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Mission Building is a volunteer opportunity that gives you the chance to experience life on our YWAM Campus while supporting and investing in the vital work of YWAM in Australia, the Pacific, and beyond!

Mission Building is flexible; you choose the dates you want to come, (from two weeks to three months, all year round), and accommodation and food is $11 AUD/day.

We place you in an area of most need at the time that best suits your skill set.

See Melbourne; Serve Melbourne

Melbourne is one of the world’s most iconic cities – famous for its laneways, cafes, arts, and events. 

The YWAM Melbourne Campus is our hub, where you will serve among our international community dedicated to serving the needs of our local community and internationally to Papua New Guinea and beyond. The campus is just a short tram ride from the heart of Melbourne City.

Our facility has a rich heritage. Prior to YWAM taking on the property in 1983, it served as an iconic ministry, one of Australia’s oldest orphanages. Currently, it serves as home and headquarters for our staff, students, and volunteers providing accommodation, catering, classrooms, and office space.

For many Mission Builders, being a part of the YWAM community is the highlight of their experience. It is very special to work alongside volunteers from all over the world who share the same passion to serve!

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Hands-On Service

Mission Builders serve in areas that require the most support. This may include cooking in the kitchen, maintaining grounds, answering phones in reception, assisting with preparing accommodation, cleaning, helping with construction projects, or joining our communications team. When you apply, be sure to let us know your skills, qualifications, and work experience so we can match your skills and experience with the most appropriate placement.

We are currently undertaking significant upgrades and renovations to our campus. Skilled construction workers are especially appreciated!

Work hours are typically 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Travel With a Purpose

Mission Building gives you the opportunity to combine service with travel! Melbourne is a destination city with unique pockets and suburbs with distinct sights, sounds, and flavours. Enjoy the city’s galleries and laneways, the suburbs cafes and boutiques, and of course the beaches at St Kilda and Port Melbourne. 

Our campus is located in the beautiful suburb of Surrey Hills, a neighbourhood with established trees, beautiful parks, and heritage streets with cafes and unique shop fronts. We are just a tram ride away from the heart of the city. 

We are happy to give you our local travel tips to help you make the most of your time in our beautiful city!


Come at any time! Mission Builders can serve from two weeks to three months, all year round.

Food and Accommodation Cost
  • Dormitory accommodation (shared room and bathroom) and food is included in the fees. Food is generally made available for each home to cook for themselves in the kitchen in their dorm area; occasionally meals will be prepared and provided for the campus. Couples and families interested in something more private are welcome to apply. These spaces are subject to availability and will incur additional costs.
  • Food & Accommodation  $11 AUD/day.
  • Travel costs to and from Melbourne at your own expense.
  • Health insurance at your own expense (required).

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