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 *Note: If you would like to receive additional information on the selection process or accessible documents, please contact a member of our Recruitment and Selection team on +61 8 8364 8500. You can also refer to our selection process online.

 
The application process

  • When are assignments advertised? +

    Assignments will usually be advertised online from the 1st to the 21st of each month, with applications closing at midnight. (Canberra time AEST).

  • How do I know if I am eligible for the program? +

    The AVID program is open to either: Australian citizens (you must provide proof of citizenship), OR Australian Permanent Residents (you must provide proof of permanent residence status), OR New Zealand citizens currently and permanently residing in Australia (you would have obtained a Special Category Visa to indicate that you are currently residing in Australia, and you must be residing in Australia at the time of application)

    - All applicants must present a scanned copy of a current and valid Medicare card at the time of application to be eligible to apply
    - The minimum age for applicants is 18 years old

  • What type of experience do I need in order to be considered for a role? +

    The assignment description will detail the minimum level of experience that the Host Organisation is seeking. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they meet this experience through their CV and their response to the selection criteria through relevant examples. You can draw on experience acquired through your professional career and/or previous volunteer experience. It is not a requirement to have volunteered previously, and this is not taken into consideration during the selection process.

  • Do I require any additional training/certifications prior to applying? +

    From December 1 2012, all volunteers who are successfully recruited for a volunteer assignment with Scope Global will be required to obtain a first aid certificate, compliant to Australian Standard HLTFA311A 'Apply First Aid'. This cost is not covered by the program, and the certificate will need to be provided prior to the mobilisation date. Certificates can be obtained through the completion of short courses with a Registered Training Organisation listed on training.gov.au

  • I would like to volunteer but cannot commit to a long term assignment. What are my options? +

    • The AVID program does occasionally offer shorter term assignments, so you can check the website here on the 1st of each month to view the new list of assignments.
    • Alternatively, you can explore the Australian Business Volunteers program, which offers short-term, business-focused assignments. Click here for more information.
  • I have seen a role that I would like to apply for but cannot commit to the full duration of the assignment – can I request that it be reduced if I am successful? +

    The goals of our Programs are sustainable development, skills transfer and capacity building. The duration of our assignments are designed to ensure volunteers are able to achieve this. As the Host Organisation has selected the duration they feel is required to achieve the assignment outcomes, you will need to apply for an assignment that has a duration you can commit to.

  • I have seen a role I would like to apply for, but can't make the mobilisation date – can I request that it be delayed? +

    There are no delayed mobilisations for volunteers because the Host Organisations are expecting a volunteer for the date that they have specified, and we aim to meet that need. In addition, all volunteers are mobilised together in country groups for both security and logistical reasons.

    Volunteers are met at the airport by their In-Country Manager, who will then run a two week In-Country Orientation program for you all. For this reason volunteers cannot arrange their own departure date. It is therefore important to consider these dates prior to applying.

     

  • I cannot attend the Australian Volunteers Briefing dates – is there any flexibility with those dates? +

    There is no flexibility around the Australian Volunteers Briefing dates, and satisfactory attendance is a mandatory component of the selection process. The Briefing is your opportunity to network with other volunteers and the training is designed to equip you with the information and skills required to succeed in your volunteer placement. It is therefore important to consider these dates prior to applying.
     
    If you have attended an Scope Global Briefing within the last 12 months before the start of your next assignment (to any country) you are not required to attend Briefing. If you have attended a Briefing within the last 24 months and are going back to the same host country you are not required to attend another Briefing.Supported dependants are strongly encouraged to attend Briefing, but this is not compulsory. In all cases where a volunteer has attended Briefing previously and is not required to attend again, they will still be offered the option to attend regardless

     

  • I have seen a role that I am interested in applying for, but would like to learn more about it. Can I get the contact details of any current volunteers/In-Country Manager/Host Organisation/Australian Partner Organisation for more information? +

    Unfortunately due to the strong interest we receive in the Programs and our privacy policy we are unable to put applicants in contact with current volunteers. If you are successful for the position we will certainly facilitate contact between yourself, your Host Organisation and Australian Partner Organisation (if applicable) and any returned volunteers who may be able to offer you assistance with planning your role.

  • Do I need to be able to speak the local language to be successful in applying? +

    Generally no. However language skills may be a requirement for select roles, which will be specified in the assignment description under Essential Minimum Experience. In that case, shortlisted candidates will undergo a language comprehension test to ensure that they meet the minimum stated requirements. For all other assignments, there are no specific language requirements. In some cases language may be listed under the Desirables section of the assignment description, but it will not be essential to have.

    *Note: If you would like to receive additional information on the selection process, please contact a member of our Recruitment and Selection team on +61 8 8364 8500. You can also refer to our selection process online.

  • I have seen a role that I would like to apply for but cannot commit to the full duration of the assignment – can I request that it be reduced if I am successful? +

    The goals of our Programs are sustainable development, skills transfer and capacity building. The duration of our assignments are designed to ensure volunteers are able to achieve this. As the Host Organisation has selected the duration they feel is required to achieve the assignment outcomes, you will need to apply for an assignment that has a duration you can commit to.

  • How many applications can i submit? +

    There is no limit on how many applications you can submit each round, or on how many times you can volunteer as an AVID

    Although you can submit several applications each round, it is important to consider whether you meet the essential minimum criteria for each position, and whether you can clearly demonstrate your ability to achieve each of the assignment outcomes. Select your assignments carefully as you will be dedicating, on average, a year of your time to this role

  • I have already been a volunteer with Scope Global. Can I apply to volunteer again? +

    Yes, you are welcome to apply for another assignment. In your application you will be asked whether you have volunteered previously and if so to list your In Country Management team as a referee.

  • Should I disclose my sexual orientation during the recruitment process? +

    In short – it is a matter of personal choice. There is no legal obligation to disclose your sexual orientation during selection, pre-mobilisation, or when you are on assignment, as this has no bearing on your ability to do the role. It will also have no impact on selection decisions as the AVID program has a merit-based selection process. We do operate in some countries where same sex relationships are prohibited by law and so it is important to research the country you are applying for in order to make an informed decision as to whether you would be comfortable living and working there. If selected, you will sign a Code of Conduct indicating that you agree to abide by the local laws in the country for which you have applied.

    If you are comfortable with disclosing this to the Program, it can be an opportunity to discuss the realities of living in a particular country and/or some strategies that previous volunteers have employed. Your privacy will be respected, and anything disclosed throughout the recruitment process will not be shared with your prospective Host Organisation.

    If you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact a member of the Recruitment and Selection team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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