About volunteering

If you’d like to give something back to the University, you might like to join our volunteer network. Volunteering gives you the chance to participate in University events and activities, and build friendships and partnerships with people at the University – including other alumni, students and staff.

It can also be a great way to use or develop your expertise, knowledge and skills in a way that ties in with the University’s work. Our volunteers have a positive and wonderful effect in the community.

Volunteer objectives

  • Engage students, faculty, alumni and friends in the life of the University, to actively support the University’s academic and philanthropic priorities.
  • Play a central role in building life-long friendships and partnerships between the University and its students, faculty, alumni and friends.
  • Increase ambassadorial support for the University.
  • Encourage prospective students to consider attending the University.
  • Raise awareness of University programs, research and events.
  • Increase community engagement.

Volunteer benefits

  • opportunities to utilise your expertise, knowledge and skills to further the mission and vision of the University of Sydney
  • opportunities for mentoring students
  • opportunities for personal and professional development
  • opportunities to develop social networks with fellow volunteers
  • opportunities to make a positive impact in Sydney and greater Australia.

Principles of volunteering

  • Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer.
  • Volunteer work is unpaid.
  • Volunteering is always a matter of choice.
  • Volunteering is not compulsorily undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances.
  • Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community.
  • Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs.
  • Volunteering is an activity performed in the not for profit sector only.
  • Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work.
  • Volunteers do not replace paid workers nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers.
  • Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others.
  • Volunteering promotes human rights and equality.

Volunteer definition

Formal volunteering is an activity which takes place through not for profit organisations, such as the University, or special projects and is undertaken:

  • to be of benefit to the community and the volunteer
  • of the volunteer’s own free will and without coercion
  • for no financial payment and
  • in designated volunteer roles only.