Who can volunteer?

University of Sydney students, staff members or alumni from all backgrounds are eligible to volunteer. All other individuals are welcome to contact us to find out how to get involved.

What volunteer opportunities are available?

Volunteers can participate in one or more of the following programs:

How many programs can I join?

Most volunteers participate in only one of the programs, but volunteers can be involved in more than one.

When applying, we encourage you to indicate which program/s you are interested in and we can discuss your suitability and availability during your volunteer interview.

How do I become a volunteer?

Read more about the application process.

Which schools are involved?

Each volunteer program involves schools located across Sydney and southwest Sydney, and volunteers can negotiate with us to find the most suitable volunteer opportunity. Volunteers can drive themselves to schools or take public transport and we will reimburse transport costs/mileage.

What is the time commitment?

All of our programs vary in length and time commitment. Click below and read the Position Descriptions for further information:

Can I volunteer if I have an internship/practical during the middle of semester?

All volunteers must make a commitment to volunteer each week for the duration of the program.

If you have an internship or practical placement that would prevent you from making a weekly volunteering commitment for the duration of the program, then we may be able to come up with a solution.

What support do Widening Participation and Outreach volunteers receive?

All volunteers receive full training before they begin their volunteer placements. Widening Participation and Outreach staff arrange volunteer placements with schools on behalf of volunteers and provide support during the placement. While in school, volunteers will receive support from a school staff member. Where possible, volunteers will be placed in groups which provide valuable peer support.

Volunteers who meet certain requirements are eligible to receive a certificate signed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Registrar at the end of their placement. In addition, a Student Leaders Program is in place for those who excel at their volunteering role. Volunteers are recruited to paid positions at Widening Participation and Outreach events and programs across the year.