Fostering Young Australian Returned Volunteers to be Agents of Change, Innovation and Development

Empirical research undertaken by Scope Global (Dr. Catherine Mobbs) in 2014 revealed the profound and on-going personal and professional impacts of volunteering on returned Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYADs).The presentation will share the findings of this research, and describe some of the innovative ways in which Scope Global has provided pathways that enable returned young Australian volunteers to continue to expand their own horizons while also making on-going contributions to community and international development efforts.

Session Abstract
Fostering young Australian volunteers to be agents of change, innovation and development

It is well understood that volunteering can be a personally and professionally transformational experience for young people. Empirical research undertaken by Scope Global (Dr Catherine Mobbs) in 2014 revealed the profound and on-going personal and professional impacts of volunteering on returned Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYADs), an Australian Government program managed by Scope Global that deployed over 4,300 young (18-30 y.o.) Australians to 23 countries in Asia, Pacific and Sub-Saharan African regions between 2001 and 2014.
The presentation will share the findings of this research, and describe some of the innovative ways in which Scope Global has provided pathways that enable returned young Australian volunteers to continue to expand their own horizons while also making on-going contributions to community and international development efforts.
Case studies will be used to highlight how youth volunteers can use their international volunteering experience as a catalyst for innovation and social enterprise development. For example we will share the journey of returned Australian volunteer Chris Kemp who went from volunteering in Bali, Indonesia to co-founding “Bottle for Botol”, an Australian-Indonesian social enterprise encouraging school children in both countries to engage in environmental debate and action.

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