Go Back<>Give Back Competition

Two returned volunteers have the chance to win a trip back to their Partner Organisations and a $6,000 grant to support their work.

Announcing the Go BackGive Back Competition

Announcing the Go Back Give Back Competition

The Returned Australian Volunteer Network is very excited to announce our brand new Go Back<>Give Back Competition!


The Go Back<>Give Back Competition helps returned volunteers foster lasting connections with their partner organisations. The prize includes airfares to help you go back to your volunteer country and a $6,000 grant that you can give back to your partner organisation.

Enter by Friday 9 November for your chance to win!

What’s the prize?

Two returned volunteer winners will receive:

  • A grant of AUD $6,000 for your partner organisation
  • A return economy airfare from Australia to your volunteer country
  • Seven nights' accommodation (3 star or equivalent) in country
  • Six finalists will also be flown to Melbourne for the announcement of competition winners.

Competition entry is open to returned volunteers who volunteered in an Australian Government-funded volunteer programs and were located in one of the countries the Australian Volunteers Program currently operates. This includes returned AVIDs, AYADS, ABVs, VIDAs and Red Cross volunteers. See the full list of countries.

How can I use the grant?

The grant can be used to fund projects, events, equipment or activities that support the work of the partner organisation and must be completed by May 2019. Examples of possible grant projects and activities include:

  • Capacity development/training-related workshops or courses (within the country)
  • Event or activity that promotes the work of the partner organisation (e.g. fundraising event, stakeholder event)
  • Management of small projects, such as reports, project designs, website development, etc
  • Purchase of equipment (e.g. sports, education, medical, training resources, clear water supply)

Funding will only be approved for clearly defined, stand-alone projects with specific outcomes that can be carried out within the time-frame specified. The funding cannot be used for ongoing/recurring costs, such as administration or staffing costs. 

Need inspiration? Read about Elizabeth Grover and Brad Timms the 2016 Host Organisation Revisited winners and their projects with Bhutan’s school for the deaf and South Africa's Eco Children.

How do I enter?

Step 1: Download and familiarise yourself with the RAVN Go Back Give Back Competition 2018_Entry Guide (revised 17/10/2018) including the full competition terms and conditions.

Step 2: Contact your partner organisation and work with them to develop a project idea

Step 3: Record and upload your 3-5 minute video pitch to your state’s RAVN Facebook Group. Find your group: ACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWA

Step 4: Complete the online project brief form, including the link to your video pitch on Facebook, and a contact person at your partner organisation

The winning entrant will demonstrate that the returned volunteer has worked with their partner organisation to identify a worthy project for the grant, develop a project brief, and create a video pitch that clearly and creatively explains why their project deserves to win.

A shortlist of six finalists will be identified and asked to complete a short project proposal and cost analysis. They will be flown to Melbourne (travel and accommodation costs covered) for the Australian Volunteers Program’s International Volunteer Day Celebration event where the winner will be announced on 4 or 5 December.

Read the competition entry guide and ready to enter? Complete the project brief here.

If you have questions about the competition, and cannot find the answer in the Competition Entry Guide, please contact the Chelsey Parish, the RAVN Manager: ravn@australianvolunteers.com

Announcing the Go Back Give Back Competition