Volunteer opportunities in Queensland at St. Patrick’s Road State School, or in Northern Tasmania at Hagley Farm Primary School are available!
Participants must volunteer for a minimum of 25 hours per week in their designated community placement.
St. Patrick’s Road State School
Located in Brisbane, Queensland, St. Patrick’s Road State School’s mission is to educate (academically and socially) students to become lifelong learners. The school was founded in 1977 and continues to be a school where excellence is achieved. They cater to students from Prep to Year 6 (Kindergarten to 6th grade) and provide a balanced education for all.
Volunteers will assist students both in and out of the classroom. They will support students in their learning, provide extra assistance when there are special events, and support administrative staff with office duties. Class learning groups (literacy and numeracy) are a key responsibility as is supporting teachers in preparing lessons. Volunteers will support the library staff and the art teacher (on Fridays). Volunteers may also be required to assist students with the learning and development of sporting activities each week.
Hagley Farm Primary School
Hagley Farm School began as a small, one teacher primary school with a single classroom and has grown to become a large primary school complex situated on a working farm of 63 hectares.
The Education Department purchased 170 acres of land in 1939 for establishing a school farm. This land was taken over by the school in 1940 and in 1941 sons of servicemen and ex-servicemen were accommodated in two cottages on the site. These students became known as ‘The Cottage Boys’ and through their education in rural practices the school farm thrived with a variety of farming enterprises. The boys along with the local community were also responsible for the building of the Hagley School swimming pool, which is still in use today.
Today’s Centre still caters for camping groups from around the state. Many visitors come for a day with improved transport enabling classes to travel from as far away as the northwest coast and return before the end of the school afternoon. Currently the Centre employs the equivalent of two full time staff who engage the children in a variety of activities selected by the visiting teachers.
As a volunteer, you will assist the teachers in the different classes, as well as working in the environment center helping to feed the animals and showing visiting groups around. You will also work on the farm helping take care of the animals, and various other farm chores.
Proficient English and communication skills, and a desire to work with young children is preferred. This program is best-suited for those with a positive, pleasant attitude and the ability to work well with children.
Participants must have completed secondary education in their home country and evidence of this must be included in your application.
In addition to meeting the education and language requirements outlined above, applicants will also complete a Skype or Zoom video interview with AFS Australia staff. This is to ensure that applicants have the necessary communicative skills, as well as to establish expectations regarding their placement.
Where you’ll stay
Participants live with an Australian host family who have been screened by AFS Australia. Please note that during the application process, if a participant rejects a host family placement by AFS Australia, a second placement is not guaranteed. AFS Australia works hard to provide high-quality host family placements for participants of the Community Service in Australia program. We use the information provided by applicants to match them with a suitable host family.
While most of our placements are highly successful, some participants do require or request a host family change. Where this is required, AFS Australia assists to provide participants with a new host family placement however, requests by participants for a host family change cannot always be met. In these situations, you will be able to seek advice from AFS Australia staff.
Participants should expect to volunteer and live in regional Australia. We recommend that they undertake research prior to departing their home country about both their community service organization and the place that they will be living so that they are fully prepared for their placement.