Volunteer Program

Are you looking for new experiences and challenges? Do you want to meet new people and make new friends? Are you keen to help make events successful, lead off-campus trips and contribute to the Monash graduate student community and beyond? Get involved today!

Important Notice: Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the MGA is unable to run any on-campus or community outreach volunteering opportunities in Semester 2, 2020. As such, we are not actively recruiting new volunteers for the rest of 2020. We have a limited number of online volunteering opportunities available to students to support our virtual events such as Games Nights and Trivia Nights. If you are interested in volunteering for our virtual events this semester, please contact the Volunteer Program Officer for more details –Kimberley.trahar@monash.edu

 

About the MGA Volunteer Program

Our volunteers are integral to our orientation program, social events and trips run by the MGA. As well as keeping the MGA operational, our volunteers are exposed to new experiences and develop skills that will help them in their future careers, including communication skills, teamwork and time management.

Volunteering is also a great way to meet other like-minded people, gain an insight into the work we do and give back to the graduate student community. There are also opportunities for our volunteers to contribute to outreach programs that benefit the wider Melbourne public via our collaborations with external organisations.

Click here to register as a volunteer!

For more information on the MGA Volunteer Program, please click here.

Volunteer Appreciation

Upon completion of 20+ hours of volunteering, an MGA volunteer will receive a certificate of participation and may request a reference from the program leader. References will be given at the discretion of the program leader and eligibility will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Volunteers are required to fill in the hours they have contributed through the online volunteer hour log. This must be done within 24 hours of completing an activity so that their contribution can be verified and validated by the program leader.

Click here to log in your volunteer hours.

Interested to volunteer?

There are many opportunities to volunteer with the MGA! To be eligible for our volunteer program, you must be a current Monash graduate student and must register your interest here. Enrolments for the program will close after week 3 of each semester.

Once you have completed the registration, you will receive a notification confirming your place on the program. After which you will receive an email each time there are volunteering opportunities.

If the program is at full capacity then you will be added to the reserve list to commence in the following semester.

For any queries regarding the MGA volunteer program, please contact the Volunteer Program Leader:

Kimberley Trahar
Volunteer Program Officer
T: 03 9903 2662
E: kimberley.trahar@monash.edu

Volunteer Awards Night

The MGA is fortunate to have a team of phenomenal volunteers that work hard and dedicate a lot of their time throughout the year. To show our appreciation and gratitude, the MGA hosted its first ever Volunteer Awards Night in 2018. Click here to read about our Awards Night in 2019.

Keen to volunteer for an off-campus trip?

The opportunity to lead an off-campus trip has become the most popular volunteering opportunity available. Trip leaders get their place on the trip for free however your are required to complete an assessment with the program leader prior to being confirmed as a trip volunteer. This is to ensure trip leaders have the necessary skills and capability to lead a trip. In addition to this, trip leaders are required to complete two mandatory training elements.

If this sounds like something you are keen to do, get in touch with our Volunteer Program Leader:

Kimberley Trahar
Volunteer Program Officer
T: 03 9903 2662
E: kimberley.trahar@monash.edu

Community Outreach Program

The MGA has a community outreach program that enables students to contribute to the local community.

The Lighthouse Café (soup kitchen run by the Salvation Army) is a welcoming venue providing breakfast, lunch, coffee and tea, as well as support to people from all walks of life, especially those living on the margins of society.

The Food For Change core mission is to grow as much food as possible on donated land, to help feed the thousands of hungry Australians who seek food relief every week. Once Food For Change has grown the food, they partner with organisations like FareShare & FoodBank to deliver food to those in need.

Inclusion Melbourne is an organisation focussed on providing “opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities to experience personal fulfilment, purpose and authentic social and physical inclusion, to live a good life”. The MGA offers volunteers the opportunity to give their time to someone via Inclusion Melbourne’s variety of programs, such as the Leisure Buddies service, Community Visitor Program, or as Tutors.