Is this module for you?Are you currently volunteering or volunteering in a leadership role? Or about to commence volunteering? Are you committed to a Cause? A Club? An Organisation? Would you like to develop & further your volunteering experiences? If you answered YES, to these, you should consider this module.
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up to make new trees”
The Institute runs two elective modules for students who engage regularly as volunteers within their community, to obtain Institute accreditation for their engagement. There is a very strong ethos of civic engagement within the Institute and it believes that students should be enabled to gain academic recognition for time spent assisting the work of community organisations.
The Community Service Initiative (CSI) is a module available to 2nd year students in semester 4.
Students take 2 lectures a week and one tutorial, and are expected to volunteer for a time span of 3 months. Theoretical elements involve learning how to become a 'civic servant', understanding the community and voluntary sector and gaining appreciation of active citizenship and social capital enhancement. Tutorials include small group discussion on pertinent volunteer engagement issues, and personal development exercises.
What organisations/clubs/agencies are acceptable?
Examples include the following (but is not exhaustive): Institute Sports clubs and Societies, the Cara Centre, Sport for Success, St. John of God ‘Helping Hands’, Peer Mentoring, Youth clubs, Jigsaw, Enable Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association, ISPCA, Special Olympics, Homework clubs, Active Retirement Clubs, Amnesty International, Scouts, Girl Guides, Community Sports clubs, Red Cross International Volunteering positions etc.
The Community Leadership Initiative (CLI) is a module available to 3rd year students in semester 5.
Students take 2 lectures a week and one tutorial, and are expected to volunteer in a leadership capacity for a period of a minimum of 3 months. The theoretical elements involve examining theories of leadership, its role in communities, active citizenship and social capital development. Tutorials include small group discussion on pertinent volunteer engagement issues and leadership capacity building exercises.