RAVN Update | June 2020 edition

Welcome to all our new members, apply to be a RAVN State Representative, read the latest program updates on COVID-19 and hear from recent volunteers on what it was like to be repatriated.

A welcome message from Chelsey Parish, RAVN Manager

It's been almost three months since we repatriated over 450 Australian volunteers from countries right across the Indo-Pacific region due to COVID-19. The wellbeing of our volunteers has always been at the heart of what we do. As such, we have provided financial support and psychological services to volunteers who were preparing to depart overseas and those who were repatriated back to Australia, and are continuing to support and engage with these groups.

I would like to personally welcome those 450 Australian volunteers who were repatriated to the Returned Australian Volunteer Network (RAVN). We are the Australian Volunteers Program’s alumni network, connecting over 7,500 returned Australian volunteers to each other, RAVN opportunities and the program.  Our members have volunteered as far back as the 1960s, and represent a diverse cohort of like-minded Australians.

We offer all returned volunteers opportunities to stay connected through networking events, professional development opportunities, communications platforms and competitions. In the RAVN Update newsletter, you will see some of our current offerings, including the opportunity to become a RAVN State Representative, the online seminar series, state-based events (COVID-19 restrictions depending) and opportunities to connect with other returned volunteers online through Facebook and LinkedIn.

Don’t forget to log into your Portal account and update your address details so that we can invite you to local RAVN events (we won’t send you anything in the post). If you don’t have a Portal account, or are unsure, please email ravn@australianvolunteers.com with your new address details.

Finally, although we're not able to send volunteers overseas at this time, I want to assure you that we remain committed to supporting our partner organisations and deploying Australian volunteers when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, if you're hoping to volunteer in the future then please register for our Talent Pool.

Take care,

Chelsey Parish, RAVN Manager

Read the June 2020 RAVN Update

Australian volunteer Tanya Carmont works with her Swim Vietnam colleague on rescue skills
Australian volunteer Tanya Carmont works with her Swim Vietnam colleague on rescue skills. Swim Vietnam is a grant winner.
Australian volunteer Des Symes volunteers as a Finance and Administration Support Officer with Touching the Untouchables TTU Goroka Papua New Guinea.
Returned volunteer Des Symes (left) volunteered as a finance and administration support officer with Touching the Untouchables (TTU).
Australian volunteer Rob Eden volunteers as Maintenance Manager with Port Moresby Nature Park Papua New Guinea
Australian volunteer Rob Eden volunteers as Maintenance Manager with Port Moresby Nature Park, Papua New Guinea. Photo: Harjono Djoyobisono
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2019-2020 RAVN State Representatives enjoying a break during a training workshop at the DFAT Canberra Office, 2019. Photo: Chelsey Parish