Returned Australian Volunteer Network

The Returned Australian Volunteer Network (RAVN) is a place for returned volunteers from all Australian Government-funded overseas volunteer programs to connect with each other and continue to tell stories and share ideas and resources, long after returning home from their assignments.

Returned Australian Volunteer Network Storytelling Toolkit

The Returned Australian Volunteer Network Storytelling Toolkit has been designed to assist returned volunteers to navigate the storytelling experience. We hope this toolkit will inspire you to find creative ways to share your stories.

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Connect Online through LinkedIn

The Returned Australian Volunteer Network LinkedIn group is a way to stay connected, find out about returned volunteer events and opportunities in one easy online space!

This is a group just for returned Australian volunteers to keep each other informed and engaged through online discussions, posting interesting information or articles, job vacancies and other bits and pieces you find interesting. We’ll also post local, state and national events for returned volunteers in this group, and you are more than welcome to post your own returned volunteer events. This group is moderated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and our implementing partners, Scope Global and Australian Volunteers International.

To join the Returned Australian Volunteers Network group on LinkedIn, follow the link below!

RAVN LinkedIn Group

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Last Updated: 4 April 2017


Returned volunteer, Lawrence McLiver, worked as an English Teacher with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development in Honiara. Since his assignment, Lawrence has written an academic thesis about the cross-cultural adjustment of Pacific Islander students in Australia, and continues to work as an education specialist.
Returned volunteer, Jan Allen, worked as a veterinarian with the Animal Protection Society in Samoa. Jan is now program manager for Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities, which aims to improve services to Australian remote communities and enable local people to be able to manage their dog health and populations.
Returned volunteer, Ray Faggotter, worked as a vocational instructor in joinery-cabinet making with the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Employment Creation in the Caprivi Strip, Namibia. Ray continues to volunteer within the community of Coffs Harbour, including with the Coffs Harbour City SES.
Returned volunteer, Wendy Neill, worked as a communications and design specialist in Bali Indonesia. The first organisation she worked with aimed to create sustainable waste management practices, the second to improve the lives of people living with disability. Wendy continues to work on social engagement design projects, advocacy programs and design-driven social change from Sydney.