Partner organisations

When partner organisations identify the potential for an Australian volunteer to contribute to their work, the opportunities are boundless. People’s lives change, relationships are forged, and knowledge is exchanged between Australian volunteers and the communities they work with.

Tanzania partner org
Maasai woman Anna teaches Australian volunteer Dani Yannoulis to make beaded jewellery using traditional technique at Sidai Design, Arusha, Tanzania.
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Australian volunteer Aaron Mitchell tests a ground water pump with a staff member from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and a member of the Kolina village community in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Strength to strength through partnerships

Mutually respectful partnerships bring innovative approaches to locally-led change.

We support partner organisations in the Indo-Pacific region to achieve their development goals by matching them with Australian volunteers who are committed to sharing their skills and knowledge.

Australian volunteers contribute unique experiences, networks and ideas to their partner organisations and the communities in which they live and work.

In return, volunteers learn from their partner colleagues, gain unique professional experiences, develop professional networks and gain deep cultural understanding.

The Australian Volunteers Program also fosters partnerships between in-country partners and Australian organisations, and supports networking with other partners and volunteers.

Program partners: engaged and involved at every step

The selection of partner organisations is based on our guiding principles and includes a range of factors, including how the organisation’s objectives align with its country’s development priorities, the Australian Government’s aid program, the Sustainable Development Goals and our Global Program Strategy.

Partner organisations range from non-government organisations and other civil society organisations, government agencies, educational institutions, private sector organisations, social enterprises to humanitarian organisations.

Partner organisations contribute to successful volunteer assignments in many ways, including:

  • Engaging with our in-country teams to develop assignments and participating in the recruitment process
  • Inducting and orienting the volunteer to the organisation and local community
  • Allocating a colleague to work with the volunteer for the duration of their assignment
  • Providing a suitable workspace for the volunteer
  • Assisting with finding suitable accommodation for the volunteer
  • Providing equipment that is required for the volunteer to complete their assignment effectively
  • Having a child protection policy that is aligned to Australian Volunteers Program standards (guidance on child protection policies is provided where required).

If you’re interested in becoming a partner organisation and hosting a volunteer, contact the program office in your country.