Volunteering FAQs

How do I become a volunteer?

 

  1. Submit an application via email at enquiries@pgpurpose.org stating your skills, experience and availability, and/or applicable role
  2. If shortlisted, attend an interview
  3.  Start volunteering!

What kind of volunteer roles are available?

 

We offer a large range of volunteer opportunities across our programs. Volunteer roles are diverse and each requires different sets of skills, experience and availability.

Can I submit a general expression of interest to volunteer?

 

Yes, you can submit your EoI at enquiries@pgpurpose.org

I want to volunteer, but only for a short time, can I do this?

 

Generally, we prefer volunteers to commit to 12 months with us. Not only does this ensure efficient use of our resources dedicated to training of new volunteers, it is also important for the benefit of the overlooked people we serve that our programs operate with continuity and stability.

We do however occasionally advertise short term volunteer opportunities. Please read the Volunteer Position Descriptions for further information about the minimum time commitment required for individual roles.

How many hours a week does volunteering require?

 

Generally, we ask that volunteers are available for one day each week from noon till 5 pm; however, other programs are more flexible. You will have further opportunity to discuss this with individual Program Managers at Information Evenings and/or interview.

I work fulltime, can I still volunteer?

 

As we primarily operate during business hours, the majority of our volunteering opportunities are during the day Monday to Friday. However some services operate on weekends or are not bound by geography/working hours.

Can I choose which program I volunteer in?

 

When you submit an application you can choose which of the available volunteer roles you wish to apply for based on your preference, availability and qualifications/skills. Successful candidates are chosen based upon careful comparison of the demands of the position with the abilities and skills of each candidate.

How long does the recruitment and selection process take?

 

From the time volunteer applications close, it generally takes a few weeks to process the applications, shortlist and organise interviews.

We take selection of volunteers seriously for two reasons:
1. To ensure we match you and prepare you for your role.
2. To ensure we provide the best services possible for people seeking asylum.

How often do you take new volunteers?

 

We take volunteers on a rolling basis

Where are the volunteer roles based?

 

The majority of our volunteer roles are best done from Melbourne (primary) or Sydney (secondary).  That said, offsite and remote volunteer opportunities are also available.

What sorts of volunteers are you looking for?

 

We are looking for volunteers who are:
– Reliable and deeply committed to the welfare of some of the most overlooked people in society and share our values, this may be volunteer, but if you do choose to volunteer, then it’s not optional.
– Able and prepared to undertake ‘program specific training’ as needed

I don’t really know a lot about people seeking asylum, refugees, or other overlooked groups. is this a problem?

 

You don’t need to be an expert on asylum seeker issues, immigration, or overlooked people; however, a strong interest and commitment is required. You will have ample opportunity to learn more about people through your time with us.

I am under 18. Can I volunteer?

 

Yes, on  a case-by-case basis.

How do I get to you?

 

Please see our ‘contact us’

I still have questions!

Please send us an email at enquiries@pgpurpose.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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