Classic Wallabies Indigenous Exchange 2018

Take off to South Africa with the Classic Wallabies Indigenous Exchange (CWIE)

The CWIE offers young Indigenous Australians the opportunity to undertake a five-week volunteer assignment, with fellow volunteers, in a remote community in South Africa. Partnering with non-profit Eco Children, the CWIE volunteers build sustainable vegetable gardens and refurbish classrooms in rural South African schools. 

  • There are eight positions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 18-35 years
  • This is a fully-funded experience; airfares, accommodation, insurance and allowances are covered
  • Apply your initiative, improve your confidence, and grow professionally
  • Eco Children is based in South Africa's Limpopo province and work to improve environmental conservation outcomes through primary schools.

Applications for the 2018 intake have now closed. 

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"I have learnt so much whilst being on this trip. I have learnt from the people that I’m working with in the gardens, that live here. I have learnt from the seven other mob that I came over with."

— Elliana Lawford, CW 2017

The South Africa trip, I found, was very inspiring and empowering. Programs like this are just invaluable I think. You learn so much about other cultures and other people around you. Going on a trip like this kind of puts everything into perspective a little bit. That kind of stuff you can’t learn in a classroom.

— Kate Axten, CW 2015

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How do I apply?

Click here to view the position description.

Your application consists of a current résumé and your responses to the four questions below. We recommend preparing your answers before you start the application. 

  1. Why do I feel that volunteering overseas is the right thing for me to be doing at this time in my life? (approx 300 words)
  2. What are the biggest personal adjustments I’m likely to have to make to be accepted as a useful colleague and engaged community member in this assignment? (approx 300 words)
  3. The Australian Volunteers program is committed to ensuring the inclusion of all people directly affected by the volunteer assignment, such as the host organisation and host community. What is your personal experience and/or understanding of social inclusion? (approx 300 words)
  4. Please outline how you meet each criteria in the ‘Qualifications, Essential Skills and Experience’ section of the assignment description, providing one example for each point outlined below (up to 1000 words)
In responding to these questions (particularly Question 4), be sure to consider the following Qualifications, Essential Skills & Experiences:
  • What particular skills and experience will I bring to the program?
  • How have I previously demonstrated leadership or good role modelling in my work or community?
  • What do I hope to learn from working with a new community?

Tips for preparing your application

The decision to undertake a volunteer assignment is a big commitment! Therefore we ask you to approach your application in a considered, candid and reflective manner. 

View the position description and get to know Eco Children and the Limpopo province where you'll be based.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you ready to be separated from your family, friends and familiar surroundings? 
  • Are you willing to accept the challenges that living, working and learning in a cross-cultural environment involves?
  • What do you anticipate gaining from the experience?
  • Are you willing to undertake manual work?
  • Do you have the right mix of personal competencies to get you through the assignment?
  • Are you 18 years of age as of April 2018?
  • Do you have, or can you get a passport?

Make sure you leave lots of time to write your application. Start it at least a few days before recruitment closes — midnight 29 April 2018, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

You will hear from the recruitment team within one week of the close of application date.

  • Applicants for the program are selected based on their likelihood to successfully meet the objectives of the program, in the context, culture and location of the host organisation and community.
  • Applicants who are shortlisted will be required to complete an online video interview. This will be discussed with you when you are informed of the outcome of your application.

Support is provided

As a CWIE volunteer, you'll receive the following support:

  • Return airfares
  • Visas
  • Medical insurance and vaccinations
  • Modest living allowances
  • Safe and secure accommodation
  • Disability support
  • Comprehensive pre-departure briefing, in-country orientation and re-entry care
  • 24 hour medical and counselling support

Read more about the support and benefits in the position description.

Questions? Contact the Recruitment Team on 1800 331 292.

The Classic Wallabies Indigenous Exchange (CWIE) is part of the Australian Volunteers program, funded by the Australian Government. CWIE is an initiative of the Eidos Institute, delivered in partnership with the Classic Wallabies and AVI.