Volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people, be part of community, expand on your learning, and best of all, to have fun.


ALIVE is NUI Galway's student volunteering programme dedicated to providing supports to students to engage in positive volunteering experiences. We help match student volunteers to the right roles, train student volunteers to gain the most from their experience, support and recognise student volunteers.

ALIVE connects students to charities, schools, hospitals, non-profit groups and communities through a wide range of volunteer roles that fits into student schedules and life. 

The programme helps students who want to develop tangible and transferable skills while they are gaining practical volunteering experience.

Volunteer Roles

Visit the ALIVE website to create your volunteer profile, learn about volunteering and sign up to volunteer. Log your volunteer hours and learning experiences to earn recognition.

ALIVE Volunteering Fair

Twice a year both campus based and local to international organisations exhibit in Aras na Mac Leinn to connect with students in order to:

  • Showcase volunteer opportunities
  • Demonstrate the work and career opportunities with the non-profit sector
  • Highlight community engagement and active citizenship

The President's Award for Students

Volunteering is celebrated at NUI Galway and we annually come together as a community to award volunteers and celebrate student engagement.

Learn more about the President's Award for Students


Where can you volunteer?

There is a wide range of volunteering opportunities available for NUI Galway students including,

  • Volunteering on campus
  • Volunteering off campus

Volunteering on campus

There are a number of ways you can volunteer on campus, including:

Volunteering off campus

As an NUI Galway student, you can volunteer with a huge variety of community organisations, in thematic areas like:

  • Education
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Environment/Animal Welfare
  • International
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Arts/Culture/Media
  • Human Rights/Social Justice
  • Community

We have a dedicated website to connect you with all these opportunities and enable you to build a portfolio of volunteering.

You can see the full list of volunteering opportunities at the ALIVE website here.

Learn more

For more information on ALIVE, contact:

Lorraine Tansey
Student Volunteer Coordinator

Visit the ALIVE office

You will find the ALIVE Office at the back of the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn.

T: +353 (0)91 495346
E: alive@nuigalway.ie

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 2-6pm