RAWCS Volunteers do a tremendous job throughout the world, providing their time, effort and personal commitment to help others. 

RAWCS aims to make the process easy for volunteers and Rotary Clubs to become involved, join a Team, register online and experience a RAWCS volunteer trip that will be remembered all of your life.

The information below relates to some common enquiries by RAWCS volunteers. By following the simple advice and procedures listed below, you can find a project and become a Team member. We appreciate your interest and want to help your volunteering experience run smoothly and to plan.

How does someone become a RAWCS/Rotary volunteer?

A person wishing to volunteer for overseas service as a RAWCS/Rotary volunteer will need to:

  • Contact a RAWCS Project Manager who is able to find a place on one of the teams that they are organising. 
  • You can search for all projects requiring volunteers by clicking on the BLUE BAR above.
  • The Project Manager or Team Leader must invite each volunteer by email containing the website address, username and password to login to the Volunteer website.
  • Once logged in you need to complete your online registration documentation and upload the requested documents.

Each volunteer will need to supply the Project Manager or Team Leader:

  • A private email address that cannot be used by any other RAWCS volunteer.
  • Your full name as it appears in your passport.
  • The given name you prefer to be known as.
  • Your occupation or previous occupation if retired
  • Estimate of the airfare, travel, accommodation and food costs for the trip

Submission of Application Timeline

The Volunteer Team on-line application form and uploads must be completed by every Volunteer on the Team and submitted for evaluation and approval not less than two weeks before date of departure.

As a result of COVID the Rotary National Insurers, requested RAWCS to review all their Volunteer Team policy and procedures relating to volunteer travel. These changes were implemented into RAWCS volunteer policy documents in May 2022 and are available on the RAWCS website.

One of the changes implemented was that upon Registration of the Team (receiving a designated RAWCS Volunteer reference number), the completed on-line application and supporting documentation from each member of the Volunteer Team must be fully submitted for evaluation and approval  not less than two weeks before the date of departure.  This allows RAWCS Volunteer Supervisors sufficient time to process and submit to the Rotary National Insurers for each individual volunteer to receive the insurance cover.

All RAWCS Volunteers must leave from and return to a place of residence in Australia to be eligible to be covered by the Rotary Australia Travel Insurance Policy. When volunteers have completed their online registration documentation, they are emailed a copy of the Rotary Insurance Travel Summary

These documents give every volunteer information on what the Insurance Policy covers and how to contact the Insurance Company in an emergency. They also tell you how to make a claim if required. Remember to contact your sponsoring Rotary District Insurance Officer to seek advice and notify them of your problem.

For more information please read the RAWCS Volunteers Manual