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You don't need to be a student or alumni of the University to volunteer with us. We have a variety of volunteering roles for members of the public and everyone is welcome.

From dressing up in 1890s fashion for the Waite historic schools program, to interacting with our International students as part of our Talking With Aussies program, there are volunteering opportunities for everyone.

Below is a comprehensive list of public volunteering opportunities. Please make sure you read the "Who can apply?" section of each role before applying. 

Volunteering opportunities

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  • Event Assistant for Children's University November Graduations (APPLICATIONS CLOSED)

    Children's University Adelaide (CUA) offers educational experiences for children seven to 14 years of age and volunteering opportunities for children 15 to 18 years of age. CUA recognises their achievements through the award of formal certificates and graduations. Volunteering opportunities are available to assist with CUA graduations held between 4-14 November. Several shifts are available and volunteers can choose which ones best suit them.

    Responsibilities

    • Assist with pack-up and pack-down
    • Assist with registration and ushering
    • Assist with robing and gown collection
    • Supervise children at allocated areas during events

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public. Must be friendly, be confident working with children, have excellent communication skills, reliable, culturally aware, enthusiastic and encouraging.

    Does this position interest you?

    Applications for this volunteer role are now closed. Please contact Julie Quimby, Events and Communications Officer at julie.quimby@adelaide.edu.au.

  • Career Mentor to students

    Do you remember what it was like to start your first job out of University? The challenges, the highlights and the lessons learned since then? This is your chance to share that knowledge. Help students prepare for their career – be a career mentor.

    Responsibilities

    Your role will be to facilitate the development of your mentee, based on their needs, by acting as a resource, advisor or coach. Participation is based on both your availability and students' requirements.

    Who can apply?

    We welcome expressions of interest from all industry professionals, of all experience areas, levels and personal backgrounds. You can be based in Adelaide, interstate or overseas. You do not have to be an alumni of the University to be involved.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Martin Basics, Mentoring Project Officer at martin.basics@adelaide.edu.au or visit the mentoring website for further information.

  • Character role-play for History Program at Urrbrae House (Waite Campus)

    This interactive schools program for primary students is run on Wednesday mornings at the Waite Historic Precinct during school term. This program immerses primary school students into the recreated world of 1892. Our volunteers contribute by developing a character through role-play and costumes to help recreate the past for the children. 

    Responsibilities

    • lead children through various activities
    • role-play characters from the 1890s
    • dress in period costumes from the 1890s
    • adhere to the Child Safety Protection Policy and Code of Conduct
    • undertake required training and screenings for the role

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public. Volunteers must have an interest in history and enjoy working with children. Volunteers must also have excellent communication skills, be reliable, punctual and committed to the program. Please note that the program runs every Wednesday morning during school term. This is a long term volunteer role and requires a working with children check before commencement. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Please visit the Waite Historic Precinct, Urrbrae House Primary School History Program website.

  • Chinese language speaker with the Confucius Institute

    The Confucius Institute promotes the learning of Chinese language and culture and works towards a more informed understanding of China. Confucius Institute's Volunteer Team was founded on the establishment of the institution, and now plays an important role in supporting the Confucius Institute. As a member of this volunteering team, you will have the opportunity to meet other people with an interest in China, Chinese language, culture and a chance to develop your work skills. 

    Responsibilities

    • Assist with advice on pronunciation and understanding of Chinese language
    • Help Chinese language students practice speaking in Chinese
    • Attend weekly activities that cover a wide range of different topics in the Chinese language

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public who can speak fluent Chinese and are interested in sharing their Chinese heritage by way of language and culture. Must be respectful, professional, energetic, enthusiastic, punctual, reliable and enjoy engaging with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Please register your interest to be a Chinese language speaker or email confucius.institute@adelaide.edu.au if you have any further questions about this role. 

  • Chinese workshop facilitator with the Confucius Institute

    The Confucius Institute promotes the learning of Chinese language and culture and works towards a more informed understanding of China. Confucius Institute's Volunteer Team was founded on the establishment of the institution, and now plays an important role in supporting the Confucius Institute. Volunteers who have a valid working with children check can assist our staff from Shandong University to run cultural workshops at schools across SA. 

    Responsibilities

    • Help set-up and pack-up for workshops
    • Help facilitate calligraphy writing workshops
    • Help facilitate Chinese knotting and other hands-on activities for school children

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public with an interest in Chinese language, culture and working with children. Must be respectful, professional, energetic, enthusiastic, punctual, reliable and enjoy engaging with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This volunteer role requires a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) before commencement.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please register your interest to be a Chinese workshop facilitator or email confucius.institute@adelaide.edu.au if you have any further questions about this role. 

  • Communication role-play for Dental Patient Volunteer Program

    With the Adelaide Dental School Volunteer Patient Program, volunteers help the University's dental and oral hygiene/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.

    Responsibilities

    • 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 Vicky Skinner vicki.skinner@adelaide.edu.au (please note that Vicki's office days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)

  • Event volunteer with the Confucius Institute

    The Confucius Institute promotes the learning of Chinese language and culture and works towards a more informed understanding of China. Confucius Institute's Volunteer Team was founded on the establishment of the institution, and now plays an important role in supporting the Confucius Institute. As a member of this volunteering team, you will have the opportunity to meet other people with an interest in China, Chinese language, culture and develop your work skills.  

    Responsibilities

    • Assist with registrations at events
    • Stewarding at larger events
    • Help facilitate calligraphy writing for children's events
    • Help facilitate Chinese knotting and other activities for children's events
    • Set-up and pack-up
    • Photography and obtaining permission forms

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public with an interest in Chinese language and culture. Must be respectful, professional, energetic, enthusiastic, punctual, reliable and enjoy engaging with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please register your interest to be an event colunteer or email confucius.institute@adelaide.edu.au if you have any further questions about this role. 

  • Event volunteer with Don Dunstan Foundation

    The Don Dunstan Foundation (DDF) was established in 1999 to bring together researchers, policy makers and community groups to meet social needs in South Australia. We are currently seeking event volunteers to assist at events throughout the year.

    Responsibilities

    • Assist with event set-up and pack-down
    • Assist with event registration and greeting speakers 
    • Assist with ushering and crowd management

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni or members of the public with excellent communication skills who are respectful, professional, energetic, enthusiastic, punctual, reliable and sociable.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please express your interest via email to Volunteer Coordinator Emilie Soda emilie.soda@adelaide.edu.au.

  • Field Volunteer for planting of native tubestock

    Industry sources estimate that 65% of horticultural and agricultural crops produced in Australia require pollination services. Through the Rural R&D for Profit Programme, AgriFutures Australia is overseeing the Pollination for More Productive Agriculture: Guidelines for effective pollinator management and stakeholder adoption project.

    As part of this project, a research team from the University of Adelaide will be re-establishing native vegetation adjacent to commercial crops (e.g. apples, lucerne, almonds, and canola) and then assessing the effect of this vegetation on pollination services. All plants are local to the area and have been specifically chosen to encourage pollinators onto neighbouring agriculture. Planting events happen throughout the year in rural South Australia.

    Responsibilities

    • Planting of native tubestock
    • Physical work – lifting, bending and kneeling
    • Agree to work in a safe and healthy way and not jeopardise the health and safety of others.

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public who have an interest in native flora, pollination and meeting like-minded people. Must be respectful, professional, enthusiastic, punctual, reliable and adhere to all University policies and procedures outlined in the Volunteering Handbook. Car pooling can be arranged. Volunteers are welcome to camp overnight at location. Meals will be provided.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please email volunteer@adelaide.edu.au to express your interest and we will get back to you with further information on planting dates.

  • Fossil collection curator with School of Biological Sciences

    The Fossil Curation Volunteer Group forms part of the School for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Volunteers assist with curation of the Maslin Bay Fossil collection. Tasks inclue examination of rocks from fossil collections and identifying specimens.

    Responsibilities

    • examine rocks from fossil collections for all identifiable fossils
    • image and database fossils
    • identify specimens
    • undertake training in fossil examination and image capture techniques and specimen identification techniques

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public, who have an interest in curation/palaeobotany. Applicants must have excellent communication skills, and be reliable, punctual and committed. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Dr Kathryn Hill, Research Associate kathryn.hill@adelaide.edu.au.

  • 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.

  • International Student Support: Intercultural Program Volunteer

    To act as a leader and chaperone to international students studying at the University of Adelaide’s English Language Centre (ELC).

    Responsibilities

    • Must be in attendance with students throughout the duration of an event or activity
    • Ensure students arrive at the specified location on time, through the appropriate transportation
    • Enrich students' experience through knowledge of an event, activity or location
    • Answer questions to help broaden students' broaden cross-cultural understanding
    • Engage the students in conversation in English 
    • Ensure students return safely to the designated location upon completion of an event or activity
    • Be reliable and commit, when indicated, to the duties and times required

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public with a good standard of spoken English, a clear voice and good listening skills. Knowledge of local area and attractions is beneficial. An ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and age groups.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the intercultural program volunteer application form or contact Hung Dao, ELC Student Services Officer at elc@adelaide.edu.au

  • International Student Support: Talking with Aussies volunteer

    The Talking With Aussies program helps international students improve their conversational English skills. Volunteers come from a range of age groups and backgrounds, and include students, retirees and working professionals.

    Responsibilities

    • To meet 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 local customs and culture

    Who can apply?

    Applicants should have the ability to interact with people 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 complete the talking with aussies application form or contact Jane Turner Goldsmith, Programme Coordinator at twa@adelaide.edu.au

  • Sports Volunteering with Adelaide University Sport

    Is your playing career over or you just want to help out? Are you looking to build your skill set and resume for once you graduate? With over 35 sporting clubs, the Adelaide University Sport has a number of volunteering opportunities through events, clubs and national competitions. This is your chance to get involved!

    Roles may include but not limited to

    • Committee/board member
    • Event assistant
    • Coaching/Umpiring
    • Club logistics

    Who can apply?

    Applicants should have the ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and age groups with a friendly manner. Students, staff, alumni and public can volunteer for this position.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the online application form or visit the Adelaide University Sport website for further information.

Have any questions? 

Send us an email or give us a call at 08 831 33354.