Volunteering is an excellent way to gain experience and practical skills to add to the technical skills gained in your study. Through volunteering you can contribute greatly to your community and can network with a wide range of people. Graduate employers look for community involvement when recruiting new employees.

Benefits of volunteering

  • Strengthen your employment skills – communication, teamwork, problem solving, planning
  • Get work or industry related experience
  • Develop your professional network and make new contacts
  • Show initiative and motivation to employers
  • Contribute to your community – giving is its own reward
  • Support a cause you feel strongly about

What to consider when choosing volunteer activities

Think about what’s important to you in terms of the outcomes you are hoping to achieve through volunteer work. Identify the key activities you would like to undertake and the skills you would like to gain. When considering a volunteer opportunity, you may want to consider these questions:

  • What sort of duties will I be expected to do?
  • I don’t have any previous experience in this area. Does this matter?
  • Will I receive any training?
  • How much time will I be expected to give?
  • I might not be able to offer any time around exam periods. Does this matter?
  • If I am injured, will I be covered by insurance?

Volunteer at JCU

JCU offers a wide variety of volunteering opportunities for students and community members.

Opportunities cover everything from note-taking for students, to assisting our researchers.

Volunteer in your community

Volunteers are vital to many organisations, so consider lending a hand in your community. To find what is available in your area of interest and location, log in to Volunteering Australia

For opportunities in Cairns, contact FNQ Volunteers Inc

For opportunities in Townsville, contact Volunteering North Queensland

You might also like to contact one or more of the following volunteering organisations:

Volunteer overseas

Volunteering overseas can provide wonderful opportunities to immerse yourself in a different culture and really make a difference to a community or cause.

Undertaking any overseas role requires a considerable investment of time, energy and often money. Careful planning is required to ensure that you minimise any risks.

You should carefully research any organisation you are thinking of signing up with and remember to take into account any health and safety issues involved in living and working overseas.

Listed below are some organisations for you to research. Please note that JCU Careers and Employment does not endorse any aid organisations.