Corrymeela is an ecumenical Christian community, and Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organization. For over 50 years we have been transforming division through human encounter. Long associated with cross-community work in response to The Troubles, we continue to work with groups around sectarianism, marginalization, legacies of conflict, and public theology.
Corrymeela is an ecumenical Christian community, and Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organization. For over 50 years, we have been transforming division through human encounter. Long associated with cross-community work in response to The Troubles, we continue to work with groups around sectarianism, marginalization, legacies of conflict, and public theology.
Corrymeela’s work is supported through volunteers, and we benefit annually from over 80,000 volunteer work hours: from community members, guests, day-visitors, and residential volunteers who stay for anything from a few days through to an entire year. In particular, Corrymeela seeks Long Term Volunteers. Our Long Term Volunteer Team is made up of young adults (up to age 30) who can commit a year of service and learning. Please contact the BVS coordinator in Europe, and see the Corrymeela website for more information about the requirements and application process, which is in addition to the BVS application. Deadlines and current openings are also posted on the website.
The Long Term Volunteer experience takes place over a year. Volunteers live in community on our residential site in the beautiful north coast region of Northern Ireland. Communal life is its own learning experience, where volunteers learn more about the dynamics of shared living space, peaceful conflict resolution and strengthening of relationships through communication. The work carried out by volunteers throughout the year entails working in service to the center supported by trained staff members in the area of hospitality, which includes kitchen and housekeeping duties. Volunteers also work alongside highly skilled program facilitators to deliver our peace and reconciliation residential programs. Volunteers learn valuable skills while helping to lead groups, facilitate activities for all ages, and accompany participants in their program schedule.
In addition to this ongoing work, LTVs participate in weekly training, reflective supervision, and learning about the work of reconciliation. When volunteers leave, they are able to apply skills for transforming division through human encounter in their own professional contexts, whether in reconciliation, education, faith leadership, or industry. Rooted in a Christian theology of inclusion and welcome, Corrymeela is open to people of all faiths and none.
We expect volunteers to participate in and creatively contribute to the rhythm of life at the center. All volunteers should be able to demonstrate the following: a commitment to the ethos of Corrymeela, the ability to share in our Christian commitment to reconciliation, an understanding of the dynamics of living and working in community, the ability to balance community and individual needs, and the ability to initiate and complete tasks without constant supervision. Volunteers should possess good communication and interpersonal skills, experience with working and cooperating as part of a team, and capability to work with groups in a leadership role.
Please read the statement about volunteering overseas in the FAQ section