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This subject will provide an understanding of the community sector and community development through a substantial volunteer experience abroad. Students have the opportunity to undertake a placement of 80-100 hours with a not-for-profit organisation, offering an opportunity to contribute to a community through project work, research and/or engaging in the key activities of the organisation. The Faculty of Arts works in partnership with not-for-profit organisations, in particular Australian Volunteers International (AVI) to place volunteers and assist students with risk assessment, volunteer orientation and monitoring and evaluation. AVI is an independent not-for-profit organisation, with extensive experience in the management people-centred development projects and programs in a wide range of countries. AVI’s work focuses on reducing poverty, providing health and education services, promoting human rights and gender equality, and protecting the environment. They work closely with individuals, organisations and communities across the developing world in response to locally identified priorities.
Upon subject completion, students will have a better understanding of the structure, culture and policy environment of community development. They will have enhanced their awareness of the challenges and approaches to development, been involved in a community project, gained insight into workplace issues through examination of the structure, culture and policy environment and enhanced their employability skills.
Selection into this subject is based on academic merit and a timely submission of application. Proposed placement must be approved by the subject co-ordinator. There may be further eligibility and selection criteria required for Australian Volunteers International, for information regarding application and eligibility please refer to the following link:
This subject will incur additional costs such as travel and accommodation. Students may be eligible to apply for the Melbourne Global Grant. Please ensure tht you meet the eligibility criteria before applying http://www.mobility.unimelb.edu.au/outbound/study-abroad/index.html
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete this subject will:
- Demonstrate a greater understanding of international community development issues and context;
- Make a positive contribution to a community project;
- Appreciate how work of not-for-profit organisation operates in a developing world context;
- Develop skills in cultural sensitivity and cultural appropriateness of community development work;
- Have enhanced ability to undertake independent research;
- Demonstrate self-appraisal and self-reflection skills;
- Demonstrate appreciation of active global citizenship and community leadership issues;
- Contribute as a member of a team
Last updated: 15 February 2024