Results of the 'Getting to know you' 2019 RAVN Survey

Thank you for helping us understand the impact volunteering has had on your professional and personal development.

2019 RAVN Survey Results  

Every Australian volunteer's professional and personal development journey is unique. That's why we launched the first RAVN Survey - to better understand who you (returned Australian volunteers) are and how volunteering overseas has shaped your life. 

To all the returned Australian volunteers who participated in the 2019 survey - thank you! By completing the survey you have helped us strengthen the development outcomes of the Australian Volunteers Program, and helped us enhance ongoing engagement and personal and professional development opportunities for returned volunteers. Ultimately, the information you shared will help us to improve the Australian Volunteers Program for all participants and to measure the success of the program.

Key findings:

  • 312 volunteers responded to the survey with 187 female (60%) and 112 (36%) male participants
  • The top countries respondents volunteered in were Vietnam (17 respondents), Solomon Islands (15) and Indonesia (15)
  • 70% of females and 74% of males who responded to the survey completed one volunteer assignment
  • Most of the respondents volunteered under the AVID program (31%) followed by the Australian Volunteers Program (20%)
  • Overall 73% of female and 66% of male respondents believe that volunteering ‘helped them a lot’ or ‘helped a little bit’ to progress their career
  • 89% of female and 86% of male respondents shared that they are maintaining their interest in aid and development after volunteering
  • 95% of female and 90% of male respondents either strongly agreed or agreed that their interest and sense of connection to the country where they volunteered got stronger after volunteering
  • 89% of all respondents either strongly agreed or agreed that their understanding of global development or foreign policy issues has increased after volunteering
  • 94% of male and female respondents believe that one of the major benefits of volunteering is that it connects Australia and Australians to people and countries in our region
  • 95% of female and 99% of male respondents think that it is ‘very important’ or ‘fairly important’ for the Australian Government to support international volunteering
  • 96% of female respondents highly or quite value volunteering, and 99% of males highly or quite value volunteering
  • 93% of female and 91% of male respondents have recommended international volunteering to friends, family or a colleague
  • 78% of female and 75% of male respondents are still in contact with their partner/host organisation
  • 65% of females and 33% of males who responded have met or know their RAVN State Representative.

If you would like a full copy of the survey results please contact ravn@australianvolunteers.com.

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Kall Sugden, Australian volunteer, checking the hyperbaric chamber with ProMedical colleague George Jack in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Kall Sugden, Australian volunteer, checking the hyperbaric chamber with ProMedical colleague George Jack in Port Vila, Vanuatu.