Volunteering in Papua New Guinea

YWAM Youth With A Mission ships in Papua New Guinea (Photo: Facebook/YWAM PNG)

A number of organisations encourage volunteering in Papua New Guinea. Some are government-based, while others are charities and church-linked organisations. Many Papua New Guineans and Australians have built lifelong friendships and connections through volunteer work and programs.

Australian citizens are encouraged to visit the Federal Government’s Smart Traveller website before undertaking a volunteer placement. Volunteer workers may qualify for special categories of visa under Papua New Guinea’s immigration requirements. More details can be obtained from the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority.

Government agencies

Australian Volunteers

Australian Volunteers is the volunteer program associated with Australia’s aid program. In PNG, it facilitates volunteer placements within a number of sectors connected to Australia’s aid activities.


United Nations

The United Nations Volunteers program manages volunteer placements in UN agencies. It also works with PNG organisations to facilitate online volunteering opportunities.

United Nations Volunteers https://www.unv.org/

Volunteers online https://onlinevolunteering.org/

Volunteering organisations

Youth with a Mission YWAM

Volunteering on YWAM MSA’s Medical Ship is an adventure filled opportunity where you can make a real difference and experience the beautiful Papua New Guinea culture. YWAM partners with local health care providers to provide quality training and medical care to some of the world’s most remote areas. The mission is to see quality of life for the people of PNG in the areas of health, training and community development.


Australian Doctors International

ADI specialises in providing health patrols, deploying volunteer doctors and health co-ordinators to work in partnership with local government, private companies and faith-based health providers.



AVI is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers the Australian Government’s Australian Volunteers program in conjunction with corporate partners Cardno and The Whitelum Group.


Australian Business Volunteers


Kokoda Track Foundation


Palms Australia


Church-based organisations

Adventist Development and Relief Agency – ADRA – Seventh Day Adventist Church


Caritas – Catholic church


Baptist World – Baptist Church


Uniting World – Uniting Church


Global Mission Partners – Church of Christ


Lutheran Church of Australia International Mission


Salvation Army Australia – International Development