Volunteer teaching and research participation opportunities

Volunteering is a good way to gain work experience while still studying. It is often a 'foot in the door' of an organisation in an area that interests you, and the chance to network while doing good service in the community.

Posts will be updated as and when we receive new opportunities. Other sites that may be of interest to you are City of Sydney, Volunteering Australia and Go Volunteer.

Volunteer with UNSW School of Education Matraville Partnership School

Volunteer with our Matraville Partnership School

Gaining hands-on experience in schools is an essential part of our initial teacher education courses at UNSW. The Matraville Education Partnership provides the opportunity for you to gain experience working in a diverse school environment from early in your degree program.

Many education students will receive a placement at Matraville High School as part of EDST2002 (second year), PE1 or PE2 (third or fourth year), or interact with the school's staff, students and community members as part of the Master of Teaching Winter Intensive (EDST5134: Addressing Learner Diversity).

If you would like to volunteer with the program outside of these formal placements, you will gain valuable experience and confidence in working with students that is sure to set you apart when undertaking your formal placements, and will help you meet the needs of diverse learners in your classrooms. We are accredited with the UNSW Advantage Program in order to offer AHEGS-recognised volunteer hours for those who volunteer 20 or more hours of their time.

Please contact the Matraville Education Partnership Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering or undertaking a formal professional engagement placement at Matraville.

Please note: all volunteers are required to undertake a Working With Children Check.

Student Volunteering Opportunities at Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum site)

Student Volunteering Opportunities at Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum site)

If you are interested in Arts, Science Design or Engineering, there are some great short term volunteer opportunities happening at the Powerhouse Museum this Spring that would be perfect for you.

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences are looking for volunteers to assist visitors explore our Out of Hand Exhibition.


Opening: 3 September 2016

Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital explores the increasingly important role of digital manufacture in contemporary art, science, design and architecture.

The exhibition features works by more than 60 artists, designers and architects from around the world including Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid, Iris van Herpen and Ron Arad, as well as works from Australia and the Asia-Pacific, and objects from the MAAS collection. Out of Hand will examine the place and impact of digital technology in the design and production of objects, recognising that many techniques have emerged from past ideas and are now defining new possibilities, understandings and expectations.


We are looking for volunteers with a keen interest in 3D printing, 3D scanning, and 3D design and who want to gain experience in object interpretation and visible thinking strategies.

This is a role that volunteers can do together in groups and is a great way to gain insight into how Museums facilitate learning and feed curious minds.

Click here to find out more about this opportunity

Research participation - School of Public Health and Community Medicine

If you are interested in taking part in this research, please contact them directly:

Researchers at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) and the UNSW Health Clinic

This study is on university student immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccination and travel health.

This research is being conducted to better understand young adult immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases and travel health practices. We are specifically testing for immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis A, hepatitis B and dengue viruses.

The reason we want to know more about immunity and vaccination history for these diseases is that we know very little about young adult immunity to these diseases and whether young adults are at risk prior to international travel. Unvaccinated individuals may be at risk during travel to areas of high disease rates.

Taking part in research is always optional. We are looking for people who want to take part in this research and who are:

  • Aged 18-27 years
  • Enrolled at UNSW either as a local or international student
  • Able to provide informed written consent to have a blood sample taken to test for antibodies to measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox (varicella), hepatitis A, hepatitis B and dengue viruses

If you decide to take part in the research we would:

  • Ask you to complete a 10 minute online questionnaire about travel health and vaccination history
  • Ask you to come to our blood collection clinic (at the UNSW Health Service, Quadrangle Building) to give a sample of blood
  • Provide you with your test results which will tell you about your immune status to six vaccine preventable diseases (measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis A, hepatitis B) with no cost to you
  • Enter your name in a draw for the chance to win a MacBook (first prize) and iPad minis (second prizes).

If you would like more information or are interested in being part of the research please contact:

Name: Dr Anita Heywood
Email: a.heywood@unsw.edu.au
Phone: 02 9385 3667
Website: http://sphcm.med.unsw.edu.au/research/infectious-diseases/travel-study

This research has been reviewed and approved by The University of New South Wales Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any complaints or concerns about the research project please email humanethics@unsw.edu.au or phone +61 2 9385 6222 quoting the Ethics Reference Number: HC15205.

Take the survey here
Click on this link to take part in the online survey and arrange a time to come to the UNSW Health Service:

This research has been reviewed and approved by The University of New South Wales Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any complaints or concerns about the research project please email humanethics@unsw.edu.au or phone +61 2 9385 6222 quoting the Ethics Reference Number: HC15205.

Research participation - School of Public Health and Community Medicine

If you are interested in taking part in this research, please contact them directly:

School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Looking for adult (18 years or over) males or females to fill in an online questionnaire about dieting, eating behaviour and body image as part of a research study called, ‘A pilot study of the prevalence of dieting, disordered eating and unhealthy body image’.

We hope to learn about dieting practices, eating behaviours and body image in adults, e.g. how many people follow certain diets? How common is unhealthy eating behaviour? Is eating behaviour disordered? Is eating behaviour suggestive of the non-clinical eating disorder, orthorexia nervosa?

More information is provided in the Participant Information Statement.

If you are interested in taking part in the study, please go to the online questionnaire link below:

Take the survey here

If, during or after filling in this online questionnaire you decide you no longer want to be part of the study, please complete the attached Revocation of Consent form and email to me. Please forward this email to any friends who you think may be interested in taking part in the study.

Thank you for your time in this important research and please contact me if you have any questions.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Rebecca Reynolds, PhD MSc BSc RNutr GCULT
Lecturer and nutritionist, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
T: 02 9385 2522
M: 0405 362 887
E: rebecca.reynolds@unsw.edu.au
W: unsw.edu.au
CRICOS Provider Code. 00098G

Backpacking with a purpose - Operation Groundswell

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organisation that runs financially accessible volunteering programs abroad. We are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to step into the world for hands-on learning, meaningful volunteer experience, and adventure.

Join this summer in Thailand and Cambodia:

  • Work to protect the majestic Asian elephant and other endangered species, as well as their increasingly threatened habitats.
  • Explore ancient temples while supporting community-based tourism.
  • Volunteer with a permaculture action team and be part of the movement to promote sustainable farming practices.

If you’re into cultural exchange, fulfilling community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply for our Southeast Asia programs by September 16th!

Five-week and two-week programs are now available. Click to learn more:

Southeast Asia: Animal Conservation

Cambodia: Cities & Sanctuaries

*All students applying for 5-week long programs are eligible for a bursary fund.

For more information see their website here.

Tiggers Honeypot Day Care Centre - Projects and Curriculum Volunteers Needed

Tiggers Honeypot is a long day care centre catering for 70 children daily aged birth to school age. Within our curriculum we provide a great range of experiences for our children of which some are listed below. This list is by no means exhaustive but contains some opportunities that we provide to our children on a regular basis.

As professionals working with young children and families we actively support inclusion and respect diversity and use such beliefs as the basis for our programs and decision making. At the core of our beliefs also is our view of children as respected conversational partners and capable decisions makers.

We invite you to attend the centre to work on specific projects with the children or to come in to support staff in provisions of our curriculum . At all times you would be working under the close supervision and support of the employed educators. We would provide hands on support and an induction into the centre prior to commencement.

  • Science experiments
  • Woodwork - we have a woodwork room within the centre which children as young as 18 months old work in.
  • Gardening - we have an extensive outdoor garden with chickens, fruit trees, raised vegetable garden beds.
  • Cooking - the children have their own working kitchen where they engage daily to bake foods to eat and share with their peers.
  • Art work – we work with children in a range of mediums – e.g: clay, tiles, paint, charcoal.
  • Community projects – eg during mardi gras/ sustainability week/ naidoc week engaging in excursions to attend events on campus, the wider community or develop experiences to invite the community to attend within the centre.
  • Participate in excursions with the educators and children
  • Reading children’s books in English or any language.
  • Music experiences with the children in English or other languages with or without instruments
  • Generally engage with children within the centres routine


A working with children check.
A copy of current CV and ID.
Attending a one off 20 minute induction at the centre prior to your first visit.
A commitment to join the centre on at least 4 occasions of minimum 60 minute duration on each visit.

If the above is of interest to you we invite you to email us with a copy of your CV and WWCC and a brief outline of how you might be interested in participating in the centre.

Email expressions of interest to Sylvia Turner, Director.

Australian Volunteers for International Development

The Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program is an Australian Government initiative. The program offers a range of opportunities for the Australian community to share skills and foster linkages with people and organisations in developing countries to make a difference as part of Australia's overseas aid program.

AVID is holding Information Sessions to provide you the opportunity to learn more about the AVID program, and are being held in all states and territories throughout February and March 2015.

The program provides fully funded opportunities with flights, accommodation and living allowances, medicals, insurance and training all covered.

Some examples of the available roles this month are:

  • Education Development Officer (TESOL), 8 months, Vietnam
  • Teacher Trainer, 12 months, Papua New Guinea
  • Student Support Officer, 14 months, Vanuatu
  • Special Education Officer, 10 months, the Philippines
  • English Teacher Aide, 12 months, Solomon Islands
  • Teacher Training Development Officer, 12 months, Laos.

To register for the information session or to see the AVID website for more details.

NGOabroad - International Careers and Volunteering

NGOabroad is a unique service that helps you enter or advance in international humanitarian work and provides frugal, customized international volunteer opportunities. Various volunteer teaching opportunities are available.

For more information, see their website here.

Midnight Basketball volunteers

Midnight Basketball provides volunteers with a unique and personally rewarding opportunity.  Midnight Basketball is a harm prevention charity. Updated Working with Children checks have been introduced nationally. There is nothing more important to the Midnight Basketball program and its stakeholders than the protection of our youth participants. Volunteering for Midnight Basketball also offers flexibility. When you register, just select which date(s) and roles suit you - even just one night is okay - and we will do all we can to meet it. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

For role descriptions and registrations, see their website.