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.
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
• sensitivity to cross cultural issues
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.