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University action on COVID-19

The University Volunteer Program, coordinated by External Relations in conjunction with Volunteer Coordinators, is committed to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of the University's volunteers and the wider community. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation, and our response is being shaped by the latest advice from Australian health and foreign affairs authorities.

Last updated: 18 May 2021

With more than 70 volunteer groups across our Waite, Roseworthy and North Terrace campuses, there are a variety of volunteering roles available throughout the year. Only volunteer groups that are currently recruiting will be listed on this page.

For a full list of volunteering opportunities, please visit our where to volunteer page.

Current volunteering opportunities

  • Animal Ethics Committee - Category C & D Member

    It is necessary for all persons associated with the University of Adelaide to obtain appropriate ethical clearance for any research, teaching or experimental activity involving animals. The Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) assists the University to ensure that all activities it conducts relating to the care and use of animals are in compliance with the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes and the Animal Welfare Act (SA). In accordance with the Code, the Committee approves only those studies for which animals are essential and justified and which conform to the requirements of the Code. This takes into consideration factors including ethics, the impact on the animal or animals and the anticipated scientific or educational value.

    NOTE: The Category C member brings an independent view to the Committee.


    • Examine and approve or reject written proposals for new projects and ongoing activities relevant to the use of animals for scientific purposes;
    • Approve guidelines for the care and management of animals that are bred, held and used for scientific purposes on behalf of the University;
    • Monitor the acquisition, transportation, production, housing, care, use and fate of animals;
    • Provide advice and recommend to the institution any measures needed to ensure that the standards of the Code are maintained;
    • Recommend action required in regard to unexpected adverse events and authorise the emergency treatment or euthanasia of any animal;
    • Recommend action required when projects or activities that are in breach of the Code are detected;
    • Examine and comment on institutional plans and policies that may affect the welfare of animals used for scientific and teaching purposes;
    • Contribute to the reporting requirements of the institution and the Code as specified.

    Who can apply?

    • A person with demonstrable commitment to, and established experience in, furthering the welfare of animals.
    • Will have no existing affiliation with the University and will not be currently involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.
    • Active membership of, and endorsement by, an animal welfare organisation (while not representing the organisation) is desirable.
    • Computer literacy – email, download files, navigate the animal ethics online web form application system (training provided for the online system)

    Does this position interest you?

    To apply please send your CV with a letter of support from the animal welfare organisation to amanda.camporeale@adelaide.edu.au. For further information please visit our website.

  • Communication role-play for Dental Patient Volunteer Program

    With the Adelaide Dental School Volunteer Patient Program, volunteers help the University's Dental and Oral Health Therapy students learn the essential skill of effective patient communication. This program is part of the communication skills course for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Oral Health degrees. There’s no dental treatment involved and previous acting experience is not required.


    • participate in communication role-plays
    • attend training and induction sessions
    • adhere to the University's Volunteer Policy and Procedures

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or public, who have an interest in supporting students. Applicants must have excellent communication skills, and be reliable, punctual and committed. Please note information and training sessions are held in late July, and teaching sessions run in August, September and October. Sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, generally from 12.45 pm – 4.00 pm, although occasionally sessions may end at 5.00 pm.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Dental School Volunteer Patient Program Coordinator Clinton Kempster at clinton.kempster@adelaide.edu.au 

  • Social Media Officer for Writing Centre

    The aim of the Writing Centre is to help students, no matter their skill level, in their development as writers through in person and one-on-one consultations. The purpose of the Writing Centre Social Media Officers is to contribute to the promotion of the Writing Centre to students and staff by coordinating the creation and posting of content such as advertising services, resources, study skills advice, team contributions and program details. 


    • Plan and schedule regular social media posts promoting Writing Centre activities, leaders and program details.
    • Create digital content for social media posts including photographs, digital flyers/posters, interviews, and mini-blog entries for Writing Centre social media accounts.
    • Monitor and respond to basic comments and queries on Writing Centre social media accounts.  
    • Identify and re-post relevant material to Writing Centre social media accounts. 
    • Identify and follow relevant social media accounts from the broader university and peer learning/mentoring programs.
    • Coordinate guest posting by Writing Centre Leaders and staff. 

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be currently enrolled students of the University of Adelaide with a working knowledge of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Applicants should have strong study skills and high GPA along with excellent time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines, excellent communication skills, self-drive, work independently and show leadership and initiative. Social Media Officers will be required to attend planning and supervision meetings across the teaching year and contribute between 1-3 hours per week. Completion of training induction is essential. Media and Marketing students encouraged to apply.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please send a cover letter outlining why you would be suitable for the position and a one page CV to carolyn.haese@adelaide.edu.au by Tuesday 1 June 2021. 

  • Student support for International Students

    Do you speak English fluently? We need your help! 

    The Talking with Aussies (TWA) program matches current international students of the University with volunteers to practice conversational English for one hour per week. If you can spare an hour a week to chat one-on-one in person or online with an international student, we’d love to welcome you as a member of the Talking with Aussies Program. Volunteers come from a range of age groups and backgrounds and include students, retirees and working professionals.


    • To chat with students on a regular basis (approximately one hour per week)
    • To foster students’ language development, for example: communicating with confidence, pronunciation, and Aussie slang. This will be of a general nature; the program is not a tutoring or editing service
    • To engage in a range of conversation topics which may help the student become more familiar with Australian customs and culture

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be able to speak fluent English and have the ability to interact with people in-person and on-line from diverse backgrounds and age groups with a patient and friendly manner. Students, staff, alumni and public can volunteer for this position.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please view the volunteer application pamphlet before applying or contact Lian van Veen, Program Coordinator at twa@adelaide.edu.au.

  • Volunteer for FREE English Language Lessons

    The University of Adelaide's English Language Centre is looking for volunteers from non-English speaking backgrounds for FREE English Lessons which are run through their teacher training program.


    Be available to attend lessons held in Adelaide on;

    • Monday to Friday at 9.00am -12.00 pm from Wednesday 30 June to Thursday 8 July (no weekends)
    • Monday to Friday at 9.00am -12.00 pm from Friday 9 July to Friday 16 July (no weekends)

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be over the age of 18 and can be visitors, existing students or resident migrants from a non-English speaking background. A Certificate of Attendance will be presented for attendance of at least 80%.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the expression of interest form by the 6 June 2021.

More opportunities

Didn't find what you were looking for? Go to our where to volunteer page for a complete list of volunteering opportunities.