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    Our Recruitment Team shares their advice to help you submit your best application.

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    Experienced technicians (pictured) are working hard to chase away any existing issues.

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    Today on the Indigenous International Volunteer Network (IIVN) Uncle Kevin Coombs shares stories about his work as an elder on the Koorie Court, his memories of visiting a leprosy village in Western Australia, and how his overseas experiences have impacted his work in the community.

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    Australian Volunteers International and VOICE Australia are proud to announce a new partnership, which will see the two organisations work together to provide greater participation of young Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in volunteering around the globe.

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    Kevin Coombs is a popular Wotjobaluk Elder, a champion wheelchair basketball player and Australia’s first Indigenous Paralympian. In 2012, Uncle Kevin Coombs was inducted into the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll.

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    We’re partnering with VSO International and others, to highlight the important role volunteering plays in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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    Dale Weegberg is an inspiring 29-year-old Aboriginal man from Lalor in Victoria, and an experienced volunteer. In this interview, Dale reflects on how an opportunity to participate in a volunteer project in Oodnadatta two-years-ago has changed his life.

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    Australia’s key thought leaders, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Rosemary Addis, Social Investment and Innovation Strategist, Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley OAM, and President of the Australian Council for International Development Sam Mostyn are discussing Australia’s role in international relations.

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    Maria de Jesus share her experiences living and working in Timor!

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    We need IT, web design and data management people for international volunteer assignments.

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    Organisational developers, business managers and human resource advisers are in high demand to work in developing communities overseas.

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    It had never occurred to Melbourne resident and human resource professional Melanie Kleinoth, that her business and human resources (HR) background would be in demand in the international development world.

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    Could you handle a professional and personal challenge overseas? Australian Volunteers International (AVI) are now recruiting for 120 skilled professionals, to share their knowledge and expertise with people from developing communities in Asia, Africa and Pacific regions.  

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    What do gumboots; taking a break, and laughing at yourself have in common?

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    The Keeping Children Safe Coalition is a global membership network including many of the key international development agencies working to safeguard children. The 2014 Keeping Children Safe conference theme is Keeping Children Safe in Africa.

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    The Classic Wallabies’ Exchange volunteer experience in South Africa started on 17 June 2014 with a greeting from Australian High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr Graeme Wilson.

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    Planning a career change, need advice or want to expand your knowledge? Below are some events that may help. If you attend, make sure you stop by our stall and say hi.

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    Since 2011 AVI has had the privilege of sharing the stories of change emerging from the nomadic pastoralist communities, the Afar in Ethiopia and the Maasai and Samburu in Kenya, as part of Anglican Overseas Aid’s The Road Less Travelled project.

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    For every successful overseas volunteer placement, there is a supportive and dedicated partner organisation working tirelessly behind the scenes with AVI, to ensure the best outcome for both the community and the volunteer.

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    The latest blog post from The Road Less Travelled project looks at how vital collaboration is in improving healthcare access for pastoralist communities in Maasai Kenya.

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    NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    The week is celebrated not just in the Indigenous communities but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.

    This year the celebrations will be held during the 6-13 of July.

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    For the past 12 months, two Australian volunteers Roya Speight (Physiotherapy) and Leonie Shawcross (Mental Health), both based at the Ministry of Health, have been working together with Teacher Una, to support a preschool playgroup for children with disabilities in Labasa, Fiji.

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    Let your ideas and professional thinking expand at one of three conferences AVI will be participating in the month of July.

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    Six Indigenous Australian volunteers were welcomed by the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr Graeme Wilson, at a function at the Official Residence in Pretoria on 17 June 2014.

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    The C20 Summit is a unique opportunity to join civil society delegates from Australia and abroad and be involved in the discussions shaping our global economy.

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    Friends of AVI and Melbourne Development Circle are holding a full day event for the “development-curious”, international development professionals and students on Saturday June 14.

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    If you’re ready for a change of scenery, and have always dreamed of volunteering overseas, we might just have the perfect job for you.

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    As humanity pushes against planetary boundaries, how can we achieve economic growth that is both environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive? Join us to hear Jeffrey D. Sachs, world-renowned economist, leader in sustainable development and senior UN advisor discuss the new age of sustainable development and what it means for Australia.

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    We asked Australian volunteers to share how their organisations are addressing human rights issues in Myanmar and Indonesia.

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    In the wake of the recent floods in Solomon Islands, local organisations like AVI’s long-term partner Don Bosco Technical Institute are supporting families impacted by this devastating event.

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    Take a journey along the road to safe motherhood in sub-Saharan Africa with 'Motherhood Matters', a stunning exhibition of photographs on display at Federation Square in Melbourne in the lead-up to Mother’s Day in May.

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    April Turner is an Australian volunteer working for local non-profit organisation Island Food Community of Pohnpei.  She has been working with teachers from the United Church of Christ Preschool to bring healthy eating advice to children as young as three in a fun but educational way.

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    Gordon Bamblett reflects on his life changing experience as a volunteer in Vanuatu as a part of the Volunteers in Community Engagement (VOICE) – Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP).

     

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    Tony McCartney is a respected Aboriginal elder and community person throughout Melbourne and Victoria. Tony shares with us stories about his international experiences, travelling to New Zealand and Mexico in his roles in Aboriginal health and education.

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    Clinton ‘Booka’ Wilson is from the Wangai and Adnyamathanha Aboriginal tribes, he writes and reflects on his journey to Vanuatu, in 2011 through Youth Challenge Australia, now known as VOICE (Volunteers In Community Engagement).

     

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    For Brisbane nutritionist Amanda Bennett, an interest in travelling and experiencing different cultures led her to apply for a volunteer assignment with the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Palau.

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    Our friends at Oxfam are hosting a special event this April for the 1-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, that killed 1,138 men and women.

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    AVI is extremely proud to continue it's support of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF). In its 7th year, HRAFF strives to show the best films and artwork from around the world to challenge, touch and inspire audiences from all walks of life.

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    Listen to the two-part interview with Aunty Jackie Huggins AM, FAHA, respected Aboriginal Elder, Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia and Chair of the Queensland Domestic Violence Council. Jacqui talks about her work and passion for Aboriginal history and how writing has allowed her to travel the world engaging with people of different indigenous cultures.

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    What do you get when you put 10 Aussie NGOs, their African partners, and the Australian Government together? A partnership that's delivering life-saving results in African communities.

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    From 5 - 9 May , thousands of Australians will eat for less than $2 a day, for five days, the equivalent to living in extreme poverty. Introducing the Live Below the Line campaign.

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    Have you always wanted to volunteer overseas but could never commit the time? Australian Volunteers International (AVI) is now offering a variety of shorter-term volunteer assignments in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

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    HR practitioners are in demand to help strengthen the technical skills of people and organisations delivering vital services in developing communities overseas.

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    Your business acumen, marketing skills or entrepreneurship can change lives, even your own. Business and marketing professionals encourage economic opportunity, strengthen AVI's community partners and ensure that their work has a stable present and future.

     

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    Volunteering allows you to gain knowledge and skills and expand your professional network. Organisational Development Professionals have strengthened the operations of organisations across Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East; who are reducing maternal and child mortality, delivering vital health and education services or providing communities with economic empowerment.

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    Your skills can increase education opportunities for children and adults. By training local teachers, developing curriculum and materials, or teaching English to speakers of other languages, your impact will be much broader than one classroom or one subject.

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    The 8th March is an important date for women and girls around the globe. It is International Women’s Day - a day to acknowledge the valuable contribution women and girls make to our lives economically, politically and socially, and an occasion to stop and think about the inequalities and discrimination that still exist as a result of being born a female.

     

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    The wonderful folk at Oxfam and Women In Development have teamed up to host an afternoon tea with guest speaker Dr Helen Szoke, CEO of Oxfam Australia.

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    After 12 years working as a medical research scientist in Melbourne, Tony Frugier decided it was time for a career change. He took up a volunteer placement working as a medical laboratory sciences Lecturer at the University of Malawi and the Queen Elisabeth Central Hospital; and found it both personally and professionally rewarding.

     

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    What began as an opportunity to travel and experience another culture in the late 70s, became a lifelong adventure for Gleniffer residents Ray and Maggie Tate, who met while volunteering in Indonesia.

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    Dr Tom Calma has thrown his support behind a new storytelling blog created by the International Indigenous Volunteer Network (IIVN). This new online hub will be a key communications channel for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to share their international experiences.

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    We met hundreds of lovely people at the Sustainable Living Festival's (SLF) Green Market over the weekend. In a few short weeks, we'll have many more inspiring conversations with attendees at WOMADelaide! Womad is the highly acclaimed world festival of music, arts and dance held in Adelaide's Botanic Park. 

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    Australian volunteer and child protection specialist, Sarah Young, shares her experiences working at Empower Pacific, an organisation aimed at enhancing the health and wellbeing of people in Lautoka, Fiji.  

     

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    Momina sits on the bed in the hut where she will give birth to her third child. The bed is a traditional Afar "oloiyta" made of thatched sticks and slightly raised. She is ready to deliver any day now.

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    Are you a fundraiser or communicator looking for a unique opportunity to break away from the ordinary, and do something extraordinary in 2014?

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    Since returning home from Malawi, having volunteered for six months as a Lecturer in Food Science at the Natural Resources College, Adam Perkins has been met with mixed reactions about his choice to live and work overseas.    

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    A project aimed at reducing gender inequality in the Pacific has launched its new website, which offers an opportunity for organisations and individuals to contribute to gender equality for Pacific women.

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    Every day, volunteer action is making a lasting positive contribution to communities around the world.

    5 December is International Volunteer Day, the perfect opportunity for Australian Volunteers International (AVI) to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Australian Volunteers working overseas through programs such as Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID), an Australian Government initiative.

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    Together with local women in Lesotho, Southern Africa, Australian volunteer Christine Drew organised a community event on World AIDS Day to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.

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    White Ribbon Day celebrates the world's largest male-led movement to end men's violence against women. 

     

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    Our partners in The Road Less Travelled project have trained teams of Community Health Workers to increase access to basic healthcare for the Maasai pastoralists of rural Kenya.

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    Australia volunteer and Environmental Lawyer, Loren Atkins, shares her experiences living and working in Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

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    For many people meaningful life experiences are the key to happiness.

    Australian Volunteers International (AVI) is now offering you 130 new ways to enhance your life, with international volunteering opportunities now available in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific.

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    Pssst... well off the beaten track in North Sumatra is an island called Nias. Perfect barrel waves await surfers. Rare birds pose undisturbed for twitchers. Mist from natural waterfalls dissolves without a hiker’s cheek to rest upon.

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    AVI celebrated the contribution of Justice Richard Refshauge as AVI Chair of the Board at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last week. After serving for more than nine years on the Board, Justice Refshauge completed his full term as an AVI Board member.

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    Are you interested in engaging Indigenous youth in a meaningful way?

    Looking to enhance your own skills and experience?

    Read on...

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    For Australian Volunteer Physiotherapist, Ben Gwilliam, Africa has always held a special place in his heart. Born in Swaziland in the 80s, the pull to return and work in the continent was a strong one.

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    Our friends at Global Poverty Project would like to invite you to the Global Citizen Festival, a special event to be held in Melbourne on Sunday 29 September.

    The Global Citizen Festival is an action-rewarded, awareness driven music festival where fans engage with causes in order to earn tickets.

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    You don’t have to wait until retirement to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Australian Volunteers International (AVI) is now recruiting for 140 exciting new overseas volunteering opportunities, in exotic locations like Botswana, Jordan, Papua New Guinea and Cambodia.

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    It’s that time of year again - tax time. While many of us groan at the thought of getting our finances in order, spare a thought for Louise Saave-Fairley, a senior advisor in tax reform, responsible for providing a tax reform agenda for the 65 inhabited North Pacific Islands that make up the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

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    Inspirational Aussie nurse Valerie Browning is currently in Australia to share stories of her work with nomadic pastoralist communities in the Afar region of Ethiopia.

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    Following the Bali bombings in 2002, the Australian Government supported the 738-bed, Bali based, government-owned Sanglah Public Hospital to improve and develop its general health services and facilities to deal with its increasing number of trauma patients. AVI Country Manager - Indonesia, Jon Hunter, looks at how Sanglah Hospital’s partnerships with AusAID, AVI and Australian volunteers have supported the institution’s efforts to achieve international accreditation for hospital standards and to continuously improve its quality of patient care.

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    A midwife's work is never dull. From a hasty car park delivery in Perth, to a surprise tuk tuk birth in Cambodia, Australian Volunteer midwife, Dorinda Britto, shares her experience about a recent eventful morning she had on her way to work.

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    In the early 80's, Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT) began to engage the efforts of AVI volunteers to help Solomon Island villages become more self-resilient. After their placement, two of these volunteers, Digby Williamson and Meredith Shears, took their daughter to the Western Province to celebrate her first birthday in their village. All grown up and 25 years on; Orin writes about the experience of returning to the Solomon Islands to celebrate an SIDT milestone.

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    For New South Wales based speech pathologist, Kirby Shields, international volunteering came about after three friends each forwarded her an Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) role they had seen advertised on the same day.

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    Sunday 26th May marks National Sorry Day in Australia. Across the nation memorials and commemorative events will honour the Stolen Generation and recognise the important role this awareness plays in the reconciliation process. On this day, an epic relay across our country will also commence to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution.

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    Over 10,000 skilled professionals have signed up to international volunteering with AVI since 1951. Watch the video and see where people from all over Australia have volunteered.

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    World Health Organisation statistics indicate that approximately 287 000 women die every year due to pregnancy and childbirth related complications. While these deaths are largely preventable, poverty and lack of access to appropriate maternal health care continue to perpetuate this cycle.

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    On 10 April 2013, the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa with non-residential accreditation to Lesotho, HE Mr Graeme Wilson visited Kick4Life in Lesotho. AVI work in partnership with Kick4Life as part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government, AusAID initiative.

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    Happy Earth Day! Today over one billion people in 192 countries are taking action to tackle climate change.

    Australian Volunteers are involved in a range of assignments focusing on sustainability and the environment.

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    AVI continues its long-term support of the brilliant Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. As part of this AVI is the sponsor of the International Shorts evening in Melbourne on Saturday, 18 May.

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    Water is arguably our most precious commodity. Find out how AVI are responding to improving fresh water accessibility and sanitation developing better water management systems and promoting sustainable water policies. Read about PACTAM delployee Nigel Deacon's experience as a Water and Sanitation Adviser in the Marshall Islands.

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    Calling all business managers! Put yourself in this picture. Join an amazing team in St Judes School, Tanzania who fight poverty through education. Work alongside Gemma Siasea (centre), by streamlining existing administration operations; allowing the School to do what it does best, educating disadvantaged, bright students from the Arusha region of Tanzania to become moral and intellectual leaders.

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    Use your information technology (I.T) skills to volunteer abroad and assist organisations to develop their in-house I.T capabilities. AVI has a wide range of assignments available for experienced I.T professionals, with diverse new assignments and locations being regularly added throughout the year.

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    Do you love the idea of eating pho soup, noodles and rice paper rolls for lunch each day? This could become your new reality with various volunteering roles now available in Vietnam through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program.

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    On Thursday 7 March 2013, AVI's friends at IWDA will celebrate International Women’s Day with their third annual Half the Sky concert, this year at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

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    Australian wheelchair athlete, Paralympian and AVI Board Member Kurt Fearnley called for a more inclusive approach to disability in his Australia Day address to nation at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney on 22 January 2013.

    Watch his speech on the ABC website or read some excerpts from his speech.

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    Valerie Browning took to the stage at the Global Maternal Health Conference in Tanzania recently, to represent The Road Less Travelled project. The focus was on eliminating barriers to skilled birth attendance.

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    For Townsville resident and building constructor Grant Sim, moving to Moshi in Tanzania to become an Australian volunteer fulfilled a life-long goal of returning to the continent he fondly remembers visiting in his youth.

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    As we head into another year - and continue recruiting volunteers for vital roles in Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia and over 30 more countries for 2013 - AVI would like to acknowledge the impressive work of volunteers, project participants, partners, communities and organisations around the globe with a few stats and facts.

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    Australian Volunteers International (AVI) is excited to be recruiting for three new positions for the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program in Myanmar in 2013. As Myanmar’s government undertakes the transition towards democratisation, these historical positions will allow skilled Australian professionals to contribute to current peace building efforts and work directly with Myanmar’s government and civil society organisations.

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    Australian Volunteers International (AVI) are recruiting skilled professionals to work in Papua New Guinea in one of eight exciting positions available in finance, health, human resources, IT and management. Positions are ideal for couples seeking an overseas adventure.

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    Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) former Minister for Community Development (ICD) Dame Carol Kidu writes on the high expectations for national prosperity and how these expectations are tempered by the knowledge that revenues from the existing and past extractive resource developments have not translated into equitable development an improved basic services for all.

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    It's been a long time coming but we're thrilled to launch our very own Facebook page. 'Like' us if you want to see bi-weekly posts in your news feed about volunteer stories and photos, latest jobs overseas and at AVI's head office - and other cool stuff we think you'll like hearing about.

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    On 5 December AVI celebrates International Volunteer Day and the fantastic contribution our Australian Volunteers have made to developing communities the world over.

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    Through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government, AusAID initiative, everyday Australians are making amazing contributions to improving the livelihoods of hundreds of developing communities around the globe. To share in their adventures, triumphs and tribulations, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) invites you to a night of storytelling at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

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    Anyone who is anyone is heading down to the Fair@Square Festival at Federation Square in Melbourne from 30 November. AVI will be joining a range of amazing organisations, groups, communities and individuals as exhibitors at this event.

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    Each New Year brings possibility, the space to set ourselves new challenges and the chance to achieve the life goals we have always dreamed of.

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    Marianetta reaches down over her heavily pregnant belly to drop a few seeds into the freshly ploughed soil. In three months’ time she hopes her young family will be reaping the rewards of their harvest.

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    Looking for an opportunity to get involved in local efforts to tackle global issues?

    Our friends at the Global Poverty Project have launched the Global Poverty Ambassadors Program, a new initiative designed to help passionate global poverty advocates engage their local community in the movement to end extreme poverty.

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    The Monash Asia Institute is celebrating 50 years of Indonesian and Malay studies at Monash University, and AVI is proud to be supporting their festivities.

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    AVI's partner organisation Lesotho National Federation of Organisations of the Disabled (LNFOD) recently launched its T-shirts for Equal Education campaign. Proudly supported by AVI and AusAID, the campaign is promoting inclusive education in the lead up to International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the 3rd December 2012.

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    Through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government, AusAID initiative, everyday Australians are making amazing contributions to improving the livelihoods of hundreds of developing communities around the globe. To share in their adventures, triumphs and tribulations, Kurt Fearnley and Australian Volunteers International (AVI), invites you to a night of storytelling at the Fort Scratchley Multipurpose Centre.

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    The Sun Theatre, based in Yarraville, Melbourne, Australia, invites you to an exclusive premiere screening of Bloodshot: The Dreams and Nightmares of East Timor, a documentary by Peter A Gordon on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 at 7pm.

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    Australian Volunteers International (AVI) has come together with Austraining International (AI) to open a new office in Tarawa, Kiribati.

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    Dr Yayep Angue is a Papua New Guinean national who recently concluded his PACTAM assignment in Vanuatu as an Obstetrician / Gynaecologist.

    In a country where maternal mortality rates are a staggering 35 times higher than they are in Australia, the work of Dr Angue and his colleagues is critical to the lives of many ni-Vanuatu women and their families.

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    Through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government, AusAID initiative, everyday Australians are making amazing contributions to improving the livelihoods of hundreds of developing communities around the globe. To share in their adventures, triumphs and tribulations, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) and Austraining International (AI), invite you to a night of storytelling at the Alice Springs Town Council.

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    Through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government, AusAID initiative, everyday Australians are making amazing contributions to improving the livelihoods of hundreds of developing communities around the globe. To share in their adventures, triumphs and tribulations, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) invites you to a night of storytelling at the Orange Ex-Services' Club.

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    Having international work experience is highly desirable on any resume.  To help you further progress your career development, consider an Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) volunteering position, allowing you to share your expertise, exchange knowledge, and learn new skills in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

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    Through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government, AusAID initiative, everyday Australians are making amazing contributions to improving the livelihoods of hundreds of developing communities around the globe. To share in their adventures, triumphs and tribulations, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) invites you to a night of storytelling at The Albany Club.

     

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    Recently two Aboriginal Australian Volunteers took the long drive up the Stewart Highway to Oodnadatta, to take part in the Oodnadatta Community Volunteer Program - a ten-week project aimed at supporting locally identified community development projects.

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    Through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government, AusAID initiative, everyday Australians are making amazing contributions to improving the livelihoods of hundreds of developing communities around the globe. To share in their adventures, triumphs and tribulations, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) invites you to a night of storytelling at the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre.

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    Bruce Anderson is one of three PACTAM deployees currently working with the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) in Solomon Islands.

    Bruce sends us a postcard from Solomon Islands, writing about the work of the Ministry and highlighting the all-important two-way nature of working inter-culturally.

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    In order to perform modern surgical and medical procedures, hospitals in the Pacific require up-to-date, well-maintained medical equipment. However, this can be a challenge.

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    Australian Volunteers International (AVI) will host Volunteer Stories, an evening of storytelling at The J Noosa, 22 August, where three returned Australian volunteers will share the triumphs and tribulations of their overseas adventures working in community development. 

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    In June, Australian Volunteer Leigh Connell spoke to ABC Radio National's Life Matters program about her experience working as a Community Education & Advocacy Officer on the atoll of Tarawa, Kiribati.

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    Despite a wet night, 65 guests attended the first Volunteer Stories event, a night of storytelling at the Ballarat Town Hall on 10 July.  Three returned Australian volunteers and Ballarat community members enthralled the audience with the triumphs and tribulations of their overseas adventures working in community development. 

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    One of the lesser-known facts about the Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism (PACTAM), is that many of the deployees are Pacific Islanders by birth.

    The advantages of deploying local people with specific local knowledge are numerous, writes PACTAM Coordinator Ian McDonald.

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    Australian Volunteers International (AVI) will host Volunteer Stories, an evening of storytelling at the Ballarat Town Hall, 10 July, where three returned Australian volunteers will share the triumphs and tribulations of their overseas adventures working in community development.

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    Australian nurse and midwife Valerie Browning, head of Ethiopia's Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA) was awarded Rotary International's, "The One" International Humanitarian award.

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    June marks an important month for Australian Volunteers International (AVI) as they open the doors to a new office in Pohnpei in the North Pacific and welcome the first of many international volunteers to begin working with local communities in this region.

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    To celebrate its 60th anniversary in Solomon Islands, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) celebrated with long-term partner the Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT), as part of their 30th anniversary, on Tuesday 8 May in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

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    United Nations Volunteers is showcasing the importance of volunteers on sustainable development through a new multimedia campaign.

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    AVI returned volunteer Tim Webster has been clowning around since returning from his assignment in India in 2008.

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    AVI currently has exciting new overseas assignments available for professionals with skills in community development and social work.

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    If you've ever wanted to manage a small NGO in the Kimberley region of Australia, now's your chance. Mindibungu Aboriginal Corporation (Mindi) is seeking a General Manager.

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    These days when the media talk about Papua New Guinea (PNG) they are most likely alerting us to the fluctuating political instability or Government travel warnings, but we very rarely hear about the amazing contribution many Australians have made to the country despite the challenging living conditions.  

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    Today the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Australia's peak body for aid charities, released an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on her to ensure next week’s budget does not break the country's promise on aid.

    The letter is signed by more than 100 prominent Australians, including AVI's CEO Dimity Fifer.

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    Australian Volunteers International’s (AVI) 60th anniversary was highlighted at a luncheon hosted by the Victoria state office of the Department of Foreign Affairs at The Sofitel, Melbourne, on 18 April, with the Hon Richard Marles MP as guest speaker.

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    AVI is proud to continue it's support of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF). In its fifth year, HRAFF will take the festival to Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Alice Springs, Byron Bay and Perth throughout May and June 2012.

     

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    The first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme was launched at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States, on 5 December 2011 and about 80 countries around the world.

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    Australian nurse and midwife, Val Browning, has always lived a life less ordinary.  
    After moving to Northern Ethiopia three decades ago, Val married into a nomadic pastoralist community in the remote region of the Afar Desert, and has since spent her lifetime dedicated to improving the health and literacy of the Afar people, in conditions most of us would consider unliveable.

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    For Australian volunteer and Adelaide plumber, Richard Petersen, a gap in practical and technical trade skills in Namibia and a life-long goal of improving water and sanitation knowledge in developing nations, led him to volunteer as a vocational education training adviser – general construction.

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    Thursday 22 March saw AVI marking National Close the Gap Day 2012 by holding a screening of the campaign's 2012 DVD for staff and volunteers.

    Close the Gap aims to close the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.

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    Returned volunteer d’Arcy Lunn is about to undertake a 1000-mile (1600km) tour of the United States and Canada by bicycle.

    As if that’s not tough enough, he’s planning to do it while living on less than $2 worth of food a day.

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    Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr recently visited an AusAID funded midwifery program in Cambodia, run in partnership with AVI. Read the Phnom Penh Post news report on the Minister’s visit, and also the praise the Minister gave the program in his blog.

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    Anglicord, Oxfam and Australian Volunteers International (AVI) are thrilled to invite you to a panel discussion and photo exhibition launch. During this interactive session you will hear about aid effectiveness, the global issue of poverty and how the world is progressing under the 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

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    AVI celebrated its return to Tanzania with the first volunteer in seven years commencing an assignment as part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program.

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    Volunteering opportunities for Australian trade professionals and vocational education trainers in the North Pacific are increasing in demand, according to Australian Volunteers International (AVI).

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    Australian Volunteers International’s (AVI) 60th celebrations rolled into Adelaide’s Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute on Tuesday 20 March.

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    In April 2010 Gold Coast tradie Andrew Clarke headed to the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati to work at Kiricraft, a boat building organisation.

    As part of his second volunteer assignment, Andrew shared his carpentry, cabinetry and all-round tradie skills with his colleagues - work that has helped strengthen the knowledge, know how and business operations of Kiricraft.

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    In the 1990's Robert Hewat commenced a journey that would see him and his wife develop a lasting passion for Papua New Guinea. On 24 March Robert will share his volunteer story and travel experiences in the region as part of the Paradisaea Papuana exhibition at the Fo Guang Yaun Art Gallery in Melbourne.

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    Could you help us find electrical and plumbing tradespeople? The Marshall Islands government seeks help with its water and power supplies.

    Find out how you can make a difference overseas using your trade skills.

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    The Governor General of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce, was joined by AVI returned volunteers and supporters, state and federal Government senators and ministers, AusAID representatives, Heads of Mission and partner organisations, to celebrate Australian Volunteers International’s (AVI’s) 60th Anniversary in Canberra on 21 February 2012.

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    Youth Challenge Australia (YCA) is looking for experienced leaders, community educators and managers for Field Staff positions in Costa Rica, Guyana, Vanuatu and Mexico in June and December 2012.

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    Tasmania was not left off the map as it took part in Australian Volunteers International’s (AVI) country wide celebrations of 60 years of international volunteering at The Old Woolstore in Hobart on Friday 10 February.

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    As Palestinians from Lebanon, Iman Masriel and Malak Fakhreddine had never dreamed of visiting Australia, let alone doing it as part of their work. Watch the video that captures their journey of visiting a remote Aboriginal community Ernabella, as part of a month-long professional development fellowship through Australian Palestinian Partnerships and AVI.

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    On behalf of the President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Mr Vũ Xuân Hồng, President of Vietnam’s Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO), honoured Australian Volunteers International (AVI) with the prestigious Friendship Medal at AVI’s celebration of 60 years of international volunteering in Hanoi, Viet Nam, on 16 January.

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    AVI returned volunteer Ingrid De Lacey shares her story about her work as a Sustainable Livelihoods Adviser with the Tetepare Island's Descendants Association(TDA) with Tweed News journalist, Colin Gilmore.

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    Over 38 years ago, Australian nurse Val Browning travelled to Africa to work. The decision saw her marry local Afar man Ismael Ali Gardo, and with him, establish APDA, an organisation that is responding to the issues of the Afar community in the areas of health, education and sustainable livelihoods.

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    ANZ’s first staff members commenced their international volunteering secondments in January 2012, as part of ANZ Super Regional Volunteers program, an initiative delivered in partnership with AVI.

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    For 622 professional Australians 2011 became one of their life's biggest adventures, as they joined Australian Volunteers International (AVI) to live, work and learn alongside hundreds of developing communities around the globe.

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    AVI overseas partner organisation Tiny Toones is proud to announce itss 2012 Hip Hop Fundraising Tour will come to Melbourne's Chapel off Chapel from 10-14 January.

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    Immerse yourself in Vanuatu’s unique culture and become part of the community by being part of a six-month community development project with Youth Challenge Australia (YCA).

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    This Monday, the University of Melbourne's Asialink centre will host a public forum called China and Australia Overseas Aid: Different Approaches, Different Perceptions - and you're invited.

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    People are the fabric of Australian Volunteers International.

    People are also at the core of our development approach. We listen to communities and respond to their initiatives, and then identify the resources and knowledge needed to make their development goals a reality. It’s such an effective way for people to create a livelihood for themselves and their households.

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    After 60 years, and 9,000 program participants working in 88 countries with more than 2500 overseas organisations; Australian Volunteers International (AVI) can truly say Australia has made major contributions to positive social change through its international volunteering programs.

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    Ever wanted to lend your teaching adviser skills to a program for refugees?

    UNRWA (United Nations Refugee and Works Agency) is seeking a volunteer to work in its Beirut office in Lebanon.

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    With volunteers, regional partners and Australian Government representatives all in attendance, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) announced the opening of its Regional Middle East office in Jordan as part of International Volunteer Day and 60th anniversary celebrations in Amman on 4 December 2011. Partners and volunteers gathered at the Australian Ambassador’s residence to celebrate the next stage of AVI’s program in the region.

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    Over 30 Australian volunteers, Jordanian volunteers, AusAID and Australian Embassy representatives gathered near Rainbow Street in Amman, Jordan.

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    Do you have technical expertise in radio production and sound engineering? Seeking a change? AVI has a role available working with community radio in Swaziland that could sound perfect for you.

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    In 2010-11 AVI managed projects, volunteer assignments, initiatives and programs across 49 countries. The 2010-11 AVI Annual Report is now online - read how these activities have made a contribution around the globe.

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    AVI Cambodian partner organisation Tiny Toones is seeking support from Australian communities and organisations to help make its 2012 hip hop tour in Australia a reality.

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    Today, Reconciliation Australia's Co-Chair Dr Tom Calma launched Australian Volunteers International’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at AVI’s Annual General Meeting and formalised the 60-year-old Melbourne-based international volunteering organisation’s commitment to Australia’s Indigenous communities.

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    NSW returned volunteers, partner organisations and supporters gathered to celebrate 60 years of international volunteering at the Australian Museum in Sydney on 14 November.

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    Australian Volunteers International (AVI) Southern Africa program staff, volunteers and partner organisations recently gathered to celebrate 60 years of international volunteering in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday 26 October.  

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    The commitment of the Australian aid program to Pacific neighbours and developing communities is highlighted with the release of AusAID's 2010/11 Annual Report today. Key activities of the year include the launch of the Australian Volunteers for International Development program.

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    Over the past few years, nine volunteers have worked at the Sanglah Hospital in Bali ranging from Nurse Education to Infection Control to Facility Maintenance. AVI is currently advertising a new group of assignments at the hospital.

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    Australian Volunteers International (AVI), with its returned volunteers and partner network in Perth, celebrated 60 years of international volunteering at the Royal Perth Yacht club with federal members, the Hon Richard Marles and the Hon Julie Bishop on 24 October.

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    For the past 20 years, Australian Valerie Browning has worked with Ethiopia's Afar people through the Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA).

    In an interview on ABC 774's Conversation Hour with Sammy J, she talks about the challenges and issues facing this nomadic pastoralist community, the absolute privilege to live and work in this remote region of Ethiopia and the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES).

     

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    Polio – a disease which has disabled millions and pulled vulnerable individuals further into poverty – has been reduced by 99%. This October, you can help end it.

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    Since 1967, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) has managed 222 volunteer assignments in Fiji; improving the capacity of Fijians and Fijian institutions, and peacefully managing the complex social and economic challenges underlying the process of development.

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    Australian professionals have the opportunity to gain new and diversified skills whilst enriching their career through international volunteer assignments. From Saturday 8 October, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) will be advertising more than 100 volunteer assignments seeking skilled and qualified professionals from a range of sectors, to work alongside people in developing communities in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

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    Australian returned volunteer Tim Stats and his team, The Herb Feith All Stars, have recently completed the gruelling cycling event – The Tour de Timor.

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    As the year unfolds, AVI is running a range of events from May 2011 to June 2012 to celebrate 60 years of international volunteering.

  • A joint media release from a number of Australian NGOs in the aid and development sector has congratulated the recent appointment of the Australian Government's Global Ambassador for Women and Girls, Penny Williams.

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    AVI chose Kiribati to commence our international 60th celebrations as it is the first nation to greet the rising sun at the start of each new day.  

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    If you are passionate about improving the education of Indigenous children in Australia, Youth Challenge Australia (YCA) is seeking volunteers to tutor at the Jabiru Area School, inside the magnificent Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.

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    UNV (United Nations Volunteers) is currently recruiting for prospective electoral officers for the Timor-Leste elections in January 2012.

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    You've got mail! Read a postcard from AVI deployee Min Tanuvasa Lene, working as a health professional in Nauru's Ministry of Health.

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    Excitement is building for cyclist Tim Stats and his team The Herb Feith All Stars, as they prepare for a gruelling six-day cycling adventure around Timor-Leste, 11-16 September, 2011.

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    Read the transcript of Her Excellency Kirsty Sword Gusmao's speech at the Melbourne launch event for the new biography From Vienna to Yogyakarta: The Life of Herb Feith on Tuesday 2 August 2011 at Monash University, Melbourne.

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    Feel like laughing with some of Melbourne's best comedians while supporting young people in developing communities?

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    NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) celebrations are held around Australia in July each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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    In 1951 Herb Feith set sail from Port Melbourne to Jakarta, armed with little more than an unconventional, if not radical idea, to live, work and learn alongside the local community.

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    Over 25 staff members from Thailand’s National Office for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (NEP) reviewed issues of disability rights and empowerment at a recent workshop run by Australian volunteer Disability Program Officer, Kerry Wills.

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    This year marks the 60th anniversary of Australian Volunteers International (AVI) and a 29 year partnership with communities of Kiribati.

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    United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is seeking a UNV Program Officer for 2 years based in Suva, Fiji.

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    Volunteer opportunities with the Global Health Gateway

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    The Timor-Leste community of Lospalos will focus on sustainable development as part of the Participation is Power Forum to held on 11-13 July 2011 in Motalori, Lospalos, Timor-Leste.

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    Mindibungu Aboriginal Corporation (Mindi) is seeking a mechanic to work in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia.

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    16 June 2011 marks the occasion of Australia’s first official international volunteer, Herb Feith, setting sail from Port Melbourne to start his volunteer assignment in Indonesia.

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    To celebrate 60 years of international volunteering, AVI Board Member and wheelchair athlete Kurt Fearnley will compete in the City2Surf for the first time on Sunday 14 August - and you can join him.

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    The Herb Feith Foundation invites you to attend two special events this year in Caulfield (Melbourne) and Canberra to launch the new autobiography From Vienna to Yogyakarta: The Life of Herb Feith, by Jemma Purdey.

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    You are invited to the official launch of the Aboriginal documentary film, Children of the Rainbow Serpent, screening nationally around Australia from 16 June.

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    AVI volunteer Dr Nicole Wong Doo talks maternal and child health as part of the World Bank's Praxis Discussion series.

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    Australian Volunteers International has been announced as a core partner of the new overseas volunteering program which provides more opportunities for Australians to participate in international volunteering, in line with Australia’s aid program.

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    Findings from Australian Pensioners Insurance Association (APIA) shows that retirement ain't what it use to be. They have found that volunteering is an increasingly popular option with the 50+ age group.

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    AVI volunteer Romi Grossberg talks at a TEDx event and with radio presenter Liam Cochrane on Radio Australia's Connect Asia about Cambodian organisation Tiny Toones.