Community Volunteering

Overview

Community Volunteering offers students the chance to participate in a local or international volunteering experience. In this subject students will be contributing directly to local community by bringing creativity, skills and initiative to a range of projects run by not-for-profit organisations.

Community Volunteering - Global will be going to India in July 2017 with Australian Volunteers. More information, including the application form can be found on the Australian Volunteers International (AVI) Community Volunteering - Global web page.

Information sessions

Hear about the subject, application process, cost, previous students and Australian Volunteers.

  • MULT20012 / MULT30020 Community Volunteering

    If you have a passion for not-for-profit, community-related work, why not enrol on this subject and gain credits towards your degree?

    This subject gives students the opportunity to broaden their academic experience by getting involved in community volunteering projects and work placements. Students must have completed 100 points in their degree to be eligible. This subject is available as an elective to second and third year Bachelor of Arts students. It is also available as breadth in other undergraduate degrees where approved by the home faculty.

    • Students spend the equivalent of about one day a week (80 hours minimum) during semester as an intern in a not-for-profit organisation
    • Students will apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their course to issues of significance to a community. This will enhance their understanding of approaches in the field of community and social development
    • While on placement students will examine the structure, culture and policy environment of the organisation and complete a report on a workplace project
    • Placements will vary depending on interest and study focus, as well as projects on offer from organisations

    Example projects

    • Social and political research and policy reports
    • Environmental projects
    • Organising fundraising events
    • Newsletter production
    • Web development
    • Media and publicity campaigns
    • Business plan development

    More information

    Apply for Community Volunteering 2017

    Through CV, you have the chance to connect with people from different faculties/fields. We understand that everyone thinks differently, but you will be surprised how much you can learn from them through group meetings and tutorial times. Sometimes, they give you fresh perspectives and brilliant ideas that you have never thought about. Many people might have a fear of group assignments, but this subject is different. It's all about passion, acceptance and guidance. Jian - 2015 student.

    I would recommend this subject as we learn a lot of hard and soft skills that are practical not just in a person's working life but their day to day life. I like this subject because it is not so much academic base but ideology based. Hui-Ling - 2015 student.

  • MULT20014 / MULT30021 Community Volunteering - Global

    Community Volunteering - Global offers students the chance to participate in an international volunteering program. In this subject students will be contributing directly to local communities by bringing creativity, skills and initiative to a range of projects run by local organisations. The program is supported by expert partner organisations who provide in-country assistance and coordinate departure and return.

    Community Volunteering - Global is a 12.5 point credit bearing subject offered at both level 2 (MULT20014) and level 3 (MULT30021). In 2017, there are projects running in:

    • India (July 2017)
    • Indonesia (9 January - 18 February 2017)
    • Nepal (9 January - 7 February 2017)

    It is rare that one learns in such an immersive environment, and I relished the opportunity to do so. With each passing day, especially while in the field, I felt myself growing; personally, emotionally, and intellectually. Huw Hutchinson, Bachelor of Arts

    India

    Community Volunteering - Global will be going to India in July 2017 with Australian Volunteers. More information, including the application form can be found on the Australian Volunteers International (AVI) Community Volunteering - Global web page.

    Information sessions

    Hear about the subject, application process, cost, previous students and Australian Volunteers.


    Indonesia

    Students enrolled in this subject will travel to the city of Jogjakarta in central Java, Indonesia, where they will be working with partner organisation Satunama. You will be part of Satunama's broad range of community development projects and initiatives, working in small groups in the city and surrounding rural areas. Some of the activities to date have included environmental awareness campaigns, building a 'Child Friendly Community' and promoting inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in villages and districts.

    Photo by CV - Global student Joyce Wing Ka Wong

    Photo by CVC Global student Joyce Wing Ka Wong

    The University has secured a limited number of New Colombo Plan grants which will be offered to domestic students on the basis of merit for the January 2017 intake. Students may also be eligible for Global Mobility funding. The total cost will entail a project cost, airfares, spending money for some meals and incidentals, and the regular tuition fee for the subject. For the assessment requirements see the Handbook for level 2 (MULT20014) and level 3 (MULT30021).

    This project is expertly supported by partner organisation Australian Volunteers International.

    Please note: Due to government regulations, the cost of this subject is different
    for local and international students. For more information please contact arts-studentprograms@unimelb.edu.au.

    Hear from past students

    To apply

    Please note that applications have closed for 2017.

    More information

    For more information, email the Faculty of Arts.

    Nepal

    Running for the first time in January 2017, Community Volunteering - Global can now take you to Nepal. As part of this subject you will be hosted by local families through our partner organisation Community Homestay Global Network. You will participate in Voluntary Internship Programs available in three locations: Panauti, Nuwakot and Barauli, which will cover a range of community projects in areas of education, sustainability, tourism and business development.

    Nepal

    The total cost will entail a project cost, airfares, spending money for some meals and incidentals, and the regular tuition fee for the subject. Students may be eligible for Global Mobility funding.

    For the assessment requirements see the Handbook for level 2 (MULT20014) and level 3 (MULT30021).

    To apply

    Please note that applications have closed for 2017.

    More information

    For more information, email the Faculty of Arts.

  • Big Idea internship

    The Big Idea is an initiative from The Big Issue. It is designed as a competition between students from universities across Australia. The Big Idea invites students to develop a concept and business plan for a social enterprise that could become the next "Big Issue". The winning idea could go on to be launched and delivered by The Big Issue on a national scale.

    Benefits of involvement in this placement include: interaction with high-level professionals; strategic industry experience; skill development in social enterprise planning; and the potential opportunity of an immersion day at the head office of The Big Issue and PwC Australia.

    Please note: The opportunity to take part in The Big Idea is currently only available to students who enrol in Community Volunteering (MULT20012 or MULT30020).

    Typically, students participating in Community Volunteering, undertake a placement. However, in the Big Idea internship, you will work on a project designing a business plan for a new social enterprise. Although not compulsory, it is hoped that students will work in small groups of up to 6.

    In addition to the seminars run as part of the subject, you will have the opportunity to attend a series of lectures and workshops organised by The Big Issue and delivered by guest speakers. These speakers have expertise in both operational and strategic roles within social enterprises. Students will also hear from "thought leaders", influential Australian leaders in their field who will advise students as they work towards developing their business plans.

    At the end of semester two students will present their "Big Idea" to a panel of staff at The University of Melbourne. The finalists will then be invited to present their "Big Idea" to a panel of Australian business leaders who will judge the ultimate winner.

    Requirements

    In addition to the attendance at seminars as required by enrolment in Community Volunteering (2 hour induction in Semester 2, 2016, 8 hours pre-placement, 2 hours mid-placement, 8 hours post-placement), students will also have the opportunity to participate in 9 hours of online webinars, and a Facebook forum to discuss questions and ideas.

    It is expected that students will undertake upwards of 30 hours work towards developing their business plans for the Big Idea in lieu of a placement.

    Upon completion of the subject, students will have completed a community project, gained insight into workplace issues and enhanced their employability skills. They will also have a developed a critical understanding of the role of not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises.

    Assessment

    Students follow the assessment criteria as outlined in the Handbook for subjects MULT20012 and MULT30020. Instead of producing a reflective essay (50%) as the final piece of assessment, students will submit and present their business plans for The Big Idea.

    As part of the assessment the business plan for a new social enterprise must meet The Big Issue's definition of a social enterprise.

    • An organisation that operates as not-for-profit
    • The enterprise features an activity or function that creates socially beneficial outcomes
    • It is economically sustainable in the mainstream marketplace
    • It generates direct and meaningful work opportunities (with no barrier for entry) for homeless, marginalised, or disadvantaged people within the enterprise
    • It is scalable with capacity to grow significantly and provide opportunities to a large number of disadvantaged people, event if it is small in its start-up; and
    • The business plan must meet all relevant legislative requirements, eg: award rates are paid to all employees

    Expression of Interest