International Volunteers

International volunteering in Belfast. How is it possible?

Tools for Solidarity cannot imagine its existence without international volunteers. Annually we host 7-9 International volunteers through Service civique and EIRENE programmes.

However, we are happy to welcome volunteers from a wide range of projects and organisations around the world. Hence, if you are interested in being a part of our organisation, please contact us and we can discuss all details.

Below you may find a video made by our 2020 volunteers. The video is about their experience in Tools for Solidarity. In case it’s needed, the video has subtitles.

For the latest information and news regarding our volunteers,
you can check this page or contact us directly!

International volunteers feedback

Throughout the years’ Tools have hosted countless volunteers from around the world. Many of them still keep in touch and come back to visit us. Others have even started a Tools group in their countries when they returned from Belfast.

Germain, Belgium

“I volunteered with Tools twice: 7 months in 2009 and another 7 months in 2010. In 2009 I was an EVS volunteer then I came back in 2010 to do some work in the workshop.
My main scope of work was fixing sewing machines. I loved it there, that was the reason why I came back. I would definitely recommend volunteering with Tools. The project helps you to open your eyes to the real-life and conditions people live abroad. As well as can change your life. As it happened to me.”

Lorette, France

“I started volunteering with TFS in September 2008. After a year as an EVS volunteer, I applied as a core volunteer. So like that, I ended up staying 2 and a half years! I just fell in love with this organisation. The project helps to achieve a lot in Northern Ireland and overseas.
My role and responsibilities were changing from time to time. It is one thing that I liked in TFS. The possibility to do so many different things in the same week. Thus in two years time, I had a chance to try a little bit of everything.
The main positive aspect of volunteering with TFS is learning. You can learn a lot of new skills and knowledge. Last but not least your work has a concrete positive action on the lives of other people!”

Maike, Germany

“I was an EIRENE volunteer and my first day was on the 23rd of July 2010.
I chose TFS because it isn’t an everyday opportunity project. My main goal was to find a place where I could learn useful skills for life. So for me, it was a kind of an exotic picture in my head… me in a workshop 😉
A very positive aspect of my experience in TFS was that I learned to question things! Usually, in school, you learn everything by heart but here I learnt to ask.”

Selim, Turkey

“I did my EVS at TFS between July 2010 and July 2011. The reason why I chose this organisation was the idea of doing something for people in need in Africa. During the year I really enjoyed helping them and also learnt new skills in the workshop.
Moreover, I didn’t expect to gain such experience in Tools for Solidarity.
Would I recommend volunteering for TFS? Aye! If someone wants to experience the art of refurbishing sewing machines and tools, TFS would be the best place to volunteer.
You are always in my heart, dear Tools people. All the best and greetings from Turkey!”