Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, experience something different and contribute to society. Additionally, volunteering is a great addition to any resume. UWA and the PSA strongly encourage students to consider volunteering. There is a range of opportunities available, on campus and off.
The UWA Student Guild provides volunteering opportunities for UWA students. Volunteering positions vary in levels of commitment, from single morning events to multiple day camps, to on-going positions. Camps etc are often fully-funded, meaning you get a holiday and challenging experience for free!
If you want to get more involved in the postgraduate community you can join the PSA Committee if there is a position available , otherwise you could contact the PSA to let them know you are interested in helping out at events.
Every semester new postgraduates are matched with a UniMentor; someone to help them navigate their way through university life. If you have been at UWA for a while, you could consider becoming a UniMentor. Becoming a UniMentor requires completion of a training course, giving you further qualifications for your resume.
Another option to help people in educational environments is ASPIRE UWA, a high school outreach program. ASPIRE works with high school students under-represented at UWA. Postgraduates can be involved in a variety of different ways, so head to the ASPIRE UWA website for more information.
Higher Degree by Research postgraduates are often looking for volunteers for research. Keep an eye out for the monthly newsletter to find opportunities to contribute to another student’s research.
If you’re an external student you might find it difficult to volunteer for a Guild or PSA-based activity, but there are likely to be volunteering opportunities in your area. Go Volunteer has an Australia-wide database of volunteering positions, ranging from event volunteering, corporate volunteering, environmental volunteering and volunteering in an emergency.