Passports With Purpose

Think Global. Act Local. 

Use that passport for a purpose. Travel overseas to disadvantaged communities and lend a helping hand in a local project. 

Passports with Purpose is a once in a lifetime experience. A space for personal, social and mental growth. From building projects to teaching at local schools, it’s a great way to immerse yourself in a culture, have fun, make friends for life, and sight see. 


Work in a wide range of fields including education, construction, re-forestation, healthcare, gender empowerment, social justice, sustainable agriculture and many more. 

Help to improve the circumstances of developing communities by building upon existing capacities and learning from local knowledge. 

Make the most of the time overseas by getting to know the locals, absorbing the culture, taking the opportunity to travel and experience the sights. 

Travel around the world to locations such as: Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal, Fiji and beyond. 

Volunteering with Passports with Purpose is also recognised on your Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).


Intake | Applications open 2019

Time commitment | IMMERSIVE


Check out our Info Booklet for more!

Indonesia : FNPF

Environmental Sustainability

Friends of the National Park Foundation (FNPF) is a conservation organisation working to protect wildlife and its habitat, at the same time as supporting local communities. FNPF works alongside the local community to restore native forest and rehabilitate wildlife displaced by logging.

Working with the local Kalimantan community, volunteers assist with planting of new crops, wildlife observation and conservation education. Combining physical activities and office duties, volunteers have the opportunity to learn how community development works at a grassroots level. 

Cambodia: Restore One

Skills Transferral and Rural Development

Restore One dedicated to developing and empowering impoverished communities in Cambodia. With an emphasis on skills transferral, Restore One brings about change and restoration to one community at a time. The focus is local yet comprehensive, working with individual communities to improve housing, education, employment and health within rural communities.

Whilst in Cambodia, you will be working on a diverse range of projects, from house and school building, female empowerment and health clinics, to community outreach through capacity-building micro-businesses.  

Vietnam: Red Lotus

Disability Outreach and Child Welfare

Located in Ba Vi, Red Lotus provides much-needed welfare services and a safe space for children, the homeless and elderly people who are disadvantaged or at risk.

With a focus on compassion and sharing, volunteers work alongside locals in the Ba Vi orphanage and disability centre to assist in rehabilitation, as well as teach basic English and art therapy. Volunteers primarily help with care and play activities with the children, however there are endless opportunities to improve the centre through gardening, painting and repair works. 

"We offer an opportunity for people to share their skills with those who are most in need, and in doing so, we provide a platform for the exchange of cultures, and caring."

Nepal: Sambhav Nepal

Emergency Relief, Reconstruction and Education

Sambhav Nepal’s mission is to achieve grassroots reforms in education, poverty, health, sanitation and community development, so as to uplift the living conditions of the rural communities of Gorkha. Sambhav Nepal currently works with twenty-nine villages. 

Since the 2015 earthquake, volunteers are desperately needed to help restore the community through basic construction work. Volunteers participate in the reconstruction of damaged school buildings and vital infrastructure, as well as advocate for continuing education through teaching experiences.  

Sambhav Nepal, where possible, uses “locally available manpower and resources to implement projects, thus supporting the local economy. The methods and materials that are utilised ensure minimal impact to the environment and the community, while providing efficient, sustainable and tangible results”. 

Got questions or want to apply?

Passports with Purpose

P:02 9385 7700

Meet the Coordinators


Hi I’m Hannah, I am studying Design at Art and Design. If I’m not dreaming up my next big project you will find me in a nice sunny spot with my head in a book, or hard at play in the ceramic studio.

I feel really proud when I see and hear about this generation getting out of their comfort zones to embrace different cultures and band together to create a better world. Believe me when I say, Passports with Purpose will change your life through hands on experience, self-awareness and life long friendships!

I can’t wait to meet you!


"So do you use a vacuum, or do you broom?", asked a volunteer.

In a tent on a mountain almost 10,000 kms away from Sydney, we laughed at the most random questions that popped up during our conversations whilst we had limited access to wi-fi. 

Through being in the program in 2016, I formed valuable friendships and many awesome memories in Nepal. Immersing myself in a culture, challenging everyday routine and doing hands-on volunteering were just some highlights of the program.

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