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External community volunteering

Students at UOW have the opportunity to receive recognition from UOWx for community volunteering activities they undertake outside of the university.

A minimum of 20 hours must be completed in a calendar year per community volunteering opportunity to have the activity included on the UOWx Record.

How is External Volunteering recognised by UOWx?

There are two types of external volunteering recognised by UOWx; endorsed community volunteering and non-endorsed community volunteering. Click below to see how they can by recognised by UOWx.

UOWx has a number of existing endorsed volunteer partnerships with different community organisations.

This means that the organisations are working in partnership with UOW to have particular volunteering roles recognised by UOWx.

The organisation has identified roles that UOW students can engage in that meet 4-6 Learning Streams.

These organisations include the following:

Click on the links to find out more about the roles on offer!

All other community volunteering can still be recognised by UOWx, however as we do not have a partnership with other organisations, it is up to the student to identify the role and verify that it meets the UOWx policy requirements.

How do I add this to my UOWx Record?

To add endorsed or non-endorsed community volunteering to your UOWx Record, see the information below.

If you are graduating in 2020 please note: to ensure your External Volunteering is added to your UOWx Record, you must apply by the following dates:

  • Autumn Graduation - apply by 19 June 2020
  • Spring Graduation - apply by 8 November 2020

If you undertake a volunteering opportunity with one of the endorsed organisations, simply email the UOWx team to let them know you have signed up.

In the email please include:

  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • The organisation you are volunteering with
  • The role you have signed up for

The UOWx team will then enrol you in the appropriate Moodle site so you can start logging your hours.

You will be required to keep a logbook of your hours and have this signed off by your supervisor throughout your time volunteering. This logbook will need to be uploaded to Moodle and approved by the UOWx team.

Your volunteering experience will be identified on your UOWx Record once you have met the minimum required hours in a calendar year.

If you are volunteering at an organisation that is not listed above, you must complete an External Recognition Claim Form and upload a Verification Letter, signed by the community organisation.

In the claim form, you must identify which learning streams your volunteering addresses, explain how this occurred and the skills you developed by participating in this volunteering opportunity.

Note: submit the claim form only once you have completed your volunteering for the year!

If approved, the external organisation will be de-indentified on the UOWx Record. The organisation will be listed as one of the below sub-categories*: 

  • Aboriginal communities
  • Aged care
  • Animal welfare
  • Arts, culture & heritage
  • Children & young people
  • Community & welfare
  • Corporate
  • Disabilities
  • Education
  • Environment & conservation
  • Health
  • Multicultural
  • Parents & carers
  • Police emergency services
  • Special events
  • Sports & recreation
  • Women's services

*These categories have been identified by the NSW Government Family and Community Services

Minimum requirements for UOWx recognition

For students graduating from 2020 onwards, you must complete the following:

  • An ‘engaged’ student will need to be complete 20 hours over a calendar year
  • A ‘highly engaged’ student will need to complete 40 hours over a calendar year

Please note that time spent training for the role can be included in your hours completed for the role, but only if the training occurred in the same calendar year as the rest of the hours you are claiming.

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