FAQ

To find out more about the AVID program you can visit The Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade official AVID website.

Scope Global will deliver the AVID program until its completion on 31 December 2017. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will launch the new Australian Volunteers Program (AVP) in 2018.

Assignments are advertised from the 1st to 21st of each month. Occasionally, assignments will be advertised outside this time-frame, so make sure you check the website regularly.

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You must be aged 18 or over and be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen with a special category visa (SCV) or an Australian permanent resident.

You will work the standard business hours of your hosting overseas partner organisation – usually Monday to Friday. Some countries may have an early start and early finish, and some may work Monday to Saturday, with reduced hours each day.

You will receive one week recreational leave for every three months of service. The recreational leave must be used while on assignment and cannot be paid out at the conclusion of the assignment.

It is mandatory that you attend the Australian Volunteers Briefing. These briefings are usually held in the weeks prior to mobilisation and are held in Australia. If you are overseas, you will need to return to Australia (at your own expense) for the briefing.

All travel arrangements covered by the AVID program use Australia as the point of origin. You can mobilise from overseas, but these costs are not covered by the program.

Yes, satisfactory attendance is a mandatory component of the selection process unless you have previously attended an Australian Volunteer Briefing within the 24 months prior to your mobilisation.

There is no flexibility around the Australian Volunteers Briefing dates. You will need to arrange your schedule to ensure you can attend.

No, but it is wise to begin learning prior to mobilisation to give yourself a head start. Once in country, you will be given a one-to-two week orientation by the in-country management team, including some basic language training. If your assignment is six months or longer, you are also eligible to apply for a language training allowance.

Some countries have restricted freedoms (such as rights for women or religious expression) and some countries have legislation banning homosexuality. Alcohol consumption is not acceptable in certain communities.

You need to be fully aware of these laws and cultural expectations in the host country prior to applying for a role. If you are offered an assignment, you will sign a Code of Conduct obliging you to follow local law, so you must be mindful of any laws affecting you, prior to your application.

A health problem does not automatically exclude you from a volunteer assignment. However, some locations can be challenging and may have limited medical facilities so you must be aware of any implications to your health. All volunteers and program-supported dependants must go through a medical clearance process. Any existing health issues and their potential management in the assignment location will be considered during this medical.

We actively encourage people with disabilities to apply for assignments and we are committed to supporting people with disabilities to volunteer. Visit our disability support page.

If you are both successful candidates for roles in the same location at the same time, we will support you to volunteer together. However, we are unable to guarantee that you will both be successful as the selection process for each role is competitive.

For more information on volunteering with a partner or children, please visit our inclusive volunteering page.

A limited amount of financial support for dependants may be available if your assignment is 12 months or more. You must indicate your request for this support during the application process. Support for dependants is assessed on a case-by-case basis and is not taken into consideration when nominating the successful candidate. Support is not provided for schooling or childcare. Visit our support page for more information on partners and families.

The living and accommodation allowances provided are sufficient to cover safe and modest living costs in your host country. The allowances are not a salary and will not cover mortgages, education, childcare and other ongoing costs at home. Other potential costs you will need to consider include excess baggage and travel while on recreation leave. You will also need to cover the cost of a valid First Aid certificate if you don’t currently have one.