Volunteer in Australia

Volunteering in Australia can be a great way to make new friends, save on spending, and have fantastic new experiences for all travellers and backpackers.

It is also great is you are not eligible a Working Holiday Visa for age restrictions for example, or if you can’t get a Working Holiday Visa due to other restrictions such as your country of residence.

Most people get 3 months in Australia Visa free, so why not stay the whole time and volunteer if it still fits with immigration laws?

Some of my best travel experiences have been made while volunteering. I have done it numerous occasions and absolutely loved it. It helped me make some special connections with people and places.

Hostels are often looking for volunteers to ‘work for accommodation’ in exchange for a warm bed for the night and sometimes food.

You may assist with cleaning, reception or even bus driving. You are sure to make a lot of friends too.

Want to get your hands dirty and get back to nature? How about working on an Organic Farm. You will often get some of the best meals, and life experiences you just won’t get anywhere else.

For all types of volunteering check out Workaway. I love this organisation, and they offer all types of volunteering, the interface is wonderful, and you can get a good idea of what to expect from your experience.

Volunteering can also be a way to further your career as a backpacker. As I have said before on this website: why would an Australian company hire someone with a Working Holiday Visa restriction of 6 months, and is a flight risk, when they could hire a long-term local.

But if you were to offer your services for free, you get some valuable experience and if you are that good you may even get a job or maybe even sponsorship to stay in Australia. I talk about this and more in my eBook.

Volunteer Ideas

  • Hostel helper
  • Organic Farms
  • Home help
  • Community Organisations

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