TY Work Experience & Activism 


Become empowered with the skills, knowledge, and strategies to be a powerful change-maker in your community. UNICEF offers young people the opportunity to participate in local activism through our week-long activism training programme. This is ideal for a Transition Year Work Experience Week or Volunteerism week. Each course can accommodate 35 people, aged between 15-17.

UNICEF offers two types of courses, online and in-person. Our online course was developed as a response to the pandemic. Last year, students gave our online course a rating of 9.2 out of 10. Because of this, and the fact that students outside of Dublin can participate, UNICEF will offer both options this year.

Online – The course is over ZOOM and is from Monday to Friday each day from 9 am to 1 pm. It covers a different topic each day.

  1. Monday Children’s Rights, learn about your rights and how to use the Convention on the Rights of the Child as a tool to create change in the world.
  2. Tuesday Global Wealth Inequality, learn how poverty and inequality effects children’s chances to realise their rights and reach their potential.
  3. Wednesday Discrimination, learn more about the different forms of discrimination and how they impact children’s lives, explore in greater detail the impact of gender inequality and age discrimination
  4. Thursday Climate Crisis, learn more about the climate crisis and how it impacts children in Ireland and the rest of the world, and find out what solutions already exist to create change
  5. Friday Advocacy and Activism, you learn how to develop a plan to take action on an issue that interests you.

In-person based in Dublin, this course is from 9:45-4:30 in Dublin City Center. The one-day courses are deep-dives into thematic issues. You will learn about specific issues and how they impact children’s rights, in the afternoon you will learn skills in advocacy and activism and will create an action plan to deliver in your school the following week.

The themes are:

  • October 21 – Refugee & Migrant Rights to understand more about conflict and displacement
  • November 11 – Climate Crisis, Sustainability to coincide with COP27
  • December 9 – Refugee & Migrant Rights to coincide with Human Rights Day, 10 Dec
  • March 3rd – Discrimination, Racism and Inequality to coincide with International Women’s Day, 8 March and International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March
  • April 21 – Climate Crisis, Sustainability to coincide with Earth Day, 22 April

To register your interest in participating, please fill in the form below and we will be in contact. Please note our courses get oversubscribed quickly, please don’t sign up until you are sure you are going to be able to take a place. We will run waiting lists and will try our best to accommodate everyone.

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