Returned Australian Volunteer Network

Welcome to your Returned Australian Volunteer Network (RAVN)
RAVN is for returned volunteers from all Australian Government-funded overseas volunteering programs. It is a alumni network that helps you to connect with other returned volunteers and the Australian Volunteer program, as well as serving as a space to advocate for wider awareness of volunteering and Australian aid.

Latest RAVN news

Building Bridges Myanmar

RV Spotlight:

Dr Peter Devereux

We spoke with Peter about volunteering with a family, and how he sees Australian volunteers’ contributions to making Australia, and the world, a better place.


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RV Spotlight: 

Leanne Elliot

On May 21, National Volunteer Week in Australia kicks off, led by the theme “Give a little. Change a lot”. To celebrate the value of volunteering both internationally and locally, we spoke to returned volunteer Leanne Elliott.


Julie Bishop National Voluntary Review on SDGs launch

July '18 RAVN Update: Volunteering & the SDGs

The RAVN Update is your bi-monthly e-newsletter on RAVN events, opportunities, program updates and development news. In this issue we look at the impact of volunteering on the SDGs. 


Join us at a RAVN event

State Rep workshop

RAVN events are for returned volunteers to network, stay connected and learn about Australian Volunteer Program, Australian Aid initiatives and development issues in our region. Most events are held in capital cities with some regional events throughout the year.  

Hobart | RAVN Event: Networking Dinner @ Customs House, 26 July - RSVP here.

Melbourne | VIC RAVN Event: Bunjilaka @ Melbourne Museum, 29 July - RSVP here or by email here.

Alice Springs | RAVN Event: Volunteering & the SDGs, 28 August - SAVE THE DATE

Darwin | RAVN Event: Volunteering & the SDGs, 30 August - SAVE THE DATE

Your RAVN State Representatives

RAVN State Reps group

RAVN State Representatives are motivated, returned Australian volunteers who voluntarily lead RAVN networking activities in their states and territories. State Representatives also engage with Australian Aid actors and other returned volunteers as well as support the Australian Volunteers Program and grow awareness of the impact and value of volunteering.

Click on the links below to meet your State Representatives.

Join a Facebook group

Get social with fellow returned Australian volunteers and your RAVN State Representatives by joining your state or territory's Facebook group. Just click on your State and request to join below: 


Join the LinkedIn group

The RAVN LinkedIn Group is a space for returned volunteers to stay connected, engage in discussions, and find out about the latest network initiatives or professional opportunities. 

Join the RAVN LinkedIn Group

Media Guide

The Volunteer Media and Communications Guide has been developed to assist current and returned volunteers to navigate the storytelling experience, and inspire you to find creative ways to share your stories.

Download the Media Guide

We want to hear from you!

Have you relocated and need to update your contact details? 

Have you changed your email address but want to keep receiving RAVN event invitations and updates? 

Do you have any questions, feedback or suggestions on strengthening your network?

Please contact the RAVN Manager.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +61 03 9279 1833