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Alumni Network


RAVN was launched by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 2015 and brings together all Australian Government funded returned volunteers through the Australian aid program since the 1960s. You can find more information about the network here. The network aims to be a place for returned volunteers from all Australian Government-funded overseas volunteer programs to connect with each other and continue to tell stories and share ideas and resources, long after returning home from their assignments.

Scope Global, as an implementing partner of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, also continues to positively engage with returned Australian volunteers to continue their relationship to the AVID program. It is hoped that the Alumni community will promote the involvement of Australians in development issues and positively contribute to the promotion of the AVID program and Australia's broader overseas aid program.

In addition to RAVN, Scope Global offers the following opportunities for Alumni:

  • Attend Debrief
  • Facilitate sessions at Debriefs or Briefings
  • Undertake a Development Internship
  • Participate in State-based social events
  • Present at Information Sessions
  • Exhibit at a Careers Fair on behalf of the program
  • Contribute articles to program publications
  • Participate in program media and public relations opportunities
  • Access professional development and employment opportunities

Please take the time to update your details with us so you receive information that is relevant to you.
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Transitioning Home

Before returning home there are a few things you will need to do in order to tie up loose ends such as meeting with your ICM Team to confirm a return date, organising return flights and completing an exit interview.

In order to receive your Resettlement Allowance (for assignments over six months) you will need to complete the following:

  • Post placement medical assessment
  • End of Assignment Report
  • Must be completed within six weeks of your official end of assignment date

Please refer to the post-assignment information for more details on what to do in the lead up to completing your assignment.


Following an AVID assignment the next important part of the volunteer journey is attending an Australian Volunteers Debrief. Over the course of a weekend returned volunteers are encouraged to reflect on their time in country, discuss common issues around re-entry, and reconnect with and establish networks of people who understand the volunteer experience.

Two Debriefs are held per year. Each event is held in a capital city and has up to 100 places available for returned volunteers.

Future Debriefs

Register your interest in attending a future Debrief and we will place you on a notification list. The next scheduled Debrief is November 18-19, 2017 in Melbourne.


State Representatives


More than 4000 returned volunteers make up the Australian Volunteers Alumni Community and this number continues to grow daily.

State Representatives (State Reps) are an active group of returned volunteers engaged by Scope Global to foster and grow the Alumni Community within each state. There are at least two for every state and territory, and a few of the bigger states have a trio of representatives to share the workload, such as Victoria and New South Wales.

State Rep Resources

Development Opportunities

Development Internships

Development Internships are designed to help returned volunteers break into - or re-enter - the international or community development sector in Australia. Development Internships are designed to mutually benefit both the returned volunteer and the Australian host organisation.

The AVID program provides funding for Development Internships of up to $1,500 for the minimum duration of 152 hours (equivalent to 20 working days, 4 weeks full-time). Limited funding is available each year for Development Internships.

Application Guidelines Application Form

Staying engaged

There are many websites that may be of use to you if you are interested in pursuing a career in development or staying engaged in the sector.

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