Returning home

Home can seem different after a volunteer assignment. We offer support to help you settle back into life in Australia.

Support for your journey home

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.

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. 

Other recommended options

Complete a medical assessment.

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