Finishing up

As your assignment end date approaches, you need to start preparing for what comes next.

Getting ready to return home

It is important to start getting ready for the end of your assignment well before time, particularly for volunteers who are living and working away from home. Below are some of the steps you need to consider when preparing for the end of your in-country assignment.

Preparing for the end of a remote assignment? Learn about finishing up a remote assignment.

Preparing to return home

You will receive a preparing to return home email four-to-six weeks before the end of your assignment. This will guide your activities as you prepare for the journey home.

Preparing to return home includes:

  • Obtaining a local police check
  • Requesting references from your partner organisation
  • Completing an end of assignment evaluation and exit interview
Welcome home!

We offer transition support once you've arrived home.

Return learning support includes an online learning module and an invitation to attend a Returned Volunteer Workshop in Melbourne. This is an opportunity to meet and share your experience with other returning volunteers and gain strategies for re-entry.

Support available

Complete a medical assessment.

Complete a psychological debrief (access is available up to three months after your return).

Join the alumni network All returned volunteers have the opportunity to join the program's alumni, the Returned Australian Volunteers Network, to connect with other returned volunteers and stay engaged with the Australian Volunteers Program. See the Alumni page for more information.

Finishing up a remote assignment

Preparing for the end of your remote volunteer assignment is an important step for both you and your partner organisation. Below are some of the steps you need to consider when preparing for the end of your remote assignment.

Preparing for the end of an in-country assignment? Learn about getting ready to return home.

Preparing for the end of your assignment

As you near the assignment end date, helpful tips around preparing to finish will be available through the volunteer portal.  

Preparing for a remote assignment to end includes: 

  • Considering how to manage the handover with your partner organisation and any documentation you need to prepare
  • Requesting references from your partner organisation 
  • Completing an end of assignment evaluation and exit interview 
Allowances

The assignment allowance will be paid at the end of your assignment.   

Support

You may wish to complete an optional psychological debrief with Response Psychology, which is available up to one month after your assignment end date.

Join the volunteer alumni network

All volunteers who complete an assignment automatically join the program's alumni, the Returned Australian Volunteers Network, to connect with other returned volunteers and stay engaged with the Australian Volunteers Program. See the Alumni page for more information. 

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