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  • Australian University Student Volunteering:

    Volunteering to Learn and

    Learning to Volunteer: Companion guide

    Megan Paull

    Kirsten Holmes, Debbie Haski-Leventhal, Judith MacCallum, Maryam Omari, Rowena Scott, Susan Young

    Gabrielle Walker, Simone Faulkner

    Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views in

    this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching

  • Volunteering to Learn Companion Guide 2015

    Support for the production of this Guide has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. Project team members Megan Paull (Murdoch University) Kirsten Holmes (Curtin University) Debbie Haski-Leventhal (Macquarie University) Judith MacCallum (Murdoch University) Maryam Omari (Edith Cowan University) Rowena Scott (Curtin University) Susan Young (University of Western Australia) Research assistance provided by Gabrielle Walker and Simone Faulkner The project team would like to thank all of those who contributed to this Guide and to the project.

    With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, and where otherwise noted, all material presented in this document is provided under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/. The details of the relevant licence conditions are available on the Creative Commons website (accessible using the links provided) as is the full legal code for the Creative Commons Attribution- ShareAlike 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode. 2015 ISBN: 978-1-921877-15-5

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  • Volunteering to Learn Companion Guide 2015

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    Preface

    Volunteering Western Australia and Volunteering Australia are proud to be partners in this investigation of university student volunteering in Australia. The development of resources including a website, a series of Good Practice Guides and Concept Guides, and this Companion Guide designed to assist students, host organisations and universities will serve to support the work of student volunteers, and to enhance their opportunities when volunteering and beyond.

    We look forward to using the findings of this research to advance student volunteering, and to work with volunteer referral services, student volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and university stakeholders to promote good practice for the benefit of our communities.

    Mara Basanovic Brett Williamson Chief Executive Officer Chief Executive Officer Volunteering Western Australia Volunteering Australia

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    Contents Preface ..................................................................................................................................................... i

    Tables, figures and vignettes ................................................................................................................ vii

    List of acronyms and terms .................................................................................................................. viii

    1. Introduction .................................................................................................................................... 1

    2. What is university student volunteering? ....................................................................................... 3

    What is meant by volunteering in the university setting? .................................................................. 3

    Two main inconsistencies ............................................................................................................... 3

    Extra-curricular volunteering .............................................................................................................. 4

    Volunteering within the curriculum .................................................................................................... 4

    Terminology in use .............................................................................................................................. 4

    Service Learning .............................................................................................................................. 5

    Work Integrated Learning (WIL) ..................................................................................................... 5

    Vignette: In the news ...................................................................................................................... 8

    3. The parties in the relationship ...................................................................................................... 10

    Primary parties to the relationship ................................................................................................... 10

    Students ........................................................................................................................................ 10

    Why do students volunteer?............................................................................................................. 11

    Vignette: Starting my own organisation ...................................................................................... 12

    Universities ....................................................................................................................................... 13

    Why do universities support student volunteering? ........................................................................ 13

    Trends in student volunteering ......................................................................................................... 14

    Vignette: A trend towards partnership in referral services ......................................................... 16

    Host organisations ............................................................................................................................ 17

    Subsidiary parties to the relationship ............................................................................................... 18

    The clients or service recipients .................................................................................................... 18

    Vignette: Outcomes of mentoring ............................................................................................... 19

    Potential employers .......................................................................................................................... 19

    4. Good practice ................................................................................................................................ 21

    University considerations ................................................................................................................. 21

    Macro/University–wide volunteering considerations .................................................................. 22

    Micro/program–level volunteering considerations ...................................................................... 25

    Strategies ...................................................................................................................................... 26

    Host considerations .......................................................................................................................... 27

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    Volunteering to learn or learning to volunteer? ........................................................................... 27

    Student considerations ..................................................................................................................... 28

    Academic student volunteers ....................................................................................................... 28

    Facilitated student volunteers ...................................................................................................... 29

    Independent student volunteers .................................................................................................. 29

    Vignette: University life introduces volunteering ........................................................................ 30

    What volunteering activities do students do? .............................................................................. 31

    Vignette: An eye-opening experience .......................................................................................... 31

    What helps? .................................................................................................................................. 31

    What hinders? ............................................................................................................................... 32

    Getting started .................................................................................................................................. 34