Lifestyle and support

International volunteering offers a mix of experience and exposure to another community and culture that is hard to find in everyday life. The Australian Volunteers Program provides a range of lifestyle and support services to help you make the most out of your assignment.

How we support volunteers


Travel to in-country assignments

The Australian Volunteers Program covers return flights from Australia and appropriate visas for volunteers and approved accompanying dependents.

Learning and development 

Volunteer assignments provide opportunities for growth and can be challenging. To transition into life as a volunteer and develop new skills and capabilities, remote and in-country volunteers participate in a pre-assignment briefing, in-country orientation, and language training. 

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In-country health care and cover

Volunteer health and well-being is a priority. In-country volunteers receive medical assessments and vaccinations, have access to 24 hour emergency support, are covered by comprehensive insurance, and can access confidential counselling.

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In-country safety and security 

Volunteer safety and security is of utmost importance. In-country volunteers receive comprehensive security information, develop their own Security Plan and have access to 24-hour emergency support.

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Allowances for remote and in-country volunteers

Remote volunteers are eligible for a modest remote volunteer allowance to cover the anticipated costs associated with remote volunteering.

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In-country volunteers are eligible for a modest accommodation and living allowance to maintain safe and secure accommodation and cover food, daily commute, communication, and other local costs.

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Partners and children for in-country volunteers

In-country volunteering can be a family affair. On longer in-country assignments, approved partners and children may be supported to accompany you.

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