Who we are
Australian Volunteers International is a significant contributor
to a peaceful, just and sustainable world; a world of respectful
global relationships where all people have access to the resources
they need, the opportunity to achieve their potential, the right to
make decisions about the kind of development they want and to
participate in the future of their communities.
Australian Volunteers International is guided by principles of
equity and social justice, integrity, diversity and inclusion,
partnership and respect for human rights.
Australian Volunteers International works in an increasingly
globalised world characterised by:
- Global poverty - both its ongoing reality and an increased
awareness through global initiatives such as the Millennium Development
Goals and the Global Poverty
- Ongoing threats to the viability of communities and nations
because of climate change, global financial and political
instability, conflict, global pandemics, and the
inter-connectedness of these threats.
- Competition as well as collaboration in international
development and an increasing emphasis on transparency, mutual
accountability, ways of measuring effectiveness and community
- Broadening opportunities and challenges for international
volunteering through organisation to organisation linkages,
international exchanges, leadership programs and reciprocal
Australian Volunteers International connects people and
organisations internationally to learn from each other and achieve
shared goals within our strategic priorities. Our work in
people-centred development, particularly through volunteering, is
central to this. We work with individuals, organisations and
communities in response to locally identified priorities.