Returned Australian Volunteer Network

The Returned Australian Volunteer Network (RAVN) is a place for returned volunteers from all Australian Government-funded overseas volunteer programs to connect with each other and continue to tell stories and share ideas and resources, long after returning home from assignment.

AVID online volunteering pilot

The Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program is excited to introduce the AVID online volunteering pilot to returned Australian volunteers. This pilot is delivered in partnership with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.

Australian volunteers make an important contribution to the Australian Government’s aid program by forging vital people-to-people linkages and developing capacity within our region.

Returned Australian Government-funded volunteers have the opportunity to continue to collaborate with international partner organisations remotely on specific, time-bound projects via smartphone, tablet or computer. 

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AVID online volunteering enables you to:

  • Leverage your unique experiences of living and working in developing communities
  • Stay engaged with the AVID program and collaborate with partners remotely on specific, time-bound projects
  • Contribute at a time and place that suits you.

We’ll be posting opportunities on a regular basis.

Questions or feedback? Contact us

‘Online volunteering is fast, easy and most of all, effective. When skilled, passionate individuals join forces online with great organisations working toward sustainable development goals, everyone wins.’  – UNV

The inaugural RAVN conference

The inaugural Returned Australian Volunteer Network conference, Valuing Volunteers: Bridge Builders & Change Makers, took place in Melbourne on 3–4 December 2016. Missed the conference and want to find out more?

Read the wrap-up

Almost 300 returned volunteers and friends of the AVID program came together to reconnect, hear from inspirational Australians, and share and learn from their volunteer experiences.

View the gallery

Engage with the network

Meet the returned volunteers

Since the 1960s, more than 13,000 Australian volunteers have supported organisations and communities in over 42 countries, as part of the Australian Government's Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program. 

Each Australian volunteer has contributed to development efforts to reduce poverty and improve livelihoods around the world.

Read the latest stories

Attend a networking event

Each state-based event is themed around a different aid or development priority area. Panellists engage attendees in robust group discussions. And it's always a challenge to quiet the room from all the catching up! 

Today was my first RAVN event, it keeps it real. Very much appreciated.
I'm really happy I decided to come. Lots of interesting people with similar interests. I'm looking forward to attending more events.

Subscribe to AVID e-Magazine

With stories from current and returned volunteers, you’re sure to find inspiration, encouragement and a bit of support in each quarterly edition.

Sign up for the AVID e-Magazine

Use the Storytelling Toolkit

The RAVN Storytelling Toolkit has been developed to assist returned volunteers to navigate the storytelling experience, and inspire you to find creative ways to share your stories.

Download the Storytelling Toolkit

Join the RAVN LinkedIn Group

Moderated by DFAT and implementing partners AVI and Scope Global, the RAVN LinkedIn Group brings together all returned Australian volunteers to keep in touch and hear the latest.

Join the RAVN LinkedIn Group