Discover all the types of volunteering with examples and how to find your own reason to volunteer
Finding volunteering opportunities
Searching, creating a volunteer profile and what checks and clearances you might need
Getting into volunteering is a way to build the skills, knowledge and confidence to become workplace ready
Check out yvolunteer.org.au opportunities and search by your interests to find experiences near you. See what volunteering roles are available, stories of how other youth volunteers got started and what you can do to get ready for volunteering.
Every volunteering opportunity is different and every organisation will have different requirements. In yvolunteer.org.au you can choose positions at the time commitment that suits you, for example once-off or ongoing. Some roles might be looking for a volunteer for an event, a couple hours a month, or whenever you have time. Roles can be in-person or online and may be flexible to fit around your other commitments.
Ask about any mentoring or support while you get used to the volunteer role and then build up responsibilities, as your confidence and skills develop. It is okay to make and talk about any mistakes, and to see this as a learning experience.
Volunteering is social! If you are nervous about starting a volunteer role, you can ask friends or family to join with you and share the experience. Volunteering can help with your personal and career development and also help develop transferrable skills like IT or communication skills, which are sought after in the workplace. Volunteering also helps you gain work experience, meet new people or contacts and can increase self-confidence. Volunteer organisations can provide recognition for service and also be referees for job applications.
Before you start, ask about a trial period to see if the role is a good fit for you and the organisation. Be open with the organisation you volunteer with - if you feel that you are no longer in a position to volunteer, give the organisation some notice to allow them to find a replacement. It's worth remembering too, that if a volunteering activity doesn't turn out as you'd expected, there are other opportunities you can try.
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