Does caring for koalas in Queensland, observing dolphins on Kangaroo Island, or rescuing injured wildlife in Western Australia appeal to you?
How about teaching French in an outback school, coordinating outdoor education for high school students in Tasmania, or getting hands-on with science and technology education at a leading public institution in Perth?
Or, would you rather make an impact by volunteering in a hospital in Hobart or working with the Red Cross in the beautiful Blue Mountains?
Choose a volunteer path that appeals to your sense of adventure and discovery! This is your chance to develop your own skills and experience everyday life with a host family in Australia. During your time abroad, you can learn more about yourself and what you’re truly capable of as you form friendships that will last a lifetime.
AFS Australia’s Community Service Program offers placements in a range of community service organizations across Australia for a 5-month or a 3-month duration. Participants must volunteer for a minimum of 25 hours per week in their designated community placement.
Community service placements are offered in the following areas:
· Environment: Work with animals or in agriculture
· Education: Volunteer with children and young people
· Health: Volunteer in hospitals and community clinics
· Community Development: Work with charities and non-profit organizations
Every year, we develop partnerships with new community organizations and source new placements for our participants – so stay tuned and watch this list grow!
You’ll live with an Australian host family and volunteer with a local community organization. Your program fee includes accommodations, most of your meals and daily transport to/from your community organization.
Applicants must be proficient in English and complete a Skype or Zoom video interview with AFS Australia staff. This is to ensure that you have the necessary communication skills to participate in the program as well as to establish expectations about your community service placement.