What is volunteering?

Volunteering can provide a range of social and community benefits for international students studying in Australia.

Volunteering means donating your time to help an organisation or person in need, for no financial gain. This can take place through a charity, not-for-profit, community organisation or even through your education institution to help build your skills and become job ready.

Volunteering can:

  • Help expand your work experience portfolio.
  • Improve your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Grow your skills and knowledge in a certain field.
  • Build social connections and interpersonal skills.
  • Make new friends.

Benefits of volunteering
There are a range of benefits from choosing to volunteer while completing your study in Australia.

  • Connect with others
    Feel part of a community through volunteering. You can meet new people, increase your social circle and build relationship skills while studying in Australia.
  • Advance your career
    Volunteering can provide international students with valuable work experience and important professional opportunities, without a full-time commitment.
    Most volunteering programs provide extensive training and can offer internship pathways and other paid working opportunities to international students.
    Volunteering also allows you to work with, and learn from, a diverse group of professionals who can help you gain valuable hands-on experience.
  • Find purpose and fulfilment
    By donating your time to a person, cause or organisation, volunteering can be extremely rewarding for international students.
    Helping other people in your spare time can give you a sense of fulfilment and purpose as you explore your interests and passions while studying in Australia.
  • Mental and physical wellbeing
    Volunteering can support a range of mental and physical wellbeing benefits.
    Volunteering is often a very social activity. Being around and helping other people goes a long way to improving mood, movement and social enrichment.

If volunteering is something that interests you, visit the Go Volunteer website for details about where to volunteer, and how to find the right volunteer opportunity for you.

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