Volunteer FAQs

  • Why does World Vision engage volunteers?

    We engage volunteers because of their passion, enthusiasm, skills and experience; but most of all because they share a common goal in wanting to help the world’s poorest children and communities.

    Volunteering allows people to support this cause in non-financial ways.

    Volunteers are an essential part of World Vision.

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  • What are the benefits of volunteering with World Vision?

    When you volunteer with World Vision you can become involved in a vast network of likeminded people who are passionate and motivated about World Vision’s mission of eliminating poverty.

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  • Does World Vision ‘hire’ volunteers?

    Occasionally. But like everyone else, volunteers must go through the same application process, so it’s fair for all.

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  • Can I volunteer if I work full time?

    Yes. Many of our volunteers who work full time find time to volunteer during the evening or on weekends. Some even have the support of their employers to be involved in short-term or one-off projects.

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  • How many hours do you require from volunteers?

    It depends. There is a range of volunteer roles requiring different amounts of time – from full-time placements to one-off projects.

    We can work around you, based on your availability.

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  • Can I volunteer overseas?

    Sorry, not with World Vision.

    All our development projects are run in partnership with World Vision national offices in the countries where we work and they recruit qualified local staff. This promotes better community engagement and outcomes.

    If you’re interested in volunteering overseas, please contact:

    • VIDA: Volunteering for International Development from Australia: 1800 995 536
    • AYA: Australian Youth Ambassador Program: 1800 225 592
    • Global Vision International: 1300 795 013
    • Australian Volunteers International: 03 9279 1788
    • Australia International: 08 8331 8944



    There is currently an email scam inviting people to travel to Nigeria and work in a World Vision orphanage. World Vision has no association with this scam and we do not operate in Nigeria. We do not run orphanages in any country.

    If you receive this email, please report it to the Australian Federal Police or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    We also ask that you contact World Vision directly on 13 32 40.

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  • I live overseas. Can I volunteer with World Vision Australia?

    Unfortunately not. We do not have the resources to sponsor volunteers from overseas.

    If you're overseas, visit the World Vision International website and select the appropriate region you are in to view the current volunteer opportunities that are available.

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  • How can my company volunteer?

    By partnering with World Vision, Australian businesses can meet some of their corporate social responsibility goals through a range of volunteer opportunities for their employees.

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