Do you enjoy meeting like-minded people? Would you like to act in simulation exercises that imitate real life humanitarian crises? Does networking with professional humanitarians appeal to you? If you answered yes to these questions, then this opportunity to volunteer with us in the beautiful rural setting of the University of Melbourne's Dookie campus, near Shepparton in Victoria, might be for you.
If you have participated in our training courses, and are interested to know what it's like on the other side of the crisis simulation, then this provides the chance to be part of it.
You can assist us in transforming the local surrounds into an international crisis response simulation and help us prepare humanitarians for life in the field.
The experience is a rewarding one as you support and challenge other individuals looking to contribute to the field of humanitarian response. You will also get to network with the many professionals who enrol in our courses, along with RedR's experienced trainers and fellow volunteers. We accommodate our volunteers overnight in Dookie and provide all meals. Volunteers also receive a small stipend towards the cost of their transport to and from Dookie.
How To Apply
If you would like to join us, we welcome your enquiry. Please contact us.
We are increasingly running our Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) courses in other Australian states. If you reside in another state and are available to volunteer, you can also apply to become a RedR volunteer and we will alert you when we are running a program in your state.
Please visit our Training Calendar page for upcoming course dates and we look forward to your application.
RedR Australia is always looking for new enthusiastic volunteers as we require a number of volunteers to help us on our Essentials of Humanitarian Practice (EHP) and Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) courses.
Anyone over the age of 18 can volunteer on our courses however if you are intending to undertake HEAT as a participant and haven’t already done so, we ask that you do not volunteer on the HEAT.
RedR provides a safe and secure training environment, therefore we require all volunteers to sign our policies and procedures. RedR is committed to providing a free and fair workplace for all staff and volunteers. Volunteers must also undertake a police check through RedR, at our cost.
Volunteers receive accommodation and food at Dookie for the duration of their stay, as well an honorarium payment as a token of our appreciation for your assistance. You will need to arrange your own transport to and from Dookie, however we are more than happy to help you find a lift where possible. Please let the training team know of your mode of transport and whether you are able to offer other volunteers a lift.
Volunteers are required over the weekends of courses only, not the entire course.
For the EHP: Arrive at Dookie by 6pm for dinner on the Saturday of the course, followed by a volunteer briefing at 7pm. Volunteers are required for role playing from 8am - 2pm on the Sunday. The day will finish up with a BBQ dinner and volunteers are encouraged to stay overnight.
For HEAT: Arrive at Dookie by 6pm for dinner on the Friday of the course, followed by a volunteer briefing at 7pm. Volunteers are required for role playing from 5am - 6pm on the Saturday. The day will finish up with a BBQ dinner and volunteers are encouraged to stay overnight.
Further course logistics are provided once expressions of interest are received.