International students

Volunteering is one of the fastest & easiest ways to learn about Australia, engage with local communities & to make friends

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There are plenty of reasons to volunteer! 

  • Experience Australian culture
  • Practice your English
  • Meet new people
  • Learn new skills
  • Be part of a professional work environment
  • Have fun while making a difference
  • Improve your chances of getting paid work 

Volunteering opportunities in Australia are endless! 

There are many opportunities you could get involved in whilst studying here. You can volunteer in your field of study, your area of expertise or in a completely new area to learn new skills. Areas to volunteer in can include: admin, marketing, arts, advocacy, conservation, education, retail, health, sports, welfare, working with animals and lots more!

Who can volunteer?

Volunteering positions require varying skills levels. Anyone who is willing to learn and contribute their time can apply to volunteer. Most importantly, to volunteer you don't need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to volunteer.

Key information from the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection:

  • Permission to Work Arrangement for Student Visa Holders
  • Conditions for Working While Studying - If you are doing voluntary, unpaid work, it is not included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight if it:
    • is of benefit to the community
    • is for a nonprofit organisation
    • would not otherwise be undertaken in return for wages by an Australian resident (that is, it is a designated volunteer position), and
    • is genuinely voluntary (that is, no remuneration, either in cash or kind is received—board and lodging acceptable).

How to find a volunteering opportunity!

Search and apply for volunteering opportunities now. Your university will also be able to connect you to volunteering opportunities, talk to careers and employment services. Also, keep an eye out for careers and volunteer expos. Lastly, don’t be afraid to contact a nonprofit organisation directly about volunteering. Find one you like and approach them.

For more help finding a volunteering opportunity download our guide to volunteering for international students


The perfect way to connect with your new community awaits

Start searching volunteer opportunities today!