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 vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs
  • 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

Opportunities for Volunteering in Australia

  • Logistical organisation of camps
  • Heightening awareness of the plight of women suffering from prolapse and pregnancy complications.  Field work on location overseas
  • Theatre nurses with experience in prolapse and incontinence surgery
  • Midwives
  • Anaesthetists
  • Gynaecology surgeons with prolapse surgery experience
  • Research and data collection and processing
  • Builders, trades people including plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc.
  • General Assistance

Volunteer Application Form

Download application form (PDF)

Advice for Volunteers

  • Think about your motivations for going overseas and consider how they link to your expectations of your camp.
  • Be realistic about what you can achieve.
  • Speak with former volunteers before you go and fellow volunteers when you are away.  Their experiences can be very helpful.
  • Learn some local language.  A few words will get you a long way.
  • Spend time researching your host country and get to know as much as you can about the culture and history while you are there.
  • Don’t allow yourself to get worn-out.  Give yourself time to relax and ensure that you are getting enough sleep and looking after your health.
  • Try to reserve judgement of different cultural practices.  Be willing to accept other ways of doing things and allow your own cultural assumptions to be challenged.
  • Ask lots of questions.  You may wish to start by questioning A4WH before you go.
  • If we can’t provide you with the answers you need then you may need to look for another organisation.  At your camp, keep asking questions.  If you don’t understand something, ask.  If the answers don’t align with your expectations, be patient and take time to explore the reasons why and realise that understanding others is about seeking out the complexities of people’s lives.
  • A large part of being a volunteer is about forging relationships with others.  Your volunteering experience will be far richer if you make an effort to forge good relationships with local people and fellow volunteers.
  • Be prepared that you might not receive a warm welcome from everyone you meet.
  • Be cautious of how your behaviour will be perceived by your host community and be aware that the impression you make will inform how people think about your host country and other volunteers in the future.
  • As far as possible, try to keep your eyes and mind open.

Once you have become successful in your application to become a volunteer with A4WH, we suggest the following:

    • Arrange a time to meet with A4WH management either in person or over the telephone and discuss the volunteer project in more detail to get a better understanding of what’s involved.  For starters we would recommend you discuss and agree on:
      • Clear objectives, timeframe and the deliverables
      • Mutual obligations
      • Level of A4WH support and involvement

Once you meet with A4WH and agree to fulfil the volunteer project, there is an understanding that you will do your best to complete the project.  If your circumstances change and you are unable to fulfil the volunteer project, please let A4WH know ASAP. An unsuccessful or incomplete volunteer project costs the community and the organisation valuable time and resources.