Valuing Volunteers conference program

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM Welcome To Country and Opening Ceremony
9:20 AM – 10:00 AM Vision and Overview of the Conference
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Welcome to the Valuing Volunteers Conference

Address by the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Morning Tea Break
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Keynote: Dr David Chong – Changing the World with a Smile
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Workshop: Volunteering and Development
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Winners of Fellowships poster presentation (optional session)
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Panel and Q&A: Making The Most of Your Volunteering Experience Professionally
Industry experts provide the tools to leverage your volunteering experience to entice prospective employers. In this session you will uncover why volunteering is a highly favourable professional development tool.
Panel and Q&A: The Role of the Private Sector in Development
Explore the value of the private sector in development and its contribution to development outcomes.
Panel and Q&A: Volunteering Domestically
A panel of speakers will showcase their acclaimed domestic volunteering ventures and present ways for you to transition from an international volunteering to domestic volunteering sphere.
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM A Conversation with Tony Wheeler (Co-founder of Lonely Planet and the Planet Wheeler Foundation)
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Afternoon Tea Break
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM International volunteers and the SDGs – current research
This Q&A style panel discussion will draw on the knowledge and experience of experts in the field of international volunteering and invites returned volunteers to engage in the discussion.
Workshop: Reworking Your Resume
This workshop will help you to use your volunteering experience as a positive career step.

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Sum-up of Day One
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM Dinner with Anh
Anh is an acclaimed comedian, author and artist. He will give the keynote address at the conference dinner. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016


Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Reflection
Where we have been and today's focus.
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM Keynote: Samantha Gash – Running for Change
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Morning Tea
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Panel: Disability Inclusive Development
This session will highlight how disability inclusive development is effective development.
Panel: Empowering Women and Girls
A panel discussion on why empowering women and girls is so important to growth, development, stability and security.
Panel: Social Entrepreneurship and Setting Up an NGO
Hear from a panel of exceptional entrepreneurs and change makers as they share their experiences on how they took their ideas and brought them to fruition.
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Workshop: Effectively Telling Your Story
In this workshop you will explore your volunteering life for story material, learn about story structure, theme and oral storytelling techniques.
Workshop: Innovation Exploration  
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM Storytelling Session
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Host Organisation Revisited pitches
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Keynote: Elliot Costello – Create The Change Yourself
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Sum-up and close

Last Updated: 20 October 2016