If you have professional skills and knowledge to share, are open to new experiences, are willing to live in a different country and committed to helping others, then you're likely to be an effective Australian volunteer.
Applications are encouraged from across the breadth of the Australian population. Australian volunteers come from all walks of life, from the smallest towns to large cities, from young people to older people about to retire.
The Australian Volunteers Program supports inclusiveness, including and people with a disability.
Being an Australian volunteer might be one of the toughest jobs you will have, but it will also be one of the most rewarding.
By being involved with the Australian Government's aid program, you have the opportunity to use your knowledge, skills, compassion and humanity to make a difference to people's lives.
You will help build the skills and expertise in an organisation overseas so that they may be better equipped to achieve their goals. You will form enduring friendships with people in Australia's region, as well as develop a deeper understanding of how to work across cultures. Volunteering can be a mutual learning experience that can be personally and professionally life-changing.
Returned volunteers often talk about their unique personal and professional experiences from their international volunteering, with the most common rewards and highlights being:
- personal satisfaction with making a contribution to the Australia's aid program
- living and working in a developing country
- forming friendships across cultures
- developing skills in adaptability, resilience and leadership from working with limited resources and in different contexts
- widening their skill set beyond a specific profession or specialisation.
All volunteer assignments are advertised on the Australian Volunteers Program website with detailed descriptions of the specific skills and experience required. The skills and expertise required to meet the needs of all our partner organisations are diverse.
Meet the volunteers
Before applying, you can learn more about the Australian Volunteers program by: