Students travelling with VSA Summer 2017

Complete before traveling

VSA Code of Volunteering & Giving


Do Not

  • Bring out of date medication

  • Act as a practicing clinician

  • Give sweets and sugary food to children

  • Make promises to individuals

  • Do not make throw away comments 



  • Read the guidelines for students taking electives

  • Submit your elective handbook by two weeks prior to departure

  • Register with the dept of foreign affairs one week before you depart


Gift Giving

  • Give gifts to partner institution not individuals (give to host/organisations  to distribute)

  • Well meaning donations can have a negative impact

  • Your gift to an individual may be perceived as favouritism

  • Do not bring things that can be purchased there

  • Do not make independent donations (reactionary gift) stop and think everything has a consequence.

  • Check the organisation in terms of their own governance

This website is managed by the Societies Office,
contact Ríona Hughes, Societies Officer, Student Services.
SocsBox, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway.

PH: 091 492852. Email:


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