On assignment

Life on assignment will be an adventure. Discover what you can expect.

Getting started and orientation


Building a relationship with your partner organisation and in-country team is critical regardless of whether you're volunteering in-country or remotely.

Your in-country team will invite you to join an orientation program (held online for remote volunteers and in-person for in-country volunteers, with other volunteers working with partners in the same region). 

Depending on the country where your partner organisation is based, the orientation program may include language lessons.

Safety and security

If you’re volunteering in-country, your in-country team will work with you to complete a Personal Security Plan and Accommodation Security Plan.  

If you’re volunteering remotely, you will need to complete cybersecurity and working remotely checklists, which are aimed at helping keep you and your data safe online. 

Monitoring, evaluation and learning

You will prepare an initial Assignment Plan together with your partner organisation to outline objectives and activities, and conduct an End of Assignment Evaluation at the end of your assignment. Volunteers with an assignment of 11 months or longer will also be required to conduct a mid-year review.  

Learning and support

In addition to your orientation, you have access to information and online resources as well as a learning hub for additional learning and collaboration opportunities.

Staying connected

Depending on the duration of your assignment, you may have the opportunity to participate in: 

  • catch ups hosted by your in-country team
  • online webinars
  • Communities of Practice discussion forums 

These are professional and personal development opportunities as well as a chance to network with other remote volunteers and partner organisations.

Well-being and personal safety

In-country volunteers have access to a range of support while on assignment, including support from your in-country team, insurance and psychological support services. You will also be supported to maintain your own personal safety with training and by completing self-care plans. 

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Travel and leave

In-country volunteers will have opportunities to take leave and may wish to travel. Leave and travel requests are submitted to and approved by your in-country team. 

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Regular allowances are paid to you throughout your assignment. 

Learn more about in-country allowances

Learn more about remote allowances


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