Passports With Purpose

Passports with Purpose

Passports with Purpose

Passports with Purpose

Think Global. Act Local. 

Advocate and fundraise for a global development project, go abroad to lend a helping hand in a local initiative and have fun doing it!

From assisting with construction projects to community education, Passports immerses you in a culture and gives you the opportunity to build friendships with fellow students. The best part? We have long term partnerships with local NGOs so you can be sure your hard work contributes meaningfully to a worthwhile cause. 

Get involved!

  • Volunteer in a range of fields including education, construction, re-forestation, healthcare, gender empowerment, social justice, sustainable agriculture and many more. 
  • Support communities by building upon existing capacities and learning from local knowledge. 
  • Make a meaningful financial contribution to your host project through an extended fundraising campaign.  
  • Utilise your time overseas by getting to know the locals, absorbing the culture and taking the opportunity to experience the sights.
  • Build your skills by becoming a team leader, learning to be a superstar fundraiser and exploring outside your comfort zone. 

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

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Time commitment | IMMERSIVE

2019 Information Booklet

Passports With Purpose

2019 Information Booklet


Team updates


On 1st September our volunteer teams departed for Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. They are working on several projects including women's health outreach, disability services and natural habitat restoration. The volunteers coordinated a massive fundraising effort during T1 and T2 and raised a collective donation of $11,750, going directly to our partners' projects! 

Left: Team Indonesia are reforesting in Kalimantan & working with endangered wildlife in Nusa Penida. 


We have four teams of volunteers who have been busy all term fundraising for their different partner organisations. In September, these groups of UNSW students will travel to Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia to learn about the work of our partner charities and have hands-on experiences with various development projects. Left: Team Vietnam out in the community supporting Red Lotus.

Our fundraising efforts provide a meaningful financial contribution to the projects the volunteers work on and ensure their continuation after the groups return home. Right: Advocating for rural education & development on behalf of Restore One Cambodia.

Team Leaders

Our leaders attended a workshop on defining leadership, self-awareness and conflict management with the aim to reflect on their progress so far and strategise for the term ahead. Developing team work skills is a big part of our program and we strive to give all Passports volunteers opportunities to improve in these areas.

Our current partners

Nepal: Sambhav Nepal

Dec 2019

Emergency Relief, Reconstruction and Education

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

"Immediately after the [2015] earthquake, Sambhav Nepal shifted its focus to distributing relief supplies and to rebuilding the destroyed houses and schools in Gorkha district (the epicenter). And to this day, we are still helping to rebuild more"

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”. 

Fundraising target: $700 per person 

Cambodia: Restore One

Dec 2019

Skills Transferral and Rural Development

Restore One are dedicated to developing and empowering impoverished communities in South East Asia. 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.

In Cambodia our volunteers work on a diverse range of projects, from house and school building, female empowerment and health clinics, to community outreach through capacity-building micro-businesses.  

Fundraising target: $1000 per person 

Indonesia : FNPF

Environment, Wildlife & Sustainability

Friends of the National Parks 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 deforestation.

FNPF work all around Indonesia in locations such as Kalimantan and Nusa Penida. Volunteers will visit both of these locations assisting with re-forestation efforts, wildlife monitoring, conservation education and learning how community development and environmental sustainability are connected. 

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 its everyday operation. 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."

Volunteer Experiences


Red Lotus Vietnam 2018

Volunteering with Passports is easily the most memorable experience I’ve had at university. It’s so easy to get immersed in the routine of studying and interacting with our social circles, that we forget there are communities in the world that are not receiving the same opportunities that we are. By working with disabled children in Vietnam, I felt like I was able to bring joy and laughter to those who have the very least in this world. It was an extremely humbling and gratifying experience to learn that although it is tough, happiness is possible even with life’s bare minimums. Although it was emotionally and mentally challenging, I recommend volunteering in Vietnam for anyone who is passionate about children, especially the most neglected. 

Got questions or want to apply?

Passports with Purpose

P:02 9385 7700

Meet the Coordinators


Hi, I'm Sharon, a Public Policy and Governance Masters student.

I am passionate about international development and the cooperation of various communities in the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

In 2016 and 2017, we designed and organized ten-day volunteer programs for Turkish students in Kenya. Through this experience, I have come to appreciate the contribution of international volunteerism to communities in developing countries. 

The Passports With Purpose Program is a great opportunity to learn about different cultures, empower developing communities and protect the environment. A challenging and definitely fun way to make a positive impact and travel overseas.


I'm Clay and I'm a 4th year Marine Science/International Studies student. Volunteering with Passports gave me the most memorable experience of my uni life. I went to Cambodia in my first year where I made lifelong friends and learned a lot of lessons about international development and responsible volunteering. I'm really excited to share my passion with other UNSW students and send them on some very meaningful adventures! 

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