Trócaire is currently leading a consortium of Caritas organisations, along with Caritas Austria, as part of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, part funded by the European Commission (EACEA, DG-ECHO).
Ingrid Cuevas (12) and Emilia Fuentes (11) pictured in the Esquipulas Bordo (a slum built on a flood plain) in San Pedro Sula in Honduras. Trócaire are working with their partners CASM to educate residents on urban disaster risk reduction.
EU Aid Volunteers brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities.
The initiative provides opportunities for citizens from the EU to volunteer in humanitarian aid projects worldwide. There are also online volunteering opportunities. EU Aid Volunteers also supports humanitarian aid organisations by strengthening their capacity to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises.
Trócaire will deploy a total of 7 volunteers while Caritas Austria will deploy 6, to country offices and partner organisations in Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Philippines and Nepal.
Trócaire volunteers will also complete a 4 – 6 week apprenticeship in Trócaire’s head office in Maynooth, where they will become familiar with the organisation and prepare for their deployment.
The volunteers will spend between 6 and 15 months, in junior and senior positions, working on capacity building initiatives and projects across a number of areas including protection, resilience, communications, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.