Emma Glenn is working as an occupational therapist with Komar Pikar Foundation in Cambodia.
Volunteering overseas will be one of the toughest but most rewarding jobs you will ever have.
You can gain both professionally and personally from volunteering. It can diversify your professional experience, broaden your skill set or fast-track a career in humanitarian work or international development. It will also enable you to make a unique personal contribution and have a life-changing experience.
What we provide
Return airfare to your country of assignment, plus airfares to Melbourne for pre-departure training if required.
A living allowance, paid fortnightly, that covers your expenses in country and enables a modest but comfortable lifestyle. (NB. This does not cover any expenses at home, such as a mortgage).
We will fund and help you find appropriate accommodation, including a guesthouse or hotel when you arrive in country and accommodation during your orientation.
Training and orientation
Before leaving, you participate in a training program to help you operate effectively in an international development context and within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.
Once you arrive in country, your orientation will include an introduction to the country and city, language training, important services and local laws and customs.
You will be covered by Australian Red Cross' travel and life insurance, which includes medical expenses, loss of baggage, personal liability and other risks.
Health and security support
Our volunteers' safety and wellbeing is our highest priority. You will have access to a 24-hour helpline that provides medical and emergency services, security information and psychosocial support. We will also help you develop your own personal security plan.
Volunteer network and in-country support
You'll join a network of international volunteers supported by the Australian Government. You will also have an Australian Red Cross representative who will be your main contact in country.
Becoming a volunteer
Follow this process to become an Australian Volunteer. Recruitment, mobilisation and training may take 3-4 months.
Find an assignment that suits your skills and interest. If you don't see a suitable assignment right now, subscribe to our email alerts to be notified when the right one comes along.
Complete the application form online via the 'Apply Now' button. You can apply for more than one assignment.
If your application is shortlisted, you'll participate in an interview process that includes face-to-face or telephone interviews, reference checks and a psychometric assessment.
The next step is to complete a health clearance which includes a full medical assessment.
You will also need to complete a Police Check and working with children checks.
Once you have been recommended for assignment, Australian Red Cross will cover the cost of a visit to a travel doctor and any vaccinations required.
You will need a current passport, and we will help you obtain a visa and make other travel arrangements.
Once you have been accepted into the program and obtained your health and police clearances, you can begin your personal preparations for departure.
Your preparation will include an online training course covering important information about the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, and your security in country.
Before you depart, you will also participate in a training program to help you operate effectively in an international development context.
Once you arrive in country, you will participate in an induction program that includes an introduction to the country and city, language training, important services and local laws and customs.
View current assignments, subscribe to our email alerts or call us on (03) 9345 1834 to discuss your options.
Photo: Tiet Ho (Australian Red Cross)