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Who can apply

It's just like a job application

Applying for a volunteer assignment is similar to applying for a job in Australia. You need to have the skills and experience to complete the assignment for which you are applying for.

Each assignment description details the level of experience that the Host Organisation is seeking at a minimum. You must be able to demonstrate that you meet this experience through your CV and response to the Selection Criteria through relevant examples. You can draw on experience acquired through your professional career, study and/or volunteer experience.

Assignments vary greatly in terms of the sectors, the technical components and the level of experience required. Some assignments will require you to have finished a university degree or apprenticeship and spent a couple of years working in the field while other assignments will expect you have some experience and a demonstrated interest in the field of the assignment.

The best way to tell if an assignment is suitable for you is to read its objectives. These will give a strong indication of the kinds of tasks to be carried out while on assignment and you can then decide whether you think you would be able to do those tasks.

Extra things we look for in an applicant

The Selection Panel looks holistically at the experiences, skills and qualifications of candidates. Extra personal qualities we look for are –

• a passion for contributing to development
• an interest in learning and assisting others to learn
• the desire to challenge yourself
• flexibility and adaptability
• resourcefulness
• sensitivity to cross cultural issues

The basics of applying...

To be eligible for the AVID Program you must be aged over 18 and be an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen with a Special Conditions Visa (SCV) or Australian Permanent Resident. You can participate in the AVID program as many times as you like.

Volunteering with a disability

We actively encourage people with disabilities to apply for volunteer assignments and are committed to investigating every possible option to enable people with a disability to volunteer. As part of the application process, you are invited to disclose your disability to us so that we can best accommodate your needs throughout the selection process. Some of the environments that we work in can be challenging, however we will make every reasonable effort to work closely with you to try to assist you with any individual requirements that need to be accommodated, either during the selection stage or while in-country. To speak to our Volunteer Management Unit about assistance - please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Looking for AYAD?


Looking for the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) program website or info?! You're in the right place! As of July 1, 2014, the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program was retired, to make a single Australian Government volunteering program, Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID). Through the AVID program you will have access to more than 700 assignments which are open for application each year. To make it easier for applicants who are at an earlier stage in their career, we've listed assignments with up to 3 years experience on a special page called Early Career Opportunities.

View Early Career Opportunities

Katrina Lancaster Maggs

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Katrina Lancaster-Maggs volunteered as a Deaf Empowerment Officer in Samoa. Katrina is also deaf and in this video, shares her experience volunteering abroad through the AVID program. 

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Register Your Interest


Stay up to date with the latest Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) news and opportunities by signing up to the registered interest list. You will receive a monthly e-newsletter, containing volunteer information relevant to your skills and regions of interest, and you’ll be the first know about the latest events.

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