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.
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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.


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RAVN National Volunteer Week events: Meet your speakers

This year, the RAVN May events are being held alongside National Volunteer Week. Here are five returned volunteers who are make exemplary contributions, and who you'll also see at the Perth and Sydney RAVN events this month.


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Touch Down! Brisbane RAVN Sports for Development Event

On the eve of the Commonwealth Games and the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace, RAVN brought together over 30 returned volunteers, representatives from DFAT, Partner Organisations, athletes and sports professionals in Brisbane.


Join us at a RAVN event


There are a bunch of RAVN events coming up in capital cities across the country. Just RSVP through your state's Facebook group (eg. VIC Returned Australian Volunteers) or email your RAVN Manager Chelsey Parish at [email protected]. See you there!

Perth — Sunday 6 May, 10:30am

WA RAVN morning tea & walk around Elizabeth Quay
Meet at Isle of Voyage Coffee Shop,
RSVP to RAVN State Representative [email protected]

Sydney — Tuesday 22 May, 6-8:30pm

RAVN National Volunteering Week event
Gallery Room, State Library of New South Wales,
Sydney 2000
RSVP by 16 May

Perth — Thursday 24 May, 6-8:30pm

RAVN National Volunteering Week event
Public House, 263 Adelaide Terrace,
Perth 6000
RSVP by 17 May

Adelaide — Thursday 28 June, 6-8:30pm

Volunteerism and the SDGs
Venue TBC (in the city),
Save the date! Further details soon.

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 your Chelsey Parish the RAVN Manager.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +61 03 9279 1833