Volunteer with Camara and make a difference.

Our volunteers are at the very core of what we do and have been since the beginning. Find out what it’s like to work with a dynamic social enterprise, learn valuable skills and give your career a boost. Whether you’re looking to gain hands on practical skills in our computer workshop or take up one of our office volunteer positions, we’d love to hear from you.

Refurbishing Computers

Camara provides structured placements to those who have recently completed a PC Maintenance or similar course and welcome applications for those seeking work experience. Our partners include National College Ireland, Fast Track to IT, IT Tallaght and IT Carlow amongst others, and we work closely with placement advisors to ensure positions are relevant and appropriate for students.

Have you got a positive attitude but lack technical skills? If so, we have other opportunities in the workshop that may suit you. Whilst on the job, informal training can help those with little technical expertise and give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of the work we do.

 

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We are now recruiting for:

Workshop Technician

ROLE TITLE: Workshop Technician

REPORTING TO: Workshop Manager

LOCATION: Chapelizod Industrial Estate, Dublin 20

PURPOSE OF ROLE:

Camara Education is an Irish registered Charity dedicated to improving education through technology. This role is to support Camara in processing the computers in the Dublin workshop so that they are ready for shipment to Africa.

KEY TASKS:

  • Hardware specification investigations (BIOS)
  • Testing operatibility of PCs
  • Upgrading hardware specification
  • Loading software and activating software keys
  • Recovering computer components
  • Loading and unloading computer equipment deliveries
  • Cleaning and boxing the IT equipment
  • Training other volunteers in hardware maintenance
  • General workshop maintenance and logistics

DESIRABLE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE: 

  • Enthusiasm and commitment to Camara
  • PC maintenance qualification desirable but not essential
  • Flexible approach to tasks

TIME COMMITMENT:

Commitment of a minimum of 13 hours per week, over 2 days needed.

To apply email stephanienolan@camara.org to arrange a workshop tour.

Come along to the Workshop

Every Tuesday at 10:30am we give tours to those looking for volunteer placements or work experience in our Chapelizod, Dublin workshop. We’ll show you how our workshop operates and what a placement involves. To find out more send an email to stephanienolan@camara.org

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 Internships and Office Positions

Camara offers internships and volunteering opportunities throughout the year. Our interns and volunteers include college students, recent graduates and unemployed skilled workers. In return for their time and expertise, Camara offers individuals the opportunity to find out what it’s like to work with a dynamic and innovative organisation and to gain real work experience in their field. Volunteers bring passion, commitment, and new perspectives to Camara, which is vital for the development of the organisation and Camara gains enormous benefit from the contributions of supporters.

Click here to see the types of roles which Camara regularly recruit for .pdf

Positions which we are recruiting for now:

Media & Communications Intern

Camara Education is an international charity that uses technology to deliver 21st century skills and improve education in disadvantaged communities around the world. Over the last 10+ years Camara has proven to be a highly successful and scalable organisation with a reputation for its entrepreneurial spirit and innovative social enterprise business model.

Intern Role Description

This is an exciting and rewarding position with the following responsibilities:

  • Managing and growing Camara Education’s online presence on social media channels,including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn
  • Preparing press releases and news articles for internal and external publication
  • Managing Camara’s public relations calendar, organising press events and liaising with key media contacts
  • Liaising with internal departments and assist with their communication needs
  • Coordinating Camara’s quarterly newsletter, collecting relevant material, editing and ensuring timely distribution by email
  • Looking at new ways to market Camara
  • Assisting in the implementation of Camara’s communication and branding strategies
  • Supporting the production of the Camara Annual Report

Experience Required:

  • Marketing and/or public relations qualification
  • Excellent copywriting skills
  • Ability to drive new ideas through to completion
  • Experience in marketing or communications
  • Excellent written/verbal skills – a confident and proactive communicator
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Excellent organisation and administrative skills
  • Enthusiasm and commitment
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Fluent English

Requirement education:

  • Bachelor’s

Additional Information:

This is a full-time (flexible hours for the right candidate), unpaid internship

Start date from September 2016 

How to Apply:

Please include a Cover Letter with your CV outlining relevant experience for this intern role and why you wish to intern with Camara Education – email to stephanienolan@camara.org.

 

TechSpace - Youth & Community Development Intern

Camara Ireland is a vibrant, award winning social enterprise and is the Irish education hub of the international development organisation Camara Education (www.camara.org). It aims to facilitate high quality education through technology and training to schools, youth organisations and community organisations by supplying low cost professional development training and technology. It does this by delivering three programmes of work: TechSpace Programme, Schools Programme and LearnStorm.

Intern Role Description

We are seeking an enthusiastic and reliable individual to work on the TechSpace Programme. This intern role is to develop and support TechSpace’s education programme, training and events in 2016. The successful candidate will be provided with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the education sector, meet an array of individuals and organisations throughout the TechSpace Network, develop experience in coordinating national opportunities and events whilst upskilling in the developing world of ICT in education and STEAM (science, technology, education, art and math).

What’s Involved?

  • Taking the lead on creating an online national support network for the new ‘TechSpace Starter’ initiative
  • Supporting the growing TechSpace Network through online tools
  • Supporting the TechSpace team to carry out large scale opportunities and events
  • Be part of the team to produce the Creative Tech Fest, our annual celebration event
  • Driving TechSpace social media channels forward

Experience Required:

  • Experience working in education, non-formal or formal.
  • Experience in working with volunteers and staff.
  • Experience in events management.
  • Qualification in Level 8 or more.
  • Experience in use of creative software in digital media, graphic design helpful, but not necessary.

Useful Skills & Interests:

  • Transforming and enhancing education in Ireland.
  • Youth development.
  • ICT in education and 21st century learning.
  • Events management.
  • Training and education.
  • Social media campaigns.

Requirements:

  • Work flexible hours.
  • Take part in an office dynamic and work with the Camara Ireland team
  • Often working online to support the TechSpace Team and Network
  • Travel with members of the team to visit sites throughout the country, take part in training or deliver opportunities and events

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, unpaid internship.

Start date from July 2016 and until December 2016.

Hours of work 9.30am – 5.30pm with occasional evening / weekend hours involved.

How to Apply:

Please include a Cover Letter with your CV outlining relevant experience for this intern role and why you wish to work with the TechSpace Programme – email to stephanienolan@camara.org.

 

We are very lucky in Camara to have so many people interested in volunteering with us, and so are not always in a position to offer a volunteer place immediately. If you would like to find out about new roles, follow us on social media where we post all our up and coming positions, or  sign up to our Quarterly Newsletter at the bottom of the page and we will keep you up to date with what’s happening at Camara.

For more information on all positions contact Stephanie at stephanienolan@camara.org or call (01) 652 2668.

Volunteer stories

Camara Education is fortunate to have so many dedicated people who give their time for free, to support the work we do. Volunteers bring a diverse range of skills, knowledge and expertise to the Camara team. Volunteers include college students, unemployed skilled workers and recent graduates using their knowledge at Camara to obtain further work experience.

Meet our volunteers

Sally Wu

Sally Wu

Business Development Intern

Sally is from Hong Kong and volunteered for 6 weeks as part of her University requirements for graduating.

‘‘The work Camara is doing is meaningful—it can help the needy in the local area and in Africa. I feel like I have helped them indirectly. I enjoyed contacting potential donors, since I could interact with them and tell about the work Camara is doing. It was also rewarding to follow up the donations, as I frequently received positive feedback of Camara’s work—it motivated me to do better in my job. I have improved my communication skills e.g. how to write a professional email and call potential donors. While working in Camara, I felt like I was a part of a big family. We helped each other and we worked as a team. The most satisfying aspect about my role was arranging collections and then receiving the equipment. I think the most valuable aspect was contacting donors and working with people from different places, as we could have cultural exchange in the office”

Nigel Hildebrand

Nigel Hildebrand

Workshop Volunteer

Nigel is from Ireland and is volunteering with Camara since 2010. He works at the Dublin Workshop.

“I started volunteering with Camara as I wanted to learn new IT skills and at the same time contribute to the goals of Camara. I like the job satisfaction the role provides in successfully repairing/refurbishing laptops. I also appreciate the learning curve—it never ends and always satisfies. There’s something new to learn almost every day in Camara with either hardware or software. Before joining Camara, opening a laptop would have been out of the question. Now, routinely, we change screens, hard drives, ram and keyboards, in addition to solving driver or other software issues. It’s great to share knowledge and skills with other (newer) volunteers and see them benefit from it. The most satisfying aspect of my role is to prepare the product to as high a standard as possible and meet delivery deadlines. One of the great things about Camara is that the training is often carried out by other volunteers and is always freely shared. Both staff and volunteers alike definitely make me feel like a valuable member of the organisation.”

David Sheehan

David Sheehan

Media and Communications Officer

Having worked in finance for over ten years David made the big decision to change careers and completed a post-grad in Public Relations before taking up a 6 month internship with Camara as the Media and Communications Officer. This is what he had to say about his role. “While many internships in PR can revolve around doing very menial tasks, the role at Camara is very hands-on. From day one I was given projects to work on which were solely my responsibility. With such a small number of employees in the office, everyone really has to take ownership of their own jobs, so it is a great opportunity to prove myself in a new role and develop new skills.” You can read David’s blog here.
Glykeria Koletti

Glykeria Koletti

Marketing and Business Administration Assistant

Gly is from Greece and volunteered for 6 months as part of the Erasmus Program.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how I feel about Camara. It was a great journey that lasted only six months, but I will remember it forever. The people are amazing. The most satisfying aspect about my role was the diversity­—I got to work with lots of different people and do different things. The people I worked with were very willing to teach me. Angelo (our IT manager) was amazing—he took so much time to teach me. My IT skills and English have improved a lot, and experiencing a collaborative working environment first-hand was an invaluable experience.”

 

Martina Hynes

Martina Hynes

Business Development Officer

My name is Martina Hynes and I joined Camara Education last February 2016 as a volunteer. I chose to volunteer with Camara because I believe in the cause and the work Camara Education does.

After spending 3 months in South Africa and also some time in Moldova in Childrens’ Homes, I was able to see that none of the children had access to computers, and that they had very little learning material available, whilst their happiness and eagerness to learn was obvious. I also adopted a little girl from South Africa and helping Camara is as if I am doing my job to help change somehow the lives of the children I met. I wish I could do more to help to improve their lives. Volunteering with Camara has helped me a lot in developing new office skills. I feel very rewarded and positive, as I have been able to contribute good ideas to improve the work processes.

Eddie O’Reilly

Eddie O’Reilly

Workshop Technician

Eddie started work with Camara a year ago, having been offered a place on the Tús back-to-work scheme. Eddie’s role sees him log every computer that comes through the door of the Chapelizod workshop into the Camara database. It’s a hectic role which keeps him on his toes. “I’d say I’ve logged somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 computers since I’ve started here. I’ve really enjoyed my time here. I’m gonna be sending out some CVs soon, and hopefully something comes up. Everyone here has been great and I’ll definitely miss it when I leave. Hopefully Jim (workshop manager) gives me a good reference.” Read more about Eddie here

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Volunteer Policies

Read the policies that guide us

Volunteer policy

Camara recognises that in order to achieve our goals we need to involve volunteers. We regard volunteers as a valuable resource and encourage them to get involved at all levels of the organisation and within all appropriate activities. We aim to train, support and supervise our volunteers to the best of our abilities and to act quickly and fairly if difficulties arise.

The aim of this policy is to communicate the commitment of Camara and to ensure that there is adherence to best practice for working with volunteers.

Camara Volunteer Policy (0.1MB | PDF)

 

Volunteer Grievance Policy
Camara recognise that volunteers have the right to raise grievances about any matter related to their volunteering (this could be in relation to another volunteer, a member of the paid staff, or the manner in which they are being treated by Camara).

The welfare of its volunteers is of paramount importance to Camara. The grievance procedure is in place to ensure that all volunteers are dealt with in a fair manner.

Volunteer Grievance Policy (0.3MB | PDF)

Volunteer Disciplinary Procedure

Camara recognise that the object of disciplinary procedures is to give clear guidelines to the organisation’s volunteers in the establishment of standards of conduct, and in the effective operation of the services provided by Camara.

The procedures aim is to ensure that the standards are adhered to and that those involved in the disciplinary matter are dealt with in a fair manner.

Volunteer Disciplinary Procedure (0.3MB | PDF)

 

Diginity at work policy
Camara is fully committed to implementing and promoting measures to protect the dignity of employees and volunteers and to encourage respect for fellow colleagues. This is achieved by creating a work environment free from harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, racism and disrespectful behaviour, by dealing effectively with any complaints of such conduct, and also by welcoming diversity and promoting employment/volunteering equality.

Diginity at work policy (0.1MB | PDF)

Child Protection Policy

Camara are committed to providing a a Child-Friendly and Child-Safe environment in all aspects of it’s business. See full Policy here.

Child Protection Policy (0.1MB | PDF)

 

Equal Opportunities Policy
Camara is committed to policies and practices that provide equality of opportunity for all, protect the dignity of employees and volunteers and promote respect for others at work. All employees/volunteers are required to take personal and individual responsibility to comply with these policies in order to ensure they behave in a non-discriminatory way, and do not participate in any acts of inappropriate behaviour, harassment or bullying.

Equal Opportunities Policy (0.1MB | PDF)

Volunteer Travel Expenses Policy, Ireland
Volunteers give their time and skills free of charge, however Camara will reimburse any out of pocket travel expenses you may incur in the course of undertaking voluntary work for the organisation, provided these have previously been agreed upon by your supervisor.
Please note, Camara do not reimburse any travel expenses to and from the Camara workshop.

Volunteer Travel Expenses Policy (0.2MB | PDF)

Health and Safety Statement

Camara adheres to all health and safety legislation to provide a healthy work environment, as far as is practicable and as set out in the company Health and Safety Statement. Employees and volunteers also have responsibilities for their own safety and should be aware of these.

Health and Safety Statement (0.7MB | PDF)

 

Environmental Policy

Camara regards environmental protection as an integral and essential part of good business practice. We are committed to achieving and maintaining a high standard of environmental quality in all of our operations, to the protection of health and the environment and are determined to minimise any adverse impacts as a result of our activities.

Environmental Policy (0.03MB | PDF)