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*Note: If you would like to receive additional information on the selection process, please contact a member of our Recruitment and Selection team on +61 8 8364 8500. You can also refer to our selection process online.

 
General volunteer questions

  • What sorts of hours will I be working during my assignment? +

    You will adhere to the standard business hours of the Host Organisation, which is generally Monday to Friday with some roles requiring additional travel outside business hours. It is important to bear in mind however that in some countries weekends could fall on, for example, Friday and Saturday rather than Saturday and Sunday. In some specific Host Organisations the expectation could be 7am-3pm, or Monday to Saturday with reduced hours each day. We strongly encourage you to research your specific location prior to applying to ensure that you are familiar and comfortable with practices that differ from standard Australian business hours. If selected for an assignment, you will speak with your In-Country Management Team and your Host Organisation prior to mobilising. It is important to discuss business hours at this stage as well.

  • Am I entitled to annual leave during my assignment? +

    You are entitled to receive recreational leave which is one week of leave for every three months of service, which equates to a total of four weeks leave for a 12 months assignment.

  • I will be overseas until my mobilisation date – can I fly directly from there to begin the assignment? +

    In order to successfully mobilise, you will be required to attend an Australian Volunteers Briefing here in Australia, which is generally held the month prior to mobilisation. As such you will need to return to Australia (at your own cost) in order to attend the Briefing. It is therefore your responsibility to ensure that you are back in Australia for the Briefing dates

    If you have attended an Scope Global Briefing within the last 12 months before the start of your next assignment (to any country) you are not required to attend Briefing. If you have attended a Briefing within the last 24 months and are going back to the same host country you are not required to attend another Briefing. Supported dependants are strongly encouraged to attend Briefing, but this is not compulsory. In all cases where a volunteer has attended Briefing previously and is not required to attend again, they will still be offered the option to attend regardless.

  • Do I need to enroll in language training courses prior to mobilisation? +

    No. In recognising the importance of volunteers developing language skills to not only live in their respective Host Countries, but also to effectively engage with their Host Organisation, the first two weeks upon arrival in country will consist of an In-country Orientation (ICO). This ICO is run by your In-Country Management team who will support you during your assignment, and is designed to give you a comprehensive orientation to your new host country. This also involves language training to equip you with some of the basics. From there, if your assignment duration is six months or more, you are eligible to apply for an additional language training allowance, which will fund your continued learning while in-country.

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