Programme begins in September and extends through August.
We are currently recruiting for 12 young adult volunteers aged between 18–30. The deadline for applications is Monday 8th May 2017. Interviews will commence beginning the week of Monday 15th May.
If interested in this position, please contact our Volunteering Office firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Mid Term Volunteer Programme (Residential Role at the Ballycastle Centre)
We particularly welcome applications from older volunteers and religious workers.
We aim to recruit 4–8 MTVs between our January – March timeframe, April – June timeframe, July – August timeframe and September to December timeframe. The deadline for each time frame is ideally 2–4 months prior in order to allow time for visas and police background checks to be processed. However if you are an EU or local volunteer the deadline for applying may be more flexible.
We are currently recruiting for our April – June 2017 cycle of mid–term volunteers. The deadline for applications is rolling throughout the year.
If you are interested in this position, please contact our Volunteering Office email@example.com for more information.
Short Term Volunteer Programme
Applications are rolling throughout the year
We welcome applications from European citizens (or those with the right to remain in the UK) interested in volunteering for between 1 day and three months. Residential volunteering is subject to availability. Applications from other international volunteers will always be considered but opportunities are more limited.
To find our more about available opportunities please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack. Currently all residential volunteers must be over 18 unless accompanied by a parent.
Kitchen Intern (Residential Role at the Ballycastle Centre)
As a residential voluntary member of the lived community you will assist the Lead Cook & Kitchen Team in the fulfilment of their duties supported and guided by the Hospitality Manager.
More about Volunteering at Corrymeela:
Many of our volunteers have been working on the site for decades, generously giving time and service to the work. Volunteering opportunities range from a few hours to a few days for short term volunteering, a few weeks to a few months for mid–term volunteering, and a year or two for long term volunteering.
Corrymeela seeks to be an open village where all are welcome and that is the core of volunteering. We make groups and individuals welcome and we model a different way of being. We believe that people can learn to live and work well together and the volunteer role in this is vital.
Volunteers still need to “go and see what needs to be done,” but there are some regular tasks that will be part of the job. That includes welcoming visitors, preparing and serving meals, housekeeping, working alongside programme staff in elements of the programme design and delivery, administrative tasks and special projects relating to role or skills set.
Volunteers get the chance to really invest in the lived community of Corrymeela. This is challenging as volunteers attempt to live and learn well together in a community house while not falling out over the dishes!
The minimum age for a residential volunteer is 18. Beyond that, all that is required is enthusiasm, motivation, willingness to learn, and sympathy with our ethos. Volunteers are supported through induction and training programmes during their time here. Corrymeela welcomes applications from volunteers of all nationalities, ages, faiths, sexual orientation and abilities. It is not required that volunteers be Christian. For some volunteer and intern positions specific skills are needed. Residential volunteers receive all meals and accommodation for the duration of their volunteering with Corrymeela.