Volunteering with the OLA

Many people have spent time working overseas with the OLA in different parts of Africa in either a short or long term volunteer capacity. In the 1960s and 70s many teachers and nurses spent time in West Africa in places like Ijebu-Ode or Abeokuta in Nigeria.

In more recent years, the OLA hospital in Nkwanta, Ghana has welcomed many medical students from Ireland doing their overseas elective as part of their medical training. Elsewhere, short term volunteers have sacrificed their annual holidays to work with the OLAs in Tanzania. Some have worked as teachers, some have worked as nurses (students or qualified) and some have brought specialist skills such as physiotherapy, radiography, medical laboratory skills.

- Sr. Mary

Volunteers, OLA Sisters and Staff pictured with people who received treatment during the eye camps..jpg

Surgeon Noonan Volunteers, Srs. Emmanuella and Evette along with staff of Bugisi Health Centre pictured with people helped during the 2017 Eye Camp.

The Latest Volunteer Experience:

September 2017: David O'Connell shares his experience in the Cork Evening Echo about life in Tanzania.


Previous Volunteer Experiences:

ReadKatie McAleece's Experience      

Read: Olivia Teahan's Experience

Read: Nollaig Murphy's Experience                              

If you are interested in making a contribution by working either short or long term with the OLA please contact Sr Mary at: volunteering@olaireland.ie