A free volunteer opportunity in Australia
An amazing volunteer opportunity in Australia – All Hands and Hearts (AHAHs) harnesses unskilled volunteer labour and expertise to help rebuild communities in disaster-struck communities around the world. Join their inaugural program in Australia in the Bega Valley of south coast NSW to assist those impacted by the bushfires, still without the basic sanitation amenities of fresh water and septic services. Meet this unique global NGO at the forefront of building disaster resilience and community around the world.
What type of host are you?
What are you looking for help with?
- General Help
What’s the mission of your community?
All Hands and Hearts effectively and efficiently addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by disasters. We communicate directly with local leaders and community members and then deploy our unique model of engaging volunteers to enable direct impact, helping to build safer, more resilient schools, homes and infrastructure.
Through community and volunteer engagement, we focus on helping families recover faster after disasters using our Smart Response strategy. In doing so, we strengthen both our volunteers and the communities in which we serve.
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How many volunteers could you host?
- Up to 20 volunteers
When would you need volunteers?
28 June 2021 – a minimum of one week’s stay is preferred. Stay for up to 3 – 5 months
How many hours of help per day?
4-5 hours of help per day
How many days of help per week?
5 days per week – 2 days off
Note about the volunteer work and other expectations
Our core scope of work focuses on providing water catchment (shed) with water being made accessible by erecting a simple flatpack bathroom as well as installing a simple septic system tank. We organise and facilitate unskilled workers with skilled tradespeople to ensure quality work to correct standards. If volunteer numbers and resources are sufficient, we have a number of community initiatives with a sustainability/resilience-building focus as well.
Are accommodation and food included?
Yes, we offer food and accommodation
What type of accommodation can you provide?
- Dormitory/shared rooms
Diet – nutrition information
Local basic but fresh food is provided and vegetarians but not vegans are catered for.
We do not charge fees for food or accommodation. We will welcome you with open arms for as long as you want to stay!
VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters?
Yes, we can help with Visa/invitation letters
Volunteering in bushfire designated regions such as ours are designated valid for visa extension according to the Federal Government website. Be part of All Hands and Hearts inaugural program in Australia and benefit from alumni opportunities once you leave. Benefit from local community attitudes towards sustainability with potential to hear about a circular economy initiative, Permaculture’s contribution to Disaster Risk Reduction and food security.
What to do in the free time
The program is 20 minutes from beautiful beaches and national parks, farmers’ markets, and opportunities to integrate with local people, great cafes and the Heritage Village of Tilba Tilba. You can even visit a Buddhist Monastery.
Our program is centred on the village of Cobargo in the Bega Valley. It is on the major bus or coach routes between Sydney and Melbourne and is about 6-8 hours drive from each. We are 2.5 hours from Canberra. The region is traditionally a dairy area of undulating green hills, spectacular beaches and small unspoilt villages and towns. Cobargo is cold in winter, so you’ll need to come prepared with warm clothes and sleeping gear. We are still finalising our base camp location and tents and camping are a real possibility.
How to get to your site
Detailed travel instructions will be available after you apply to volunteer with us via our website [See contact details below]. Options include by bus/car from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra and by plane to Merimbula (20 mins drive away).
Is there internet access?
Volunteer opportunity in Australia – Please apply to volunteer via our website at https://www.allhandsandhearts.org/volunteer/australia-bushfire-relief-volunteer-application/
or contact Sarah Boulle at Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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