Community based volunteering
Community based volunteering internships are unpaid placements in not-for-profit, community organisations.
The unit encourages a hands-on approach to learning and assists you to develop 'citizenship' skills and appreciate the impact of your role as individuals in society.
The program offers a diverse range of opportunities such as assisting in a remote village in India, visiting a church or community group, going to Katmandu and volunteering as part of the Tilganga Eye Centre or volunteering at your local Red Cross, hospital, St Vincent de Paul or other not-for-profit organisation.
Community based volunteering (CBV) aims to:
- enhance your learning by participating in activities benefiting the community in roles outside of your chosen course of study
- develop citizenship, generic employability skills and graduate attributes that enhance your future employment opportunities
- develop University partnerships through student placements that will provide organisational benefit
- gain credit towards your degree
- help you develop 'citizenship' and appreciate the impact of your role in society
The program involves a range of reflective assessment tasks to facilitate the learning outcomes.
Students source their own placement, however some opportunities are advertised on the DeakinTALENT website.
Community based volunteering opportunities are normally unpaid with Deakin University providing the required insurance cover.
|MWL201||Community based volunteering|
Application process has changed. You must now apply via InPlace.
- How do I log into InPlace?
InPlace is separate to Cloud Deakin and Student Connect. Current Deakin students are able to access the InPlace website.
- Where do I get my InPlace username and password?
Students use their current Deakin University username and password
- Do I need to submit any other documentation to complete my self-placement?
Yes. Students are required to attach the Host form (DOCX, 137 KB) and a copy of their current resume to your application.
Please ensure you upload one document only in each section. If you have multiple pages/files you will need to merge them into a single document.
If your placement is outside of Australia, you will need to complete the International Host form (DOCX, 136 KB) and include with your application.
- What happens once I submit my self-placement?
The WIL team will assess your application and will notify you through InPlace on whether application has been ‘successful’ or not successful within five to ten business days.
- Why was my self-placement ‘not successful’?
There are many reasons as to why a student’s self-placement was not successful. It can be as simple as the student has not attached all of the required documentation or has incorrectly filled out their self-placement.
Details on the reasons as to why the application was unsuccessful are available through the ‘InPlace Self Placement Dropbox’.
If the unsuccessful application details are more complex, students may have to talk to a WIL team member.
Volunteering placement opportunities
Please note: Deakin University cannot guarantee the availability of placements with any of these organisations and it is the student's responsibility to ensure the organisation is suitable for your needs.
Securing a placement with any of these organisations does not guarantee enrolment in MWL201. Enrolment will only be unlocked once your application for the Community based volunteering unit at Deakin University is approved.
|Anglicare Victoria||Any discipline|
|Australian Conservation Foundation||Any discipline|
|Australian Migrant Education Service (AMES)||Education, Any discipline|
|Brotherhood of St Laurence||Any discipline|
|Cancer Council of Victoria - Relay for Life||Exercise and nutrition sciences, health, human resources, journalism, media and communications, marketing, public health and health promotion, public relations|
|City of Whitehorse||Any discipline|
|Conservation Volunteers||Life and environmental sciences, science|
|C8 Journey||Any discipline|
|Department of Education and Planning, Community Development||Any discipline|
|Deakin Study Abroad and Exchange||Any discipline|
|Deakin Business and Law internship program||Commerce|
|DUSA Red Shirts||Any discipline|
|Eastern Volunteers||Any discipline|
|Event Workforce||Business, exercise and nutrition sciences, health, human resources, information technology, journalism, media and communications, marketing, public health and health promotion|
|International Internships||Any discipline|
|Interchange Outer East||Any discipline, health, nursing, public health and health promotion, psychology|
|Kidney Health Australia||Health, nursing, public health and health promotion, public relations, science|
|Kidsafe Victoria||Public health and health promotion, media and communications, marketing, graphic design|
|Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley Local Learning Education Network||Any discipline|
|Melbourne Youth Initiative||Education, health, nursing, medicine, public health and health promotion, psychology and social work|
|Oaktree Foundation||Any discipline|
|Public Interest Law Clearing House||Law|
|Parkinsons Victoria||Any discipline|
|Plan International||Business, creative industries, human resources, international and political studies, communications, journalism, public relations, marketing|
|Projects Abroad||Business, creative industries, education, exercise science and nutrition, health, international and political studies, journalism, public relations, law, environmental science, nursing public health and health promotion|
|Reconnexion||Psychology, public health, health promotion, health|
|Roteract (Rotary Youth Programs)||Any discipline|
|Salvation Army Box Hill||Public health and health promotion, psychology|
|St Vincent de Paul||Any discipline|
|The Brotherhood of St Laurence||Any discipline|
|The Salvation Army Box Hill||Public health and health promotion, psychology, social work|
|Whitehorse Community Chest||Marketing, finance/accounting, information systems|
|YGAP - Y Generation Against Poverty||Any discipline|
|Amnesty International||Any discipline|
|Anam Cara House||Health, life and environmental sciences, medicine and nursing, public health and health promotion, psychology, social work|
|Barwon Health Foundation|
|Barwon Youth||Any discipline|
|Cancer Council of Victoria - Relay for Life||Business, creative industries, education, exercise and nutrition sciences, health, international and political studies, journalism, media and communications, law, life and environmental sciences, medicine and nursing, public health and health promotion, social work|
|Conservation Volunteers||Any discipline|
|Department of Planning and Community Development||Any discipline|
|Diversitat - Settlement and Community Support Services||Education, international and political studies, law, medicine and nursing, public health and health promotion, social work|
|DUSA Red Shirts Volunteer Program||Any discipline|
|Event Workforce||Business, exercise and nutrition sciences, health, human resources, information technology, journalism, media and communications, marketing, public health and health promotion, public relations|
|Faculty of Business & Law Internship Program||Business|
|Gateways Support Service||Any discipline|
|Glastonbury Support Services||Education, health, medicine and nursing, psychology, social work|
|Life Saving Victoria||Any discipline|
|Lifeline Geelong Barwon Region||Any discipline|
|Lions Club International||Any discipline|
|Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre||Education, life and environmental sciences, science|
|Melbourne Youth Initiative||Education, health, medicine and nursing, public health and health promotion, psychology, social work|
|National Trust of Australia||Any discipline|
|Parks Victoria||Any discipline|
|Projects Abroad||Any discipline|
|Roteract Club of Deakin University||Any discipline|
|St John's Ambulance||Any discipline|
|St Vincent De Paul||Any discipline|
|Study Abroad and Exchange Office||Any discipline|
|Uniting Care Geelong||Any discipline, business, creative industries, human resources, information technology, journalism, media and communications, marketing|
|Volunteering Geelong||Any discipline|
|YGAP - Y Generation Against Poverty||Any discipline|