What is Volunteering

Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.

The University Volunteer Program provides opportunities to volunteer in many different areas across its Waite, Roseworthy and North Terrace campuses and the wider community.

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, gain experience, strengthen your resume and share your skills, passion and enthusiasm to really make a difference.

Volunteering opportunities range from organising competitions with Adelaide University Sport, working with children through Children's University, arranging flowers sourced from the rose gardens of Urrbrae House, assisting fellow students, or participating in art and cultural activities through University Collections or the Confucius Institute, just to name a few.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why does the University have a Volunteer Program?

    The University actively encourages and promotes a culture of volunteering that adds to the richness of University life by engaging a diverse range of people in a variety of volunteer roles. Volunteering provides an integral link between the University and the wider community. The Volunteer Program was formalised in 2003 and has since grown to more than 2500 volunteers.

    Explore our positions available page to see current volunteering opportunities.

  • What are the benefits of volunteering with the University of Adelaide?

    There are many benefits of volunteering. It can help you to jump start your career, discover new skills, give back to the community, meet new people and stay connected with your University. Students can be formally recognised for their volunteering on their transcript through the Adelaide Graduate Award.

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  • Do you get paid for volunteering?

    No, volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.

  • What is the difference between volunteering and internships?

    An internship is a formal work experience arrangement that is part of an education or training course where students need to gain experience in a particular occupation or industry. Volunteering can also serve this purpose, but the driving force is your desire to help out without any financial gain.

  • Does my volunteering have to relate to my studies?

    No, volunteering does not have to relate to your study. In fact, among some of the many benefits of volunteering is discovering new skills which may open further opportunities, not to mention meeting new people.

  • Can I still volunteer if I don’t have any skills?

    Of course, volunteering is a great way to discover new skills and interests. An added bonus is that you will make a lot of new friends along the way.

  • Do you offer work experience placements?

    The University Volunteer Program does not formally offer work experience placements. However, some volunteering roles can help you gain experience in the workplace. 

Have more questions?

See our Frequently Asked Questions page or email us.