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Volunteering is a good way to learn new skills, meet people living and working in your community and to help other people. Many Australians volunteer. Volunteers are not paid, because they give their time and skills for the benefit of the community and themselves. Volunteering is always a matter of choice and is not compulsory.

Although volunteering is not a substitute for paid work, it can offer you skills and work experience that may help you get a job. By volunteering you will improve your English, establish social and community networks and increase your self-confidence.

There are many organisations and websites that list volunteering opportunities. Volunteer Resource Centres are located all over Australia and provide volunteer information, matching and referral services. They also help organisations who are looking for volunteers.

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