There are a diverse range of opportunities for people to volunteer at RNLC in different roles. Volunteers provide classroom support, collect and sort the weekly FoodBank delivery and any material donations, write grants, do essential administration work or develop and deliver fundraising initiatives. All of these roles are equally important and ensure the best possible outcomes for the students that RNLC supports.

Many people, from all ages and walks of life feel they want to give back to the community. They volunteer because they have time or skills they want to share.  Our volunteers usually commit to ~2 hours each week at RNLC during term times (we close during school holidays). Many of our volunteers have been with us for a number of years and we also welcome new volunteers who have experience, interest and expertise in any of the roles listed below. 

Classroom Support Volunteers

Delivery of our education programs is supported by our dedicated team of classroom volunteers. As our programs grow and develop, classroom support volunteers can play an integral role in facilitating the delivery of these programs. Classroom support volunteers work with students in a one-on-one or small group capacity, under the guidance of the classroom teacher. This role requires flexibility as the classes will vary greatly in size and ability of students. Furthermore, classroom support volunteers should also be mindful of the individual needs of each student, as all of our students come from refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds. This role will be best suited to people who have experience with teaching or education support and/or have worked with refugees and asylum seekers. 

FoodBank Volunteers

We provide essential food supplies to ~60 families each week. To make this possible, we have a dedicated team of FoodBank volunteers who collect, deliver and sort the food at RNLC on a weekly basis. This is a very big job as our student cohort continues to grow and we would welcome volunteers to this important team, that reduces the food insecurity that so many of our students experience.

If you are interested in either of the above roles, or in:

·     writing grants

·     administration work

·     developing and delivering fundraising initiatives

Please email rebecca@rnlc.org.au with some information about yourself, which area you would like to volunteer in, and please include a resume with two current referees.


The River Nile Learning Centre is very conscious of how effective partnerships can improve the quality of the Program it delivers.

Collaborative Partners
In delivering our services we collaborate with a wide variety of organisations, such as:

  • Red Cross, City of Melbourne, Spectrum, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Life without Barriers, New Hope Foundation, Anglicare, MYF, Foundation House, AMES and Church groups, which refer young women in need to us;

  • Service Stars, which is run by Jane Farrell and assists Refugees and Asylum Seekers to find appropriate, respectful and fairly paid employment;

  • Inner Melbourne Legal Centre, which assists the students with their individual issues with immigration, debt, infringement, family violence, homelessness and guardianship;

  • Foundation House, which advises our staff and volunteers on how to assist refugees and asylum seekers who have suffered torture or war related trauma; and

  • FoodBank, which provides food, which we distribute to our students.

Philanthropic sponsors

We thank all our supporters and especially acknowledge the following:

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RNLC is an ACNC registered Charitable organisation, endorsed by the ATO for charity tax concessions and as a Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR