Volunteer with MWIA
The MWIA Volunteer Program allows those interested in our work for justice and development to become more involved and to share their skills, time and passion to improve the lives of people in Australia and overseas.
Volunteering is a tangible way that supporters can stand in solidarity with the world’s poor and partner with them to work for sustainable solutions to development issues.
Both long and short term places are available to self-funded volunteers. Placements vary based on the needs of the current projects, the qualifications and interests of the volunteers and the requirements of MWIA.
Why volunteer with MWIA?
MWIA prides itself on offering a structured yet personalised volunteer program – no two placements are exactly the same. We encourage our volunteers to play an active role in shaping their placement, allowing individuals to contribute to the communities they visit in a meaningful and personal way.
While many of our volunteers are connected with the Loreto network, this is certainly not a requirement. We welcome all volunteers who are open to the MWIA values and who are interested in contributing their time and enthusiasm to social justice and development projects.
Contribute to lasting change
MWIA works closely with our Loreto Sisters who work in many impoverished corners of the world to promote human rights and support sustainable development. This is a great chance for you to use your experience, talents and enthusiasm to help others.
Gain valuable career experience
Not only will you be enriched by a cross-cultural experience but this time spent volunteering is also highly regarded by employers.
From helping to teach English to assisting in the development of strategic plans for income generation projects, we tailor the experience to suit your skill set. In return, volunteers are welcomed into a different world. They learn about the people they visit, their culture and the reality of life in the developing world. They are also exposed to new ideas and challenges.
The experience of volunteering enriches lives. It also allows you to learn more about yourself and broadens your horizons.
Other benefits of volunteering
- You can make a hands-on contribution to the fight against poverty
- You work with local people on sustainable projects
- You form friendships that can last a lifetime
- You learn about another culture by being immersed in it
- You face challenges that help you develop personally and professionally
What we look for
We are interested in hearing from you if you:
- Are at least 20 years old with more than one year of tertiary education or full time work
- Are open to the mission of Loreto and MWIA
- Are open to a cross-cultural experience
- Are independent, mature and flexible
- Can manage stress
- Are self-awareness
- Can problem solve and act as a team player
- Are committed to attending MWIA volunteer preparation and debriefing sessions
- Are willing to share your experience with MWIA and the Loreto networks, potentially by writing a personal statement or by making public speaking appearances
- Have read the MWIA Volunteer Policy and are willing and able to adhere to these guidelines
Where can I volunteer?
MWIA has placed volunteers in Australia, Timor Leste, India, Nepal, Kenya and Peru. To hear about some of their experiences, visit the Volunteer Experiences page.
Volunteer placements depend on the current needs of our project partners. Please contact us if you are considering volunteering.