On the 15th and 16t of June AVID Volunteers from the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia came together to share their successes, challenges and insights during a two day In Country Meeting in Kosrae. The Ambassador to Federated States of Micronesia, Mr George Fraser generously shared his time and provided an invaluable update on DFAT’s priorities and programs in the North Pacific.
Australian volunteer Rachel Fletcher is passionate about conservation. She is about to return to Sumatra for her second volunteer assignment with the Sumatra Rainforest Institute (SRI). Here she shares some facts about conservation in the region.
This past week Australian volunteers in Indonesia gathered for the annual AVID Forum; an important avenue for volunteers, host organisations and DFAT to discuss, learn and talk about the impact of long term international development.
Recruitment consultant Dr Ian McDonald writes about why volunteering overseas might be something you should consider doing. Having the right motivations is important – as is understanding and committing to your own motivations. That is so when the going gets tough, you can reflect on why you chose to do this in the first place and draw upon your reserves of resilience and commitment to see you through.
Bjorn and Shanti have helped build and launch a brand new Visit Nias Island website which aims to promote Nias Island’s beautiful and wonderful tourist opportunities. It is the first tourism website that covers the whole island and we are excited to share Bjorn’s, Shanti’s and their local partners work.
What happens when a university psychology study goes horribly wrong?
This is the angle The Stanford Prison Experiment - a feature length film by up and coming young American director, Kyle Patrick Alvarez – explores. It shows the darkest depths of human psychology and what we are capable of becoming in the “right” environment.
In a stunning look through the lens of photographer Harjono Djoyobisono, we have a look at some of the faces and images of Yogyakarta.
National Volunteer Week (May 9 – 15) celebrates volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, highlighting the role of volunteers in our community and thanking the more than 6 million Australians who volunteer. This year’s theme, "Give Happy, Live Happy", celebrates and explores the research that shows volunteers live happier and healthier lives.
We are once again proud community partners to this year's Human Rights and Arts Film Festival and are lucky to have some great tickets for our supports. Click below to enter to win double passes to a screening in your city.
Are you looking for a career change, want to take a unique working holiday, or gain some hands-on development experience?
Our friends at Agile Development Group will be running a Design in Development bootcamp in Cambodia from July 2-16.
The Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), presented Australian volunteer Mary Waterford with her Member of the Order Australia insignia during his recent State Visit to Timor-Leste.
Occupational therapy is just one of the many fantastic assignments you can apply for when volunteering. Throughout the Asia Pacific region, there are many host organisations looking for qualified occupational therapists to work with and build capacity with local workers and communities.
But did you know these 5 interesting aspects about occupational therapy?
AVI is currently working with School for Life to recruit an Accountant to help develop better financial processes and controls for the organisation in Uganda.
Our thoughts are with everyone in Fiji as the full extent of damage from Tropical Cyclone Winston is assessed. The Category 5 storm has had a significant humanitarian impact
For two weeks in December, 2015, I had the opportunity to spend time working in Papua New Guinea at the AVI office located in Kokopo, East New Britain. The experience was professionally valuable for my role as a recruitment consultant, and personally enriching as it offered a unique insight to the natural beauty of PNG.
Join us in congratulating AVI board member Jenny McGregor and current Australian volunteer Mary Waterford on their Australia Day honours!
Living on Island with an active volcano might be not be your idea of fun, but for Australian volunteer Maree Schleibs who currently lives in Kokopo in Papua New Guinea, it is all part of the adventure.
Australian Volunteers International invites you to join us and countless other development organisations, businesses and individuals in supporting the Campaign for Australian Aid.
You can participate by signing up for the campaign or take part in upcoming events. You can also visit the official campaign website to find ways in which you can help support the campaign.