Before you go
Everything you need to do to prepare for your assignment
There will be several time-sensitive pre-departure activities and compliance checks to complete before you go on assignment.
Activities during this stage can take up to 12 weeks and are often reliant upon medical clearance and obtaining visas (details will be available in your volunteer portal).
|Update personal details||
Enter details of your nearest airport into your online portal. This will be used to book flights to the pre-departure briefing and your assignment.
Enter your bank account details. This is used to pay allowances and reimburse any eligible expenses.
|Obtain medical clearance||
Obtain your medical clearance as soon as possible as these are often required to submit your visa application.
Requirements and time frames to complete this stage will depend on your individual circumstances.
|Obtain entry visa||
Learn about the visa requirements and submit your visa application with the required documentation to the appropriate consulate or embassy.
Visa processing times will vary depending on the country of application and can change at any time.
|Complete pre-departure learning||
Complete online learning and attend a three-day pre-departure briefing in Melbourne. Completion of learning is a mandatory requirement.
View upcoming dates here.
|Confirmation letter and travel to assignment||
Once written confirmation of your acceptance on the program is received, your flight tickets will be booked. Note that flights cannot be booked until all of the above steps have been completed.
Other things to consider at this stage:
- Tie up loose ends at home
- Ensure financial obligations can be met while you are away
- Start to think about your self care while on assignment
- Have patience and flexibility as this stage can take some time