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How to participate in our research studies

Have you volunteered with an international development program and completed your assignment? Or, are you working in the development sector in Australia?

Australian Red Cross invites you to take part in one of two studies.

Red Cross is conducting research into the contributions that international volunteers make to local and international development activities and agendas once their assignment has ended.

International volunteers who have participated in any international development program, with any organisation or as a self-funded volunteer, are invited to take part. Even if your volunteer assignment was years ago or for a short period, we are interested in hearing about your experiences.

We would also like to hear from people who are working in the development sector in Australia -from international development to community development - including both paid work and civic engagement. These participants do not need to have been international volunteers themselves.

There are two ways to participate:

  • A one-on-one interview with a senior researcher which will run for 30-60 minutes. Interviews will be conducted in all capital cities where possible.
  • Take one, or both, of our surveys depending on which ones apply to you:


Returned international volunteers

Working in the development sector

Each survey should take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete.

Participating in either of these studies is entirely voluntary, and you will not be identified unless you give permission to be quoted

To participate in an interview or for further information, please email  Dr Martine Hawkes or phone 03 9345 1808.

The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee.


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Photo: Conor Ashleigh (Australian Red Cross)