MPA Volunteer Program

The MPA has a well-established volunteer program that runs every semester. Our volunteers are integral to orientations, social events and trips run by the MPA.

As well as helping out the MPA, our volunteers are exposed to new experiences and develop skills that will help them in their future careers, including communications skills, teamwork and time management. And at the risk of getting all warm and fuzzy about volunteer work, don’t underestimate that great feeling you get when you know that your efforts are helping out other postgraduates!

Plus, volunteering is also a great way to meet other like-minded people, gain insight into the work we do, and contribute towards making the postgraduate community a better place to be.

Volunteer News & Highlights

30 June 2017: Our volunteers give back @ Food for Change

The MPA is pleased to announce that we have committed to another community outreach initiative as part of our Volunteer programme. Postgraduate volunteers will now have the opportunity to assist Food for Change at their Clayton location, planting and harvesting food which gets distributed amongst the local community to those in need.

About the Organisation
The Food For Change core mission is to grow as much food as possible on land donated to us, to help feed the thousands of hungry Australians who seek food relief every week. We provide them with nutritious, fresh, seasonal fruit, vegetables & herbs. Once Food For Change has grown the food on the donated unused land we then partner with organisations like FareShare & FoodBank to deliver that food to those in need. This uses existing infrastructure and enables us to keep our costs as low as possible.

If you are interested to participate in this initiative, please get in contact with Caroline Barrow.

7 June 2017: We need volunteers!

If you enjoy meeting new people and have at least one semester under your belt, consider becoming an MPA "O" week volunteer!

Each semester, the MPA runs postgraduate-specific orientation sessions for new students on Clayton and Caulfield campuses. A vital part of our orientation programs are our wonderful student volunteers. To help you with the role, we provide training sessions for all our volunteers. If you are interested to volunteer, please click here to express your interest.

16 May 2017: Giving credit where credit’s due

In celebration of National Volunteer Week 2017, the MPA would like to acknowledge and thank all volunteers who have supported us in all that we do. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! At the risk of getting a little teary eyed, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few individuals who have gone above and beyond to contribute to the MPA.

Outstanding Contribution

Karan Bedi has made a considerable contribution to the MPA volunteer program as a trip leader over the past two years. He has been entrusted with representing the MPA on multiple trips, including leading an extended trip to Central Australia. Karan has set the bar high for other trip leaders and is acknowledged as the most outstanding contributor to the MPA Volunteer Program.

Name: Karan Bedi

Course: Master of Banking and Finance

What do you most enjoy about volunteering with the MPA?
Volunteering is a great way to network and make new friends.

How long have you been volunteering with the MPA?
Since February, 2016 (more than year and a half)

How and why did you get involved in the MPA Volunteer Program?
I signed up for the MPA Volunteer Program to volunteer in International Orientations, on-campus and off-Campus trips and MPA Mentorship program. Volunteering for the MPA has help me develop teamwork and leadership skills. It has also helped me improve my networking and communication skills.

Best New Comer

Evelynd has dedicated a large amount of her time to the program since enrolling at the beginning of semester. She is professional, enthusiastic, and a ray of sunshine at all our events, not to mention immaculately turned out. At her first volunteering event she managed to colour coordinate her hijab with our MPA colours, now that’s some serious effort! Evelynd is recognised as the best new comer to the MPA Volunteer Program.

Name: Evelynd

Course: Master of Communication and Media Studies

What do you most enjoy about volunteering with the MPA?
Volunteering with the MPA is really enjoyable! To date, I have been involved in the Volunteer Program in various capacities in which my most favourable is volunteering at social events. Volunteering the with the MPA helps me escape from my stressful university routine and instead experience new things. I throughly enjoy the fun programs organised by the MPA and have made tons of friends through it.

How long have you been volunteering with the MPA?
I've been volunteering since last semester on "Are You Okay? Day", then continuing actively until now, such as on Orientation Week, student’s panel, MPA Free Lunch, Language Exchange, Easter celebrations, and looking forward to join some trips organised by MPA.

How and why did you get involved in the MPA Volunteer Program?
MPA arranges the volunteering program regularly, ranging from internal and external activities. Sometimes, I help setting up the room, organising the MPA merchandises, and inviting other students to collaborate. MPA also facilitates my passion in photography so I'm happily documenting the events and capturing the moments with other MPA volunteers and coordinators. MPA supports me to shape my postgraduate experience and make the most out of it. I'm really proud to be part of the MPA!

List of promising volunteers (most hours contributed)

The Volunteer Program only thrives when we have reliable volunteers so we would like to thank Hiep Pham, Amrik Singh, Yizhou Lu and Raihansyah Ramadan for their support this year. These hardworking volunteers managed to contribute a huge amount of hours whilst juggling all their study requirements.

Last but not least, the MPA would also like to thank Michael Chae , for contributing 100+ hours by running the MPA Soccer Team every week for the past one year.

24 April 2017: MPA Volunteers Give Back @ Hamodova Cafe

In view of expanding the MPA Volunteer Program to incorporate elements relating to social responsibility and community engagement, the MPA established links with the Salvation Army to organise a day at the Homdava Cafe. The Hamodava Café 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. Hamodava Cafe’s primary purpose is about building relationships with people and developing a strong sense of belonging and acceptance for all and to assist them out of their current state of homelessness.

Our team of volunteers who served up to 300 meals at the Hamodava Cafe

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Interested to Volunteer?

There are many opportunities to volunteer with the MPA! If you are interested, please sign up here. Alternatively, if you have any questions, please email Caroline Barrow .

Volunteer Initiative Program (VIP)

Click here to read about our Volunteer Initiative Program

Volunteer Appreciation

All volunteers are entitled to a certificate upon completion of 20+ hours of volunteering. Any additional reward is given at the discretion of MPA staff members who reserve the right to make amendments at any point.

You need to fill in the hours you’ve contributed via the online volunteer hour log within 24 hours of completing the activity so that they can be signed off by an mpa staff member and counted towards your final certificate.

Click here log in your volunteer hours.