Australian Refugee Volunteers runs a variety of different programs throughout the year. All of our programs feature a one to one volunteer to client ratio, which ensures that the kids and the volunteers have the best experience possible. Transport is also provided for the children to and from their homes. We rely on volunteers who can drive to pick-up clients and bring them to programs.



ARV runs five programs on a monthly basis:


Saturday programs:

  • Kids Program (ages 7-11)

  • Youth Program (ages 10-13)

  • Teens Program (ages 12-17)

Sunday programs: 

  • Charity Program (ages 13-17, focusing on providing opportunities for our kids to give back to the community through charitable work)

  • Graduation Program (ages 17-18, providing personalised guidance and mentoring to our oldest clients at the end of their time with ARV.  Run concurrently with the Charity Program.)

Our monthly programs focus on providing our kids with valuable life skills like improving their communication and encouraging leadership, whilst giving them the opportunity to visit places they would never get to otherwise.


The program sizes range from 10-25 children and are generally centred around a main activity such as ice skating, capoeira workshops, or a visit to a farm, with various other sporting and craft activities also featuring in the day. Volunteers are buddied up with a kid for the day, providing them with support and building relationships with them, to make for a fun day for all!


Camps are run most school holidays for three to five days, with group sizes ranging from 8-12 children. 


During camp, volunteers are assigned a buddy whom they work with throughout the camp, providing them with support based on their individual needs and building rapport with them. 

Camps are a great opportunity for volunteers to really develop strong relationships with both the kids and other volunteers, whether it be a paper plane craft session, a movie night, or one of the most beloved past times, a game of soccer! 


For the kids, camps are usually a fantastic, unforgettable experience where they get to learn fun new skills and build lasting friendships!


Most of our camps are held in Concord, in Sydney's inner-West.  All food and accommodation for children and volunteers is provided.

Next camp:  13-17 July 2020.

Email camps@arvolunteers.org to find out more.



Getting involved in the administration side of Australian Refugee Volunteers is a great way to get an understanding of the behind the scenes workings of an NGO and an excellent way to add valuable experience and skills to your resume.

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Australian Refugee Volunteers