Learning and development

The Australian Volunteers Program supports professional and personal development.

Learning and development resources

Preparing to leave

The Australian Volunteers Program assists volunteers with getting ready to leave for assignment. Along with interactive online learning modules, volunteers participate in a three-day pre-departure briefing where they have the opportunity to connect with other volunteers and gain additional knowledge and skills to prepare for going on assignment.

Read about the pre-departure briefing in the Australian Volunteers Guidebook.

Check out the Before you go section of the volunteer journey.

Read through Frequently Asked Questions about the pre-departure briefing.


On arrival 

Once on the ground, volunteers participate in an in-country orientation program that includes important safety and security information, builds upon the pre-departure briefing, and is designed to help volunteers settle in. 

Basic language training is included in the orientation program with the option to continue language lessons to enhance your volunteer experience. 

Read about the in-country orientation program in the Australian Volunteers Guidebook.


On assignment

Online learning modules are available to further develop volunteers' skills throughout their assignments.