Celebrating our stories on International Volunteer Day

On International Volunteer Day, we are celebrating the valuable contribution made by Australian volunteers to locally led development.

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International Volunteer Day on 5 December is an opportunity to recognise and reflect on the significant work of our volunteers and partner organisations working together to create positive change in the Pacific, Asia and Africa.

At the Australian Volunteers Program, we mark the occasion each year with our volunteers, partners, alumni and staff at events in Australia and the countries we partner with. We also celebrate our volunteers and partners by connecting through social media.

This International Volunteer Day, we did something special. We asked Australian volunteers in every region we partner with to show us what a day in their life looks like.

From Tanzania to Mongolia, Solomon Islands to Vietnam, we received a range of footage documenting the rich and varied lives of volunteers.

They showed us where they live and work, introduced us to their new friends and showed us what they do on their weekends. Volunteers shared their highs and lows and let us know how they’ve connected with their colleagues and communities.

We invite you to enjoy our video and let it take you on a journey of international volunteering

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It may be just a day in the life of an Australian volunteer - but the impact can last a lifetime.

Please connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, X, and YouTube on International Volunteer Day to help us celebrate our volunteers and partners.

To the millions of volunteers all over the globe we extend a wholehearted thank you for your hard work, dedication and valued contribution to individuals and communities.