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Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is always on the look out for dedicated and skilled volunteers, particularly for help in our Sydney office.
You can also volunteer with a range of activist groups in many states that work to fundraise in support of our programs, including dinners, raffles and stalls at events.
Contact us to discuss how you may be able to help out.
Overseas Volunteer Placements
We do, however, occasionally, utilise volunteers with a particular set of skills that our partners would benefit from. This is almost always done at the request of the partner. If and when these opportunities come up, they will be advertised on the front page of the APHEDA website.
An existing commitment to Union Aid Abroad- APHEDA values and principles through membership or previous volunteering in the Sydney office will also be advantageous.
Some principles we usually consider before sending volunteers overseas:
Does the partner want it?
Can it be done locally?
Does the volunteer speak the language?
Does the volunteer have a specific (and ideally transferrable) skill?
Our partners often have good general skills such as construction, teaching, administration etc and can usually obtain less specialised skills locally.
A placement will be successful if the volunteer has a specific set of skills that match the partners interest e.g. skills in nursing would be useful in a health/medical project , mechanics might be useful a vocational training project or union organising or training skills would be useful in a project that strengthens unions.
Ideally, we use the train the trainer approach to ensure that the benefit is spread as widely as possible and local capacity and independence is built.
If you are interested in volunteering overseas, there are a range of agencies that specialise in volunteer placements including
Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA
Ph: (02) 9264 9343
Fax: (02) 9261 1118
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