Volunteering is doing anything where you freely give your time and energy to benefit another person, group or the community. Young people have told us they volunteer because they want to do something that is fun, meaningful, will benefit the community and will improve their personal and professional skills.
Young volunteers in Victoria
Young people in Victoria volunteer in lots of different ways. Some volunteer regularly, while others volunteer at one off events. They are volunteering as:
Learn why these young women decided to volunteer:
Before you start looking for a volunteer opportunity, ask yourself a few questions.
What do you want to do? Think about:
How much time do you have? Think about:
Where do you want to volunteer? Think about:
There are lots of different ways to find a volunteer opportunity. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Found a volunteer opportunity and wondering what happens next? Well, there are no hard and fast rules, but here are some of the things you might be asked to do:
To make sure the volunteering opportunity is right for you - you might want to ask:
What exactly will you be doing? How will it fit into the wider aims of the organisation?
How often and for how long would the organisation like you to volunteer?
Or will you be reimbursed for any money you spend on travel or food?
Who will be supervising and supporting you as a volunteer? It could be good to meet them before you officially start volunteering.
Not all organisations have insurance for volunteers. This means that if you have an accident while you are volunteering, you (or your parents/guardians) will have to pay for any expenses. This is important to find out before you start, and to talk about with your parents/guardians.
Jarrod volunteered for YDAS (Youth Disability Advocacy Service) – learn what skills and experience he gained:
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