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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: 20 January 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

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  • (NEW) O'Week Volunteering 22-25 February (Students Only)

    Do you remember what it was like when you first started at university? It was both exciting and scary – and it probably wasn’t as easy as you expected. 

    We are looking for friendly, approachable and reliable people who can help to enrich the student experience. As an O'Week volunteer you will meet new students on the first day of O'Week, attend Welcome Talks, conduct a Campus Tour and participate in Orientation activities available in O'Week.

    Volunteer Roles

    Several volunteer roles include but not limited to; 

    • Event Support - assist with registration, setup and pack down
    • Campus Tours - for relevant faculty
    • Basic Enquiry Management - located at information booths to assist new students with enquiries
    • Social Activities - engage with new students and share your university experiences

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be current students with a minimum of 1 academic year completed, with excellent communication skills, confident in public speaking, good customer service and have a basic knowledge of University Systems from a student perspective.

    Applicants must be available on Monday 22 February from 7.00am-5.00pm with several other shifts available between 23-25 February. You must attend a compulsory training session (date to be advised). Refreshments, t-shirt and certificate of recognition will be provided. Hours will be recognised as part of the Adelaide Graduate Award.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the volunteer application form or contact Dana Wilkinson at dana.wilkinson@adelaide.edu.au for further information. 

  • (NEW) FREE English Language Lessons (volunteers must be from non-English speaking background)

    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.

    Responsibilities

    • Attend scheduled lessons via Zoom online.
    • Thursday 11 March - Thursday 14 April. Held on Tuesday & Thursday from 5.30pm-7.30pm 
    • Tuesday 27 April - Thursday 27 May Held on Tuesday & Thursday from 5.30pm-7.30pm

    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. Applicants must have access to a computer with a webcam camera and microphone and reliable internet and data access. 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 Monday15 February.

  • (NEW) Social Media Volunteer

    The University Volunteer Program (UVP) has over 3,500 volunteers across 70+ different programs. In line with the Social Media Strategy, the UVP Facebook page is designed to engage with current and prospective volunteers about what is happening within the University and the volunteer programs. The purpose of the role is for the Social Media Volunteers to contribute to the engagement of the UVP to current and prospective volunteers by coordinating and creating content for Facebook posts. 

    Responsibilities

    In consultation with the Volunteer Program Coordinator, UVP Social Media Volunteers will:
    •    Monitor and respond to posts where appropriate as outlined in the Statement of Use
    •    Plan and schedule regular social media posts by adding to Trello Board
    •    Promote Volunteering Opportunities
    •    Promote UVP activities, training and events
    •    Coordinate and interview current volunteers for profiling
    •    Identify and follow relevant Facebook accounts for reposting eg. Volunteering SA&NT

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must have a working knowledge of Facebook and other relevant Social Media platforms. Knowledge of the University Volunteer Program and being a current university volunteer will be advantageous. Applicants must have the ability to work in a team and individually, excellent written and verbal communication skills with time management skills and ability to meet ongoing deadlines. This volunteer role is flexible with working hours estimated at 1-3 hours per week with planning meetings once a month for 1-2 hours. Media and Marketing students encouraged to apply.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please send your resume to Kerry James at volunteer@adelaide.edu.au by the Friday 12 February.

  • Gardening at Urrbrae House Gardens and Arboretum (Waite Campus)

    With more than 2,400 plant specimens in our world-class Arboretum and the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct gardens, assistance is always welcome. Our volunteers meet regularly on Tuesdays and Fridays to garden, followed by a coffee and a chat. This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers who no longer have a garden at home yet long to be out in the fresh air in a friendly and supportive environment.

    Responsibilities

    • Gardening, planting, weeding and pruning
    • Adhere to Health, Safety and Welfare Policy

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public who have an interest in gardening. Must be respectful, professional, enthusiastic, punctual and reliable. Please note that this volunteer program runs every Tuesday and Fridays from 9.15 am –12.15 pm except during extreme weather. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Please email erica.boyle@adelaide.edu.au or phone 08 8313 7405.

  • Conservation Volunteer for Waite Conservation Reserve (Waite Campus)

    The Waite Conservation Reserve is the home to hundreds of species of native plants as well as kangaroos, koalas and echidnas and is a valuable asset to the University of Adelaide and the people of South Australia. The Reserve comprises of 121 hectares, of which 110 hectares are under Heritage Agreement. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air in a friendly and supportive environment.

    Responsibilities

    • Gardening, planting, weeding and pruning
    • Adhere to Health, Safety and Welfare Policy

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public who have an interest in gardening. Must be respectful, professional, enthusiastic, punctual and reliable. Please note that this volunteer program runs the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month except during extreme weather. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Please email erica.boyle@adelaide.edu.au or phone 08 8313 7405.

  • 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.

    Responsibilities

    • 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.

More opportunities

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