Department of Social Protection
Published on 8 May 2020
Last updated on 24 January 2023
A person is a Volunteer Development Worker (VDW) if they are working temporarily outside Ireland in a developing country and their work has been arranged through Irish Aid.
VDW’s who work in developing countries do not have to pay Social Insurance contributions while they are out of Ireland, subject to certain conditions.
They are awarded credited contributions for the duration of their absence, up to a total of 5 years, subject to certain conditions. For more information click here.
To qualify as a VDW you must be:
The work should be arranged through:
on behalf of Irish Aid,
confirms the credentials of the Sending Agency and confirms that a VDW is working on “Volunteer Terms”.
Following that process, Comhlámh contacts the Special Collection Section and takes note of the period of assignment.
Members of religious orders doing pastoral duties do not qualify for this scheme.
To apply, complete the form below:
Volunteer Development Worker Scheme (VOL DEV 1)
Application form for VDW Scheme
Volunteer Development Worker Scheme Booklet (SW15)
Your guide to The VDW Scheme (August 2020)
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