Indigenous Pathways

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have unique skills, knowledge and experience that can help contribute to meaningful change in communities overseas.

Indigenous Pathways

Volunteering overseas is a life-changing opportunity to share your knowledge and skills, and learn new perspectives - while connecting with another culture. ...

Indigenous Australians are uniquely placed to combine their personal and professional experiences with an understanding of the importance of culture, communication and sustainability in development. The learning that you develop on a volunteer assignment can also be brought back to your own community to drive change.

You may be more suited to volunteering than you realise. Community involvement, integrity and diverse life experience are all qualities that contribute to being a successful volunteer.

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Community members and Partner Organisation Eco Children
Indigenous Australian volunteers in South Africa with community members and partner organisation Eco Children. Photo: Sabrina Chielens
Shirika Toby
Indigenous Australian volunteer Shirika Toby on assignment in Hoedspruit, South Africa. Photo: Sabrina Chielens
Volunteers and Eco Children staff member Winky Mokgope
Indigenous Australian volunteers and Eco Children staff member Winky Mokgope. Photo: Sabrina Chielens
Naomi Fei
Indigenous Australian volunteer Naomi Fei on assignment in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Alice Tamang
Return learning workshop
Returned Indigenous Australian volunteers and the Indigenous Programs Coordinator at a return learning workshop in Melbourne.
Completed garden beds at Mapalane Primary School
Completed garden beds at Mapalane Primary School, South Africa, in support of partner organisation Eco Children.

Express your interest in volunteering

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Australian Volunteers Program has temporarily suspended mobilising volunteers overseas until it safe and appropriate to do so. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.

We are still accepting expressions of interest from Indigenous Australians who want to volunteer overseas. We'd love to hear from you! Download the expression of interest form.

Indigenous Pathways visual identity

Indigenous Pathways visual identity

We’re proud to share our new visual identity, which collectively represents Indigenous Pathways under the Australian Volunteers Program. The visual identity is derived from an artwork by Penny Evans, a visual artist based in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

Penny produces unique ceramic pieces, works on paper and mixed media objects that reference her Gamilaraay/Gomeroi cultural heritage. We encourage you to explore Penny’s other beautiful works on her website, and Instagram.

Learn more about the design

Want to have a yarn about Indigenous volunteering?

Are you thinking about volunteering? Or are you from an Indigenous organisation that would like to partner with the program? Get in touch with our Indigenous Programs Coordinator, proud Dharug woman, Alice Tamang.

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Join our Indigenous returned volunteer group

The Returned Australian Volunteer Network (RAVN) is an alumni network that helps returned volunteers connect with each other, and we’ve launched our first RAVN group for returned Indigenous volunteers! Whether you volunteered through the Classic Wallabies Indigenous Exchange or through the broader program, this is a space for you. Join in, say hello, tell us what you have been up to, share some news or ask a question.

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What do returned Indigenous volunteers say?

“It’s really a catalyst for people to see how other communities develop and how they overcome obstacles. And it can give people the opportunity to revaluate their values and give them a solid foundation for how they want to be a leader in their community.”

Clinton (Adnyamathanha), Indigenous Australian volunteer, 2010, 2015, 2018

“Indigenous international volunteering is important because it gives our mob representation in an international area... I think just put your application in, have a go, and see what happens. Be ready for an adventure!"

Emma (Dharug), Indigenous Australian volunteer, 2019