Southern Volunteering presents a new way to find youth-friendly volunteer opportunities!

Research conducted by the 2021-2023 Youth into Volunteering Pilot Program has identified that opportunities for young South Australians to volunteer can be really hard to find – especially for anyone aged 17 and under. 

We have developed a prototype which is being trialled with eligible educators, youth workers and job service providers – if you would like to express your interest in gaining access, please fill in this Expression of Interest form and contact Southern Volunteering for more information about whether you are eligible to use this new resource.

Search Public Volunteer Opportunities

Seek Volunteer

Seek is well known for being a platform for job-seeking, but did you know it has entire website dedicated to volunteer roles too? Seek Volunteer is right at the top of websites to look at for volunteer roles.

Go Volunteer

With so many websites to look at - it can be a little daunting figuring out where to start. GoVolunteer provides a wide range of volunteer listings with an easy to use interface.

Volunteer in your region

Local Councils have a variety of volunteer programs on offer. The City of Onkaparinga is a wonderful example of quality volunteer programs. Why not check out your local council?

WEDO App

Prefer an app to a website? Give the WE DO volunteering app a go - available both on Google Play and the App Store for free.

Do Something Near You!

Trying to get into something and don't know what or where to look? Why not use the searchable portal Do Something Near You to help you find what is available in your local community

Looking further away?

Did you know that volunteer programs outside of Australia look for Australians to volunteer in a variety of roles. Sometimes online, sometimes in another country - it's worth looking at Australian Volunteers to scope out your options in the future

Go Overseas

Go Overseas is your guide to 18,000+ programs that will change how you see the world. Read 50,000+ community reviews to help you choose your next adventure. Volunteer digitally or browse scholarships to travel the world.

Government Opportunities

South Australian public sector agencies work in partnership with volunteers across the state to deliver a range of services to the community. This is reflected in the partnership agreement between the government and volunteering sector, the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia 2021 - 2027.

Emergency Response Volunteering

Did you know that there is a resource for searching emerging emergency support roles -(Australia Wide) Volunteering can provide crucial support to people in the community who are impacted by an emergency. Why not register your details to become a volunteer.

Learning through volunteering

DigiVol volunteers complement the work of the Australian Museum Collections staff and research scientists by capturing images of specimens, objects and archival materials and then recording label data into digital form.

Participate in research

A vibrant community. Zooniverse gives people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to participate in real research with over 50 active online citizen science projects. Work with 1.6 million registered users around the world to contribute to research projects led by hundreds of researchers.

Department of Human Services

There are many different volunteering opportunities available across the Department of Human Services (DHS).

  • The arts
  • Community services
  • Education
  • The environment
  • Emergency services
  • Health
  • Sport and recreation
  • Tourism, and more!

If you are under the age of 18 – When using these sites to find a suitable role, consider using the advanced search options to define your age.

You can do this by selecting an option that says for Younger Volunteers, Aged 14-18″, sometimes this option is hidden under a header called “suitable for”. (Seek volunteer has been requested to change this to 17 and under, however this may take some time)

If you just type “younger volunteers” in the search bar without selecting this advanced option – you are more likely to generate roles working with young people (which is awesome if that is what you want to look for) but it may not show all the options available to you.

For those over the age of 18 – there will be a lot more options available for you to apply for on these public sites.

All roles listed, regardless of your age, will have their own individual recruitment process and could be subject to different requirements that could determine your eligibility.

For example – many roles will require you to be up to date on your COVID Vaccinations, and some will expect you to obtain a National Police Check and/or a Screening Check

If you are 14 and older, and working around children – you will likely need to obtain a Working With Children Check. The organsation will let you know what is required and how to get it once they are in contact with you.

Heads up!

These sites provide the widest variety of options for someone exploring what volunteer opportunities exist of any age – Southern Volunteering upload some content to these websites however they are not owned or managed by Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc. so you are encouraged to exercise caution when using these publicly listed websites.

Not sure what this means? Have a look at Volunteer Seek Volunteer‘s guide for protecting yourself online! 

Also, don’t forget! Many organisations may be facing challenges at the time of your search – local events such as bush fires, floods, power outages, staffing shortages and COVID can impact organisations in a variety of ways. If you haven’t heard back from an organisation, reach out to them again rather than assuming that they aren’t interested.