Why volunteer in-country

International volunteering is an incredible experience. It's an opportunity to share your skills and make a tangible difference to communities around the world.

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Your skills are needed

International volunteering allows you to contribute meaningfully by supporting local organisations to achieve their development goals. Your skills and unique experiences can support our partners in countries across the Pacific, Asia and Africa.

Many of our volunteers find that they gain just as much or even more than they contribute.

New experiences, friendships and skills

Personal and professional growth are important aspects of the volunteer experience. We foster a culture of learning and reflection through formal training, briefings, and monitoring and evaluation activities throughout your assignment. Volunteering can also be a great way to boost your career.

On assignment, you will learn about your new country, colleagues and culture. Along with language skills that you might gain, these experiences will give you a deeper understanding of how to work across cultures.

What volunteers say

People of all ages, backgrounds and abilities have told us why they became international volunteers.

  • To be involved in meaningful work
  • To experience different cultures, languages, challenges and perspectives
  • To get out of my comfort zone
  • To share specialist knowledge and technical skills where they are needed
  • To gain experience working internationally

To apply your skills and unique experiences, and make a significant contribution to communities overseas, browse our current assignments. If you can’t find the right assignment, register for our Talent Pool. 

To learn about how your organisation could benefit from a volunteer, discover the benefits of partnering with the Australian Volunteers Program.

Understand the volunteer journey

Find out about the journey our in-country volunteers take, from application to alumni.

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