Up to 80% of teenagers who volunteer will return to volunteer in their 30’s and 40’s according to international volunteering studies.
Struck by that impressive statistic, Paul Moriarty challenged himself to come up with interesting, meaningful and engaging volunteering opportunities for young people – particularly in rural Ireland.
The “Ográ” method was formulated specifically to attract young people to meaningful volunteering. Ográ Development empowers groups of young people to run their own Overseas Development Agencies. Through the internet, Ográ volunteers will employ development workers, have ongoing contact with and travel to their projects. By living, working and eating with the people they assist, the expected outcome is a positive transformation for all concerned.
Paul Moriarty is a Community Development Worker. Volunteering has been an important part of his life for many years. He believes it has defined him as a person and developed some of the best parts of his character. For a young volunteer such experiential learning has the transformational effect of building a relationship with and understanding of the real issues affecting a community in the developing world.
It’s not charity - it’s partnership - it’s friendship.