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Befriending and Arabic language exchange

Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland (JRS)

About Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland (JRS)

Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland's mission is to accompany, advocate and serve the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced persons worldwide.

What's Involved

Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland is seeking a volunteer to befriend a Nigerian man with a visual impairment. While the primary need is for befriending, the man also wishes to practice his Arabic and is therefore seeking either an Arabic speaker or someone currently learning Arabic. Basic Arabic is sufficient and English can be used as well. The volunteer will be required to meet with the man who is based in the Finglas area.

Time Commitment
Ideally a few hours a month. How often and on what days can be negotiated based on your availability.

What's required for this position

Patience and empathy are key skills needed as well as understanding of other cultures and a friendly disposition. A minimum of basic Arabic is also required.
Volunteers will also be required to sign and adhere to the JRS code of conduct, which emphasises respect for the rights, dignity and worth of every human being and the empowerment and encouragement of all those we work with.
All volunteers will be Garda vetted prior to commencement of any work with service users.

  • Community Development/ Social work
  • Hospitality/ Befriending
  • Multi-lingual/ Multi-culturalism
  • Personable Skills

Level of English required for this role:
Basic English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: Flexible

Hours required: 3hrs Monthly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
Balseskin Reception Centre, St. Margaret's Road, Finglas, Dublin

Also available in these counties
Dublin - City, Dublin - Fingal

Screening details for this role:

  • Garda Vetting
  • Informal Interviews
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Support/ advice/ recognition
  • Initial induction and training
  • Insurance cover

Age restrictions:
Over 18

Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

This is a unique opportunity to make a positive impact in the life of person in need of support and friendship. The role will provide an opportunity to practice Arabic with a native speaker and participate in intercultural exchange.

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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