Australian Mercy recruits and accepts applications from volunteers who wish to help on its project sites. Volunteers can visit a project singularly or as part of a team. In any case our volunteer procedures are the same.
We strongly discourage spontaneous volunteer services where volunteers just turn up on a project site and ask if they can help, for security reasons and to put less strain on project operations we prefer all prospective volunteers to go through an application process that will help us to make sure that the applicant is able to serve on a project that will give them a fulfilling experience and that all legal protocols such as child protection etc are followed.
We do not make any apology for this process. We want the best outcome for our projects and for the people that we are seeking to serve.
If you want to volunteer to help on an Australian Mercy Project;
You will need to lodge a volunteer application form together with the application fee with the relevant office, if you are unsure where to lodge it then contact infoaustralianmercyorg or the local office that you are applying to for assistance.
Once we have your application form we will begin to process it. You application will not complete its processing until all the forms are signed and received.
We will check with the project as to its ability to receive, accommodate and supervise you. If security issues arise where travel to and from the project site are unsafe we may choose to cancel the visit altogether or recommend a second option.
Finally once all the paperwork is done, you will receive from us a letter of approval to assist on the project for the agreed time. If your dates change or you want to extend your time on site then approval from the project and the signing of an extension document must take place first before extension can be approved.
On site you will be responsible to the management of that project for your day-to-day duties.
Once you return we will write to you and ask you to fill out debriefing document that lets us know how you went and gives you opportunity to make comments and complaints about your time on site. This document will be processed by our National Office staff who will follow you up if you ask / require it.
So what kind of work do volunteers do?
Volunteers to Australian Mercy projects may be volunteering their professional skills such as medical, teaching, accountancy, building, etc.
Other volunteers may not be working in there are of expertise but give assistance with general project work. This could include things like maintenance, child care and general duties. Every contribution made by our volunteers makes a significant difference in some one else’s life. Want o know more? infoautralianmercyorg
On Australian based project sites volunteers may come in regularly from one to a few days a week. Arrangements with local project sites could be more flexible than with overseas projects. All external volunteers to project Australian based project sites will need to fill in a volunteer application form.
Overseas projects can take people for up to a month although in some circumstances the volunteer time could be longer but that will have to be based on the projects ability to have people for longer periods of time. If a person wishes to volunteer on an international project site for more than 6 months or extend their time on a project beyond 6 months then other negotiations may need to be entered into. This will depend largely on the project site.