Closing Date For VAKS Programme Applications – Friday, June 14th 2024

The Closing Date For Applications For VAKS Programme 2024 is Friday, June 14th


Why volunteer?






Over 1 million people visit Knock Shrine every year from all over the world. It is a special place of prayer and pilgrimage. The VAKS programme is an opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of these pilgrims who visit. Volunteering at Knock is a great way to meet new people, serve others, express your faith and have fun.


Welcome & assist pilgrims and visitors to Ireland’s International Eucharistic & Marian Shrine

Participate in pilgrimage ceremonies and assist with the Anointing of the Sick at Knock Basilica

Make new friends through team building, games, music and sports and daily prayerful reflections.







New For 2024!

Experience the New Youth Village at Knock Shrine










Knock  Youth Village offers high quality and comfortable accommodation with self-catering facilities. The pods are located in a secure environment, offering serenity and a deep connection with the environment.

This new  space is exclusively reserved for our VAKS each weekend over the summer season. This will be your home away from home here at the Shrine and offers a fun place to meet and engage with your fellow VAKS and to unwind in the evening in your own dedicated space .


The cost of accommodation at Knock Youth Village is included in your programme fee and all bed linen is supplied.

What commitment is required?




All volunteers for 2024 will attend training when they arrive at Knock Shrine.

We ask that all VAKS commit to offering one weekend over the summer to volunteering at the Shrine.

The cost of the programme is €30. This includes food and accommodation for the weekend and a t-shirt.


Download an Application Form Here