Volunteer & Alumni

Volunteering with Outward Bound is a great way to participate in a lively, active community of people who love the outdoors, while helping to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Ways To Get Involved

There are many different ways to volunteer. You can help out at Tharwa, providing back up support for programs, or even by giving us a hand with administration and marketing.

Opportunities For Volunteers
Volunteer at our National Base, Tharwa ACT
Our base at Tharwa on the Murrumbidgee is a special gateway to the mountains, just at the edge of Canberra. It is a wonderful place to spend time – that is both peaceful and buzzing with the background vibe of busy operations. As stewards of this Ngunnawal land, we always have a lot of work to do on the landscape. We also have many old buildings, some dating back to the Cuppacumbalong estate. We have opportunities for volunteers to help with
  • Gardening, mowing, weeding and tree planting
  • Maintenance of buildings and equipment
  • Sorting, cleaning and tinkering in our stores, kitchen and workshops
Community Working Bees
Community working bees at the National base at Tharwa ACT provide an opportunity for the OBA community and alumni to gather and reconnect, while actively helping out on a service project.

Register your expression of interest by sending an email to us.
Program Back Up Support
Like being out and about in the bush – we do too!

There are opportunities to be involved directly with supporting program delivery out in the field. Help with driving, food and water drops, equipment set/pack up and cleaning…

There is always lots to do!
Tim Booth

Tim Booth is a long standing volunteer and local legend with Outward Bound’s operation on our national base in Tharwa, ACT. Tim has been volunteering with Outward Bound for over 10 years. As a retired high school science teacher, Tim is a strong believer in the importance of working with young people and helping them find their path. Tim runs tree planting session and environmental awareness sessions with the participants. His knowledge of the local flora and fauna make him an invaluable resource.

Outward Bound Alumni

Are you one of the 500,000 Australian Outward Bound alumni who have gone outward bound with us since 1956?

If so, we want to hear your story!

Some of you had a life-changing experience that helped propel you into a successful career. Others among you repeatedly fell face first into the mud, stood up and kept walking through the rain. I know one of you can’t forget losing your Dad’s favourite pocket knife… Whatever your story is, we’d love to hear it.

You can upload your story and photos to stay connected with Outward Bound Australia.
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