Last year alone, youth volunteers gave over 27,500 hours to Leeuwin Ocean Adventure.

Our volunteers are most often ex-voyage trainees. Most volunteering is done on the ship, during voyages and daysails. But volunteering on Leeuwin is not just about coming back to sail on board. Leeuwin volunteers are needed for routine maintenance and during refit; we often need volunteers to represent Leeuwin Ocean Adventure at school, university and career expos and for function s on board the ship while she’s tied up in Fremantle. 

Being a Leeuwin volunteer is about giving your time to an amazing organisation and being part of something that makes a real difference.

What really impressed me was the attitudes and character of the volunteer teenagers and young adults that were the volunteer sailors. They all had great people skills, were physically strong and healthy, and of good character forged from committing themselves to challenges that are bigger than themselves.  —Richard M, TripAdvisor

Top reasons to volunteer

There are many benefits to volunteering, including:

  • Broadening your social networks
  • Exploring new careers
  • Learning new skills
  • Staying physically and mentally active
  • Discovering your passion
  • Making a difference and putting something back into your community
  • Gaining experience, contacts and references


After their first voyage, feeling inspired by their experience, voyage trainees often inquire about becoming a volunteer at Leeuwin.  Joining as a volunteer can provide significant benefits to high school and university students.

School students in year 10 to 12, you may also:

Talk to the Education Manager at Leeuwin Ocean Adventure to discuss the opportunities.


University students, you may also:


Volunteers are members

As a volunteer, you will be required to join as a member in order to be covered by Leeuwin Ocean Adventure’s Volunteer Workers Insurance Policy. 

All voyage participants* are eligible for a free 12 month membership commencing once you have completed your voyage. Joining will allow you to volunteer and enjoy the benefits of being part of the Leeuwin team.

Once your membership lapses, if you wish to continue to be a member and/or volunteer, you can choose one of Leeuwin Ocean Adventure’s membership options – 1-year or 5-year.

Different membership options provide different benefits, including:

  • daysail passes
  • 10% off a voyage* for guests (family or friends)
  • subscription to Leeuwin Lines
  • special member offers
  • and more…
*Applicable to 5 and 7 day voyages.




2019 Volunteer Internships

Applications close Friday 16 August 2019

With thanks to the State Government through the Department of Communities, we welcome current and prospective volunteers to apply for one (1) of ten Leeuwin Volunteer Internships.

This is an opportunity for you to commit to a volunteering role with the Leeuwin through participation in a series of programs and workshops.  

Download 2019-20 internship application

How does it work?

The program offers ten Volunteer Internships to individuals aged 17+ who have either:

  • Already participated and successfully completed a voyage, irrespective of whether they achieved a rating;
  • Never sailed on the STS Leeuwin II before, but have an interest in developing their volunteering skills through commitment to the program.

What it involves?

  1. Leeuwin Short Explorer Voyage V19-12 | 28 September 2019 to 2 October 2019

First step is getting on board! The short explorer program is a 4-night, 5-day voyage experience. Departing from and returning to Fremantle, you will experience the challenge of tall-ship sailing while building your confidence and courage and establishing new friendship networks. While you will be a fully participating trainee participant on the voyage, we will also be asking you to think about and record your voyage experience from the perspective of your involvement in different activities, you and your fellow trainees’ learning and communication styles, your interactions with other people on the ship and your thoughts about the values of good leadership.

  1. Workshop participation | Date TBC
  2. Daysail volunteering | December 2019 to February 2020

Participation as a volunteer on at least 2 Leeuwin Ocean Adventure daysails

  1. Weekend Leadership V20-05 | 21 February 2020 to 23 February 2020

The Weekend Leadership voyage explores the values of good leadership and gives you the opportunity to put them into practice.

You will be provided with a log book to track the achievement of milestones and the completion of the 4-stages of the program.


Successful completion of Steps 1 to 4 will guarantee you a berth on Voyage 20-10, sailing from Fremantle to Monkey Mia at 25% of the scheduled fare – $625.00. The aim of this voyage is to consolidate your learning and prepare you for volunteering opportunities on Leeuwin and in the broader community in the future.

Note: Interns will be provided with a certificate of successful completion.

What are the criteria?

  • Age 17 or over when you begin the internship
  • Ready to join the September 2019 voyage
  • Willing to commit to the program (agreement to repay the cost of the Short Explorer voyage program if you withdraw prior to the end of your volunteering responsibilities)
  • Ready to invest in your future

Principles of Volunteering

Volunteering implies a shared understanding of definitions and respect of principles:

  • Commitment of time and energy for the benefit of the society and the community, the environment or individuals outside one’s immediate family;
  • Benefits the community as much as volunteers themselves;
  • Work is unpaid;
  • Actively participate in activities in their communities.


2018 Leeuwin interns