How to be a part of the community in Australia?

Many international students have found themselves isolated from the local community. A lot of them probably try to meet people through online platforms, but still find it hard to expend their social networks.

During the pandemic, despite the depressing part, we can see how strong our communities are. Being a part of it can bring a lot of opportunities to meet people, expend your networks and develop your existing or new skills.

We have listed a few places in Melbourne where you can seek volunteering opportunities and start building your connections.

Lentil As Anything

If you enjoy working in hospitality, you might be interested in volunteering there. Lentil As Anything has three restaurants in Melbourne – Abbotsford, Thornbury and St Kilda. They constantly need volunteers as they serve meals to hundreds of people every day.


Have you realised there is an organic paradise in Brunswick East? You can find organic vegetables there and you can be the one who grows them! It is the best place to learn a range of organic gardening skills and environmental related conversation starters.

The Lost Dogs Home

Fancy interactions with animals? Then you should consider this. The Lost Dogs Home offers various volunteering positions, from cleaning and helping with events to administration. Keep an eye on their website to see what positions comes up.

Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES)

Australia is largely built on migrants. AMES was founded to help people who are new to Australia. They offer English language support and work skills training. By volunteering here, you can help them to help people settle here.

Besides the ones mentioned above, there are many more places where you can volunteer. You can find more information on

Remember, once you decide to volunteer, you need to commit to the task. Show up for your shifts and be responsible for what you do. We are sure you will find yourself feel great and love your life in Australia.