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 young, 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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Positions currently available

Workshop Technician
Please email hester@camara.org to check availability. Priority places will be given to those looking for full time placements.

Workshop Technician Role Description. pdf

Come along to the Workshop

Every Tuesday 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 hester@camara.org

Contact and location details for Camara in Ireland »

 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 and Communications Officer - Available through JobBridge

ROLE TITLE: Media and Communications Officer

ROLE TYPE: Unpaid internship – Available through JobBridge

REPORTING TO: Communications Manager

LOCATION: Chapelizod Industrial Estate, Dublin 20

THE ORGANISATION:
Camara is an international charity that uses technology to deliver 21st century skills
and improve education in disadvantaged communities around the world. Over the
last 9 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.

PURPOSE OF ROLE:
The Media & Communications Officer will will drive Camara’s communications and
public relations strategy to increase brand awareness and highlight Camara’s
activities in Africa, Ireland and Haiti.

KEY TASKS:
● Assist in the implementation of Camara’s communication strategy
● Support the production of the Camara Annual Report
● Draft press releases and news articles for internal and external publication
● Manage and grow Camara’s online presence through social media platforms
● Manage Camara’s public relations calendar, organising press events, and
liaising with key media contacts
● Liaise with internal departments and assist with their communications needs
● Coordinate Camara’s Quarterly Newsletter, collecting relevant material,
editing and ensuring timely distribution by email.

PERSON SPECIFICATION:
We are looking for a confident and creative communicator to join the Camara team.
They will be enthusiastic, proactive and able to work on their own initiative.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE:
● Marketing and/or public relations qualification.
● Excellent copywriting skills.
● Strong knowledge and understanding of different social media platforms
● Ability to drive new ideas through to completion
● Experience in marketing or communications
● Excellent written/verbal skills – a confident and proactive communication● Proficiency in Microsoft Office
● Excellent organisation and administrative skills
● Enthusiasm and commitment
● Ability to work autonomously
● Fluent English

COMMITMENT OF TIME:
35 hours per week for 6/9 months.

APPLICATION:
CV and cover letter to hester@camara.org

CLOSING DATE: Friday 13th February

START DATE: February (flexible for the right candidate)

Executive Assistant

INTERN ROLE PROFILE

ROLE TITLE: Executive Assistant to CEO

ROLE TYPE: Unpaid internship

REPORTING TO: Camara Education CEO

LOCATION: Chapelizod Industrial Estate, Dublin 20

ABOUT CAMARA:

Camara is a social enterprise that uses technology to improve the standard of education in disadvantaged and under resourced communities, in Ireland, Africa, Haiti and Jamaica. We take in used computers, refurbish and load them with educational software, before they are dispatched to set-up eLearning centres in schools around the world. Our teacher training programmes help ensure the computers are fully utilised in the classroom and students gain valuable digital literacy and livelihood skills.

PURPOSE OF ROLE:

We are looking for a dynamic individual to join the Camara team to provide support to our CEO. This will include managing external communications, providing administrative support and event management.

  • Handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Assisting in preparing board reports
  • Event management
  • Preparing PowerPoint presentations
  • Screening and dealing with emails and phone call
  • Managing relationships in confidence on behalf of the Directors including clients, staff and external parties
  • Complex diary management
  • Coordinating travel arrangements
  • Other ad hoc duties as required

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic and confident with strong interpersonal communication skills. Self-motivated with a proactive attitude to implementing solutions and problem solving.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE:

  • Ability to multitask and to use initiative
  • Responsive and flexible approach to work, with a “can-do” attitude
  • Friendly, positive and trustworthy individual
  • High level of conscientiousness and confidentiality
  • A keen eye for detail and accuracy
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint is essential
  • Fluent English speaker

COMMITMENT OF TIME:

3/6 months, 30 hours per week – Flexible for the right candidate

TO APPLY: Send CV and cover note to hester@camara.org

Administrative Support

ROLE TITLE: Administrative Support

REPORTING TO: Shared Services Manager

LOCATION: Chapelizod Industrial Estate, Dublin 20

PURPOSE OF ROLE:
The main purpose of this role is to support Camara in various administrative
processes and be on hand to meet with visitors to the Camara workshop.

KEY TASKS:
● Receiving and making telephone calls.
● Entering data into Salesforce data base
● Completing stock takes
● Creating/Updating spreadsheets and word documents
● Calling suppliers for quotes/orders
● Filing / Archiving files
● Sending out invoices
● Following up outstanding payments
● Bank/Post Office run
● Tracking donations and sending receipt/thank you letters to donor
● Various other admin duties

COMMITMENT OF TIME:
19.5 hours per week

PERSON SPECIFICATION:
The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, motivated, proactive and also able to work
on own initiative. Good communication skills are also important.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE:
● Excellent office and IT skills – proficient in using Microsoft word/excel
● Excellent telephone manner.
● Advanced Business English level.
● Proficient in email writing to business English level
● Organised and attentive to detail.
● Excellent interpersonal skills
● Friendly and enjoys working as part of a team.
● Good time keeping
● Commitment to the ethos of Camara

COMMITMENT OF TIME:

3 months, 20 hours per week – Flexible for the right candidate

TO APPLY: Send CV and cover note to hester@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, Hester at hester@camara.org or call (01) 652 2668.

Volunteer videos and stories

Camara are 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

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.

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

Annie Chamberlain

Annie Chamberlain

Marketing and Communications Officer

Annie took up an 8 week placement with Camara helping out with everything from marketing to graphic design! “Working at Camara combines many of my interests. I am eager to develop my business skills, but I also have a keen interest in education and the non-profit sector. How amazing is it to gain experience in your field, all while working in a different culture and working towards such an amazing social initiative? I can’t think of better motivation than to know the work you’re doing contributes to such a great cause. I have learned a great deal and felt a part of the Camara family right away. The Camara team was great at getting me involved in projects that combined my current skills and experience with what I wanted to learn and take away from my internship.”

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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)