The hybrid volunteering journey

From applying for a role to what each phase of your assignment will entail. Learn more about the hybrid volunteering journey.

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Finishing your assignment

Start preparing for what comes next

Getting ready to end your assignment

It is important to start getting ready for the end of your assignment well before it finishes. Below are some of the steps you need to consider when preparing for the end of your assignment. The steps may vary depending if your assignment ends with an in-country or remote phase.

Finishing the in-country phase

You will receive an email four to six weeks before the end of the in-country phase to guide your activities as you prepare for the journey home. This content may be slightly different if you are transitioning from an in-country phase to a remote phase or if you are finishing your assignment.

  • Preparing to return home can include:
    • Obtaining a local police check
    • Requesting references from your partner organisation
    • Completing an end-of-assignment evaluation and exit interview

Returning home can be challenging

Learn about services provided after your assignment ends in Section 10 of the Volunteer Guidebook.

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Welcome home!

Even if you are continuing your assignment by transitioning from an in-country to a remote phase, adjusting back to Australia can be challenging. We offer transition support once you've arrived home.

End-of-assignment support includes online learning and attending a Post-Assignment Workshop. This is an opportunity to meet and share your experience with other volunteers and learn strategies for adjusting to life after assignment.

The program also provides access to a post-assignment medical assessment (available up to 10 weeks post-assignment) and a psychological debrief (available up to three months post-assignment).

Join our alumni network

All volunteers who have completed their assignment join the program's Alumni network to connect with other past volunteers and stay engaged with the Australian Volunteers Program. See the Alumni page for more information.

Stay connected through the program's alumni network

Join a group of like-minded Australians who have volunteered in 50+ countries.

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