Volunteering offers a unique window into a country’s social culture and is a great way to meet people, gain experience and have the opportunity to give back to your local community.

As part of Apex Social’s professional care program, we ask that you do at least 20 hours of volunteer work during your stay. According to government figures, more than 60 million people in the USA (and more than 6 million people in Australia) have done some kind of unpaid volunteer work in the last year.

It’s very likely that you will easily find meaningful volunteer opportunities in your local community. It’s very common in the USA for American families to do volunteer work for their children’s school and activities. Examples of volunteering are helping in your host child’s classroom, getting involved with your host children’s sports activities, helping out a local organization, etc. There are also websites that match you with specific, local projects based on your interests. Many of our social care professionals choose to volunteer with social organizations and institutions in their field – gaining additional experience in their careers while donating their time.