Contact the organisations below through their websites and ask about volunteering opportunities.
Local Councils
These are the local government offices.  Each local council will have a variety of volunteering opportunities, including youth groups, elderly programs, graffiti removal, community gardens, and lots more.  Each council will have their own online volunteer application form.  Public libraries, community or neighbourhood centres, and community events are also run by local councils and require volunteers.
Adelaide City Council

Adelaide City Council has a vacancies search page where you can apply online for specific positions that available. You need to volunteer for a minimum of three months with the Adelaide City Council.

Holdfast Bay (Glenelg) Council

Holdfast Bay Council covers the Glenelg beach area, to the west of Flinders University. Volunteer roles include aged care, supported residential care, aged-community support, home maintenance, environment, special events, administration.

Unley City Council

Unley Council is half way between Flinders University and the city, on Unley Road. Volunteer roles include meal service and preparation, gardening, community resident care, child care activities.

Marion Council

Volunteering includes: graffiti removal, assisting older residents with shopping, library, teaching older residents how to use a computer, working with people with a disability, helping young children in schools, assisting in playgroups, environment care and much more. Download the pdf document from their website to see the full list.

Mitcham City Council

Mitcham is north east of Flinders University. Volunteer opportunities include aged care, disabled care, youth care, library work, gardening/outdoor work and more.

Onkaparinga City Council

The City of Onkaparinga is to the south of Flinders University. Volunteer roles include: Graffiti removal, aged care, youth work, migrant work, library, working with people with a disability, environment care. You can download the pdf from their website.

Hospitals, Aged-Care and Disability Support
Elder Care - Aged Care Facility

Volunteers with Eldercare can be involved with a variety of different roles, with people from different backgrounds and cultures.  Volunteers have the opportunity to take an active part in improving the quality of life for older Aussies.

Flinders Medical Centre

You can apply to volunteer in a variety of roles including working in the coffee shops, on the nursing wards, in the library or playroom. To become a volunteer, you will need to phone or email the contact FMC volunteer person and attend an information session. Their details can be seen at the bottom of the FMC webpage.

Helping Hand

This company offers a range of aged-care and at home care for the elderly.  You can apply for a student placement, or you can apply to be a volunteer with the organisation.

Holiday Explorers Inc

An organisation that provides affordable travel for people with an intellectual disability.  Volunteers are needed to provide assistance and guidance for their Tourist clients on day-trips, weekend trips and week-long trips.

Interchange SA

An organisation that creates opportunities, fun and friendships for children and young people with an intellectual disability.
Volunteers receive training and ongoing support, including a Police Check and First Aid training.  You can apply to be a mentor (or “buddy”), where you are matched with a suitable child or teenager.  As a mentor you organise and take your ‘buddy’ out on a social activity once a fortnight – the movies, the beach, the playground, or whatever both of you like to do.
Interchange SA works with children from birth through to 25 years of age.
Student placements are also available. Request for Brochure or Application Form

Southern Cross - Aged Care

Help support the care and lifestyle needs of elderly people.  There are a variety of roles available, including different types of lifestyle and social activities.

Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc.

The organisation was established in August 1984 and incorporated on 16 April 1985. Originally known as Noarlunga Volunteer Services Inc, the organisation changed its name in January 1997 to Fleurieu Volunteer Resource Centre Inc and then again in July 2005 to Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc

St John

St John Ambulance services is the leading supplier of first aid services and training.  St John in general offers a wide range of community health services. There are many different volunteering roles: event health and community services, fundraising, youth programs.  You could also volunteer with St John Ambulance Service.


An organisation providing a volunteer service for people with a disability who wish to live independently but need help to do so.  Student placements are also available.  Volunteers may be involved with social activities like coffee and a chat, movies, picnics, sporting and craft activities, and much more.  Training is provided by the organisation.

Starlight Foundation

An organisation that assists sick children and their families, aiming to make the treatment process a more pleasant experience.  Starlight Foundation has programs in and out of hospital that you can volunteer to be part of.  You can apply for event volunteering or long-term volunteering.  There are many options available.

Resthaven - Aged Care Facility

As a Resthaven volunteer you will meet the most courageous, outrageous, loud, quiet and interesting people. Resthaven has volunteering roles that include companionship, social support, learning (e.g computer support), creativity (e.g art), play (e.g games, music) and wellbeing (e.g exercise groups). You can submit an expression of interest directly through our website. Resthaven welcomes your enquiries.

Social Welfare Organisations

Supporting South Australians in need.

A wide range of volunteering opportunities, including aged care assistance, childcare assistance, catering, food distribution, data entry, clerical, ‘Op shops’ sorting and sales, gardening/maintenance, fundraising.

St Mary’s Picket Fence Community Centre (close to Flinders University) is an emergency relief centre.

You can register to be a volunteer and then apply for positions.

Australian Aid Organisations

Here is a list of many welfare organisations that operate in Australia and abroad.  You can click on the links to go to the website of each organisation.

Foodbank SA

SA’s largest hunger relief organisation.

As an IELI student, you may not have enough time to volunteer with Foodbank.  It will depend on your class schedule.  However, you can also register to volunteer for events.

Marion LIFE Community Services Inc

Providing a variety or community support groups and emergency assistance.

Various volunteering activities available including community gardening, meal volunteers, social group assistants.

Meals on Wheels

Volunteers can take up a number of roles, including: cooks, kitchen helpers, drivers, deliverers and administrators (Branches can use people with IT and office skills too!).

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is one of the world’s largest Christian social welfare organisations with more than 1,650,000 members working in over 124 countries.

Providing a wide range of volunteer opportunities including ‘op shops’, children/youth/elderly programs and clubs, food and other community services.

To volunteer: First, register & get a log-in

Next, search for positions and apply.

St Vincent De Pauls

As a volunteer-run organisation, the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society is largely carried out by members of the community who generously give their time to help others.

Vinnies volunteers provide critical support in the local community.

All new Volunteers are required to undertake an Introduction to the Society session. Click here for sessions details.

The Smith Family

Volunteers are the backbone of The Smith Family. Without them, much of the work we do would not be possible. Each year, members of the community, our corporate partners and VIEW Club members generously give their time, skills and energy to support our work with thousands of disadvantaged Australian children and their families.

Uniting Communities

Volunteering gives you a chance to use your skills and develop new ones as you help your community. There are many different opportunities to volunteer at Uniting Communities including offering friendship to older members of the community, working in a Goodwill shop, or answering calls at Lifeline Adelaide from people needing urgent support.

Environmental and Conservation Organisations
Trees for Life

Re-vegetation, bush care, weeding and conservation Projects around Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills

Conservation Volunteers

Discovery Programs or Volunteer for a Day – Short-term Holiday Projects or One-Day Volunteering
Programs to get local community and holiday-makers involved in the natural environment.  Different activities available.  Click on the link and search the projects listed.  You can register and apply online.

Farm Work

You can also get work on farms as a Willing Worker on Organic Farms (WWOOFer).  Instead of getting paid for your work, you are provided with food and accommodation.  This is a great way to see and experience much more of Australia.  It’s also a chance to meet lots of new people, use your English and learn about Australian food and culture.
WWOOF is an organisation that arranges work placements on organic farms across Australia (and internationally).  You work 4-6 hours per day in exchange for all your meals and accommodation (usually in the family farm house). Again, because farm work is seasonal, it is suitable for travellers.

To arrange a farm placement, you need to join WWOF (pay $70 to receive the guide and 12 months access to all farm hosts within WWOOF). Your WWOOF Guide is like your membership ID.  It also provides you with a small volunteer insurance policy. Here is a link to join.

WWOOF is not paid work.  It’s volunteer work in exchange for meals and accommodation.  Therefore, you are not restricted by visa limitations in the same way that you are with paid work.  Click here for information about WWOOF and visas requirements.