How to apply

To be eligible for the AVID Program you must be over 18 and an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen with a Special Conditions Visa (SCV), or an Australian permanent resident.

You can participate in the AVID program as many times as you like.

To complete your application you’ll need:

  • your CV (a template is provided on the online form)
  • your personal details
  • a statement outlining your skills and experience to individually address each of the selection criteria
  • scanned copies of your permanent residency visa and Medicare card (if applicable)


  • Take your time. Allow sufficient time to complete an application, pay attention to the details and proofread your submission.
  • Carefully consider and research the assignment, the host organisation, the location and country of the assignment.
  • Use relevant examples wherever possible to demonstrate a wide variety of life experiences and your suitability for the role. You can include experiences such as previous volunteer work, sport coaching, mentoring in the workplace or travel.
  • Demonstrate that you have the personal qualities required to be a volunteer in a developing country and are prepared to face the challenges of working in a developing country and foreign culture with an open mind.
  • Follow the word limit as a guide to the amount of information and level of detail the recruitment team is expecting.

There is a dedicated volunteer recruitment team at Scope Global, who are specialised at selecting applicants for the AVID program. The process is inclusive and based on a mixture of merit, relevant qualifications, demonstrated skills and experience as well as suitability to the overall objectives of the AVID program.

The process from when you submit your application to when you depart on assignment can take up to 4-5 months. This gives you time to wrap up any loose ends here in Australia and make sure you are completely prepared for your volunteer experience.

Here is a snapshot of the selection process you can expect once you have submitted your application:

  • Assignments are advertised 1st – 21st each month
  • Applications are received
  • Shortlisting of candidates
  • Interviews and psychometric assessment
  • Reference checks
  • Conditional offers
  • Australian Volunteers Briefing
  • Departure

The final stage of the application process is the Australian Volunteers Briefing. All recommended candidates must attend this four-day briefing, generally held the month before you depart on assignment.

At the briefing, you will meet other volunteers, returned volunteers and members of the AVID support staff from Scope Global.

The Australian Volunteers Briefing will provide detailed information relevant to your upcoming assignment including:

  • policies and expectations of the AVID program
  • the Australian aid program – its objectives, work in the region, capacity building and sustainable development
  • cross-cultural communication and health and safety in-country

The AVID program covers the domestic travel and accommodation costs of attending the Australian Volunteers Briefing.

Occasionally, things don’t go according to plan. Scope Global reserves the right to withdraw a volunteer assignment at any stage of the assignment, selection or pre-departure preparation process.