The Cardoner Network’s mission is to deepen the human, spiritual and intellectual formation of young adults, grounding them in a love of the poor in the service of the church. Two Wolves Abroad programme seeks to do this by working with developing communities and vulnerable populations to empower and bring hope for a better world.
The Cardoner Network has been running volunteer programs since 2012 and became a registered charity in 2019. We have been working with many of our overseas partners since we began and have developed meaningful relationships through the dedicated service of our volunteers. We work with partners that we know and trust who can benefit from the knowledge and experience our volunteers can share. In return our volunteers have a unique opportunity to grow and learn while building meaningful relationships and sharing their lives with communities who have common values and can offer a very different perspective.
As a non-profit organisation, we are not motivated by shareholder profits and compared to many of our competitors, our programs are very good value. We are not a large-scale volunteering operation so while fees are required to ensure we run a sustainable program, our focus remains firmly on the welfare of every individual who volunteers with us, and our partners overseas.
Volunteer safety is of the utmost importance. All of our projects include a dedicated 24-hour in-country support contact. This ensures you will be cared for every step of the way.
All Two Wolves Abroad projects have been personally inspected to ensure the standards meet necessary guidelines for quality and safety. In addition, we monitor and maintain communication with local embassies to oversee potential issues in order to notify volunteers and their families accordingly. Our Australian team are available 24-hours and only a phone call away.
Our responsibility also extends to the local people which is why all volunteers must provide a working with children check before they travel. We do not seek to change or influence the beliefs of any of the communities we work with. They tell us how we can assist their communities and we work closely with them to provide support to ensure projects are needs driven and create lasting change.
While many of our returned volunteers tell us there is no real way to prepare yourself to live and serve in another country, we do our best to share insights about what to expect and help you to prepare to ensure you have an amazing experience overseas. In addition to a country guide with logistical information about what to pack, basic language guides and how your specific project operates, we provide you with a weekend of formation to ensure you are in the right mindset to make the most of your experience before leaving Australia, plus training to help you get started teaching, to be risk averse and culturally aware. We invite returned volunteers along to our training to share their experiences with you, so you have first-hand knowledge from a volunteer perspective before you go.
Volunteering abroad is quite possibly the most rewarding experience you will have in your life. We know this through the testimonies of hundreds of volunteers that have come before you, many who remain part of the Two Wolves community. You may have seen one of our passionate alumni talk at your school. Volunteering overseas is not only rewarding, it’s fun. You will meet new people, build meaningful relationships with local staff, students and your fellow volunteers, see new sights, and expand your understanding of yourself and the world. You will experience something real and life changing in many ways.