Undertake a volunteering experience for credit and be introduced to new people, places, and skills that will kickstart your career. Engage with unique communities, expand your understanding of different cultures, and get involved with worthwhile projects - while developing your skills and advancing your career.

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Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is more than spending your time to help others. A volunteering experience can help you develop new skills, knowledge and networks - all while participating in service activities that benefit communities or a cause. It can be hard to secure a job or internship without any experience under your belt - volunteering is a fantastic way to demonstrate key competencies that employers look for the graduate job market. Volunteering experience can also give you direction in your career, as you learn more about a cause that you are interested in, and the different people, organisations, and initiatives that are involved.

Benefits to Volunteering

  • Increases self-confidence
  • Provides a sense of purpose
  • Makes you feel good
  • Grows your network that will benefit you and your career
  • Connects you to a community
  • Build your resume credentials
  • Experience to draw upon on future job interviews
  • Develop and learn new skills, particularly the soft skills employers look for in employees:
    • Communication and interpersonal skills
    • Collaborative teamwork skills
    • Leadership experience
  • Builds your resilience and adaptability to change
  • Gain workplace experience
  • Make new friends

Types of Volunteering Opportunities

You have the opportunity to plan a volunteering experience domestically, or internationally:

Domestic volunteering programs
There are a large number of organisations in Australia that provide volunteering experiences. Do your research and don’t limit yourself. Try to secure a volunteering opportunity that is related to your study area. For example, if you have writing skills as a Communications student, let them know so they place you in a volunteer position that will best utilise your skills, while providing you with the opportunity to hone your craft.

Overseas volunteering programs
Deakin have a number of pre-approved overseas volunteering programs available for to apply for.. These opportunities could see you building a house in Peru, or saving the sea turtles in Costa Ricca alongside students from universities around the world. You can learn more about these programs at the Deakin Abroad Volunteering website page here.

Credit information and process

Volunteer experiences can count towards the following two units.

You will not be able to enroll in your volunteering unit until you have registered your WIL experience and gained approval from the ArtsEd WIL team. To register, you must complete a Volunteering Registration Form and submit this to the WIL team at least 2 weeks prior to your start date.

Although volunteering experiences are a little different to internship experiences, you may also find the tips on our Internship Registration Process page a great guide that can help you to prepare, secure and register your volunteering experience. If you have any questions regarding our WIL registration process, or have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to Contact the WIL team.

Planning your WIL experience

WIL experiences must be enrolled for-credit, so it’s important that you contact a Student Adviser to discuss your course progression and plan where Global Learning, Volunteering, or International Experience will sit in your course. Please Contact a Student Adviser regularly to make sure you’re up to date and on track with your course credits and requirements.

Funding your WIL experience

There may be some funding opportunities you can apply for to help support or fund your Global Learning, Volunteering, or International Experience. Find up to date information regarding these opportunities here.

How to include Volunteer Work on your Resume

The DeakinTALENT team are your go-to resume assistance team at Deakin. They can provide you with guidance to strongly articulate your volunteer experience to ensure that it showcases the skills employers are looking for in your application.

Get in contact with the DeakinTALENT team and undertake a Career Success Workshops to help you put your best foot forward.

Global Citizenship Program

In an increasingly globalised world, employers and businesses are looking for candidates who understand interdependent issues from local and global perspectives. Possessing a Deakin degree demonstrates that you are globally aware, culturally sensitive, and adapt well to new and diverse environments.

The Global Citizenship Program takes this to the next level. It is designed to enhance your cultural intelligence and strengthen your sense of community with inclusive leadership skills. The Program enhances your international engagement during your degree. You can undertake diverse global learning experiences such as:

  • International study experiences
  • International internships
  • Foreign language studies
  • Micro-credential accredited modules
  • Leadership in clubs/organisations with a global focus

View a full list of GCP-endorsed activities on the Deakin Abroad application portal. Upon completion of your global learning experiences, you are eligible to apply for a Global Citizenship Award, including our Deakin GCP micro-credential and the option of a further CQAccelerator micro-credential. Learn more about the program here.

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