The Aboriginal Volunteer Program was an opportunity for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to participate in a 10-week volunteer project, sharing experience and working on community initiatives.

The program provided participants with the opportunity to:

  • Connect with people, land and culture
  • Apply your initiative, skills and experience in the outback
  • Strengthen your resume with community development experience
  • Work with the local council, primary school and health centres
  • Have fun, challenge yourself and make new friends
  • Full pre-departure and re-entry briefings, plus support while on assignment provided
  • Airfares, accommodation and modest allowance covered.

Applications have now closed for this program. 

Hear from volunteers who participated in the project

"Oodnadatta gave me the opportunity to fulfill what seemed like a life-long wish to do."

Alice Krakouker, Volunteer, 2013 Aboriginal Volunteer Program.

"We were really advantaged to work with the Elders. They were able to teach us a bit of woman's business making necklaces, we were so privileged to be able to do that."
Cristal Walters, Volunteer, 2013 Aboriginal Volunteer Program.

If you want to learn leadership skills, do this. You grow as a person. It took me out of my comfort zone. You get a huge boost from this and you make life-long friends which is invaluable.” 
Reese Salmon, Volunteer, 2015 Aboriginal Volunteer Program.

The Aboriginal Volunteer Program was delivered through a partnership between Volunteering SA & NT, the South Australian Aboriginal Reference Group, AVI and the community of Oodnadatta. 

Read more about the program's achievements in the Aboriginal Volunteer Program Report.