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.
The decision to become an international volunteer is usually a pretty significant one, especially if you are a parent to young children. However for Canberra resident Mira Muliajati Lay, the decision to travel to Indonesia for 18 months on an Australian Government funded, Australia volunteer for International Development (AVID) program -was easy.
Your generous donations have fully funded 10 young Indigenous Australians to travel to Vanuatu in January 2016 for seven weeks, to work on alongside Indigenous Ni-Vanuatu youth, on community development projects.
With the support of the Australian Volunteer for International Development program, Australian volunteer Mike Kermode took his radio production skills to Honiara to work with the Solomon Island Broadcasting Corporation. Mike is mentoring his colleagues in creating informative and interesting radio programs on health issues, corruption, domestic violence, unemployment and adolescent issues, and promoting them far and wide across the islands.
Saturday 5 December is International Volunteer Day – a day to celebrate and acknowledge volunteering organisations and individual volunteers and their contributions to development on a local, national and international level.
Last month 26 people, from 17 organisations, across eight countries, came together to celebrate the achievements of the PACE International program. Workshopping the successes, challenges and impacts of the program, host organisations shared great insights into the power and potential of youth participation.
13 inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people joined us in Melbourne for the exciting launch of our Youth-to-Youth mentoring program. Big and little discussions were had about the value of volunteering for Indigenous Australians, skin colour, locational disadvantage, nerves about the trip (and the loos!) and everyone’s dreams for the future.
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.
AVI CEO Paul Bird talks about the importance of volunteering in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and asks you to take up the Tokyo Call to Action.
Two weeks ago at the request of the Beijing Volunteer Service Federation and UN Volunteers, AVI joined FK Norway, at the inaugural International Volunteer Service Exchange conference in Beijing, to present and work with representatives from Nigeria, Gabon, Ghana, Turkey, Thailand, Indonesia, Lebanon, Morocco, Argentina and Brazil to strengthen or plan their national and international volunteering programs.
AVI has a focus on supporting ‘south-south’ volunteering, especially building capacity in national volunteering agencies to enable and empower skilled people within a developing country to be involved in the shaping and development of their own communities. A volunteer assignment to help design and implement a national volunteering service in Ghana will be posted shortly.
Hear from one of AVI’s inspiring partner organisations - Indonesia’s National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) - about the incredible work they are doing with Australian volunteers to reduce domestic violence and empower women. You will hear from the commission's chairwoman Yuniyanti Chuzaifah on the work they have done.
You will also get the chance to meet AVI’s new CEO, Paul Bird, who will share the organisation’s new strategic direction and the importance of volunteering for achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals.
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly recently convened at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York (Sept 25 –27) to formally accept the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This monumental step for global development is being hailed by UN Secretary General, Ban-Ki Moon, as “a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world”.
Returned Volunteer Peter Devereux has an exciting opportunity for potential research students with Curtin University in Perth.
As a member of the group AVI recently assisted international volunteering agencies VSO and FK Norway, host the ‘Volunteerism – A Pre-requisite for Sustainable Development’ side event, at the third Finance for Development Conference in Addis Ababa
Skilled volunteers from Australian corporations are sharing their experience and knowledge across the Pacific by partnering with local businesses and in return are learning from working in the new situations.
The Classic Wallabies' Exchange Program has farewelled 11 Indigenous Australians, who are off to South Africa to volunteer in rural communities for six weeks.
From 27 May — 3 June, AVI is supporting National Reconciliation Week.
These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
Where to send your support to assist with the emergency recovery and relief efforts after the Nepal earthquake.
Happy New Year to our friends and colleagues in South and Southeast Asia! Also known as the Water Festival, people line the streets to soak passers by with water-pistols, hoses and buckets, symbolically washing away negativity of the year that passed. Countries celebrating include Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.
Chair of the Board of Australian Volunteers International Kathy Townsend yesterday announced the appointment of Paul Bird as the new Chief Executive Officer. Paul was chosen from a highly competitive field of more than 200 candidates sourced locally and internationally.
Human rights issues will hit the big screen with the inaugural Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. AVI is once again sponsoring the International Shorts screening in Melbourne.
World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April each year as a global health awareness day, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization. The day gives us an opportunity to focus on key public health issues that affect the international community. To celebrate World Health Day, we’re highlighting Stories from the Field of volunteers working in the health sector. AVI is proud to support volunteers in positions related to mental health, speech pathology, midwifery, emergency medical care, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and more.
Over the summer of 2014 – 2015, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) facilitated a series of overseas youth volunteering placement. These placements were delivered as an integrated part of students’ university degrees for AVI’s university partners.
In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 6 April as the International Day of Sports and Physical Activity, to celebrate the contribution of sports and physical activity to education, human development, healthy lifestyles and a peaceful world. The 2nd International Day of Sport for Development and Peace will be celebrated on 6 April 2015. We highlight some of our sports related volunteer stories.
Read about the sector-wide emergency relief response to Tropical Cyclone Pam, and where you can direct your assistance.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we highlight volunteer stories related to women’s empowerment.
It’s an exciting time for AVI’s PNG program as we refine our geographical focus to East New Britain, New Ireland, Madang and Bougainville to enable more strategic and enduring partnerships with NGOs and local governments.
Australian volunteer Nina Boydell recently spoke with us about being a volunteer in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. What she shared about her life compared to Australia will surprise you.
Just like many of you, Neha Buch wants to change the world
How do you introduce someone who everyone in the world already knows? That’s the question Neha Buch asked herself ahead of welcoming President Barack Obama on stage on Tuesday morning for his final address on his three-day visit to India.
Join us for a free panel discussion as part of Link Festival, on the diversity of pathways taken to work in the aid and development sector.
After 12 and half exhilarating and wonderful years as CEO, AVI is saying farewell to Dimity Fifer. The AVI team thank you for your leadership and passionate commitment to the people’s movement of international volunteering. Read Dimity’s heartfelt farewell message to you all.
For the past 50 years Australian Volunteers International (AVI) has had the privilege of working in partnership with the people of Papua New Guinea, particularly through contribution of Australian volunteers
On International Volunteer Day, Australian Volunteers International would like to acknowledge the participation and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to international volunteering.
On 12 November 2014, a dynamic panel discussion involving Justice The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Paralympian Kurt Fearnley and Social Innovation Strategist Rosemary Addis, took place at the Victorian State Library, where panel members examined Australia’s role in international relations.
Our Recruitment Team shares their advice to help you submit your best application.
The delivery of clinical training to health extension officer (HEO) students in Papua New Guinea’s Divine Word University have been given a boost with access to skilled clinical lecturers through Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID), an Australian Government initiative.
Experienced technicians (pictured) are working hard to chase away any existing issues.
Australian volunteer and Adviser Inclusive Education - Children with Disabilities Tricia Sansom, is working with Mekong Plus in Vietnam. Here she explains The Home Learning Box program, which was introduced in 2012.
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.
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.
Australian volunteer and Communication, Awareness and Fundraising Adviser Louisa McKerrow worked at the Natural Resources Development Foundation (NRdf) in Gizo, Solomon Islands.
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.
Want to hear some of 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 discuss Australia’s role in international relations?
Maria de Jesus share her experiences living and working in Timor!
We need IT, web design and data management people for international volunteer assignments.
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.
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.
Our partner organisation Media Association blong Vanuatu (MAV) uphold the rights, freedom and welfare of Vanuatu citizens through and with the media by providing the public with a venue for discussion of issues affecting their lives. Friends of AVI spoke with MAV President, Mrs Evelyne Toa to get a ‘behind the scenes’ look into the work being done.
Ian Jones is the Executive Director of the Agile Development Group, a development consultancy that utilises design thinking and enterprising mindsets in its approach to international development. Previously he worked at RMIT’s Social Enterprise Group, developing social enterprises, and was a co-founder of the Melbourne Development Circle. Friends of AVI spoke with Ian about his work in the sector.
AVI staff member Jane MacDonald spoke with returned volunteer Lyma Ngyuen about her work as an International Criminal Law Advisor to Legal Aid of Cambodia in 2010, and how she continues to fight for human rights back here in Australia.
What do gumboots; taking a break, and laughing at yourself have in common?
With the democratisation of Burma and the nation recently opening its doors, Australian volunteers like Chris Chaffe have jumped at the chance to support the country’s political transition and strengthen the capacity of local communities. Chris shares his experiences working as English Foreign Language Curriculum and Teacher Trainer at the Yezin Agricultural University.
For the past 18 months Australian volunteer Sean Court has lived in the Solomon Islands and worked as a Protected Area Ranger for the Kolombangara Island Biodiversity Conservation Association (KIBCA). Here he explains the importance of sustainable conservation management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emergency medicine is a very new concept in Myanmar. As part of a strategic plan by the Myanmar Ministry of Health to improve emergency medical services in the region, two Australian paramedics, Nigel Klein and Jarad Wilkinson, have travelled to Yangon to volunteer.
Kate Loveday, an Occupational Therapist, had never worked in private practice until she found herself doing so as an Australian volunteer in the Warm Heart of Africa with a paediatric organisation called Sandi Rehabilitation, Assessment and Therapy Service.
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.
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.
Sandra Halliwell is an Australian volunteer working in Cambodia with the Phnom Penh Municipal Referral Hospital (PPMRH). Sandra has experienced many challenges during her stay but she can see how everyone’s hard work is creating positive outcomes for maternal and child health in Cambodia.
Australian volunteer and Veterinarian Michele Cotton, has always been drawn to the desert. When a veterinary adviser position became available in the Aqaba Special Economic Zone in Southern Jordan, Michele’s decision to volunteer was an easy one.
Let your ideas and professional thinking expand at one of three conferences AVI will be participating in the month of July.
Eight University of Melbourne students have followed in the footsteps of Herb Feith, AVI’s and Australia’s first international volunteer. Herb travelled to Yogyakarta in 1951 to take part in a unique people-centred development experience. Sixty years on, volunteering overseas is still definitely in vogue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We asked Australian volunteers to share how their organisations are addressing human rights issues in Myanmar and Indonesia.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HR practitioners are in demand to help strengthen the technical skills of people and organisations delivering vital services in developing communities overseas.
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.
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.
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.
Following in the footsteps of Australia’s first international volunteer and University of Melbourne graduate, Herb Feith - who lived and worked in Indonesia over 60 years ago - eight Melbourne University Faculty of Arts’ students recently took part in an exciting new pilot project in community development in Jogyakarta.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australian volunteer and Agricultural Specialist, Pyrou Chung, explains how her work with the Maasai Women’s Development Organisation is improving sustainable livelihoods for Maasai women in Tanzania.
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.
Are you a fundraiser or communicator looking for a unique opportunity to break away from the ordinary, and do something extraordinary in 2014?
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.
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.
An openness to change sees for swift learning and development at a Myanmar education institution. Excitement amongst the teachers and faculty grows as capacity is enhanced.
Read about the dynamic process of educational development in an update from Australian Volunteer Andrea Flew, working with the Monastic Education Development Group.
The desire to help others, combined with a valuable set of skills and experience, is a powerful combination when it comes to volunteering in developing communities.
The actions of international development volunteers, and the relationships they build, live on long after the volunteers return home.
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.
Many Australian volunteers venture into the world each year with the humble aspiration to give something back, sharing invaluable skills to improve the lives of others.
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.
Meet Nat Kitingan, an Australian Volunteer contributing to efforts to protect women's rights in Indonesia. Nat worked with the National Commission on Violence Against Women.
Read Nat’s interview where he speaks with AVI's Communications Coordinator alongside Andy Yentriyani, the Commissioner of the National Commission.
White Ribbon Day celebrates the world's largest male-led movement to end men's violence against women.
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.
Australia volunteer and Environmental Lawyer,Loren Atkins, shares her experiences living and working in Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
On Thursday 3 October two AVID volunteers on assignment with AVI in Jordan hosted a morning tea with their colleagues to celebrate the linkages between Palestinian and Australian Indigenous heritage.
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.
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.
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.
Australian Volunteer Community Social Worker Megan Mahon talks about the highlights and the challenges of working with Palestinian communities at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Jordan.
For Stan Foster, a love of football and adventure led him to quit his engineering surveyor job of 23 years and take on an international volunteer assignment, in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) earlier this year.
Are you interested in engaging Indigenous youth in a meaningful way?
Looking to enhance your own skills and experience?
Australian volunteer Stephanie Fitzpatrick writes about how organisations such as Australian Volunteers International in partnership with programs like Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) an Australian Government initiative, is helping the School of St Jude’s in Tanzania to fight poverty through education.
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.
Australian Volunteer Peter Irvin worked as an Organisational Sustainability and Fundraising Coordinator with Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT).
Research and Advocacy Advisor Samantha Hutt is working at Insan Association in Beirut, Lebanon.
Samantha's role is to increase the capacity of the organisation to advocate for the rights of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.
After eleven years working with Macquarie Bank in Mortgage Operations, Corporate Services and Project Management, Sydney resident Debbie Johnsen took her skills to the Solomon Islands as a volunteer to support work in the marine and conservation space.
Mental health is understood in a completely different way in Fiji than in Australia, writes AVID volunteer Tara Dias, Social Support and Activities Development Adviser with the Psychiatric Survivors Association of Fiji (PSA).
As AVID volunteer Mark Morris writes, a meeting with a rural Cambodian family with three deaf children brought both people and organisations together to strengthen disability work across Thailand and Cambodia.
By Mark Morris with input from Selwyn Hoffman
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.
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.
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).
Mental health survivors are among the most socially excluded groups in Fiji, with many individuals revealing the social impacts of mental illness - stigma, discrimination and social exclusion – as being worse than any medical symptoms of their condition.
In 2011 AVI volunteer Dy Bailey returned to Australia after working on a two year volunteer assignment with the Tungaru Rehabilitation Services (TRS) for the Ministry of Health in South Tarawa, Kiribati.
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.
What happens when an Australian Volunteer Recording Engineer and a Health Program Adviser come to work together in Swaziland? They work with Swazi communities to boost the pride and identity of rural Swazi women through song.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australian Volunteer Peter Sibly remembers the late Guido dos Santos. Guido was the last known surviving witness of the murder of the five foreign journalists in Balibo, Timor-Leste in 1975.
Since 1996 AVI has worked in partnership with the Australian Government to respond to the human resource needs of the Government of Vanuatu. Through the Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism (PACTAM), AVI has recruited, supported and managed over 55 long-term technical assistants to support the nation's work to strengthen infrastructure, governance, health and financial systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year returned volunteers Greg and Gail Harper reconnected with many of their former colleagues, met through a volunteer assignment in the 1970s, from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan in Kadat, Sabah, Malaysia. It was re-connection of extraordinary and emotional dimensions.
On 5 December AVI celebrates International Volunteer Day and the fantastic contribution our Australian Volunteers have made to developing communities the world over.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australian Volunteers International (AVI) has come together with Austraining International (AI) to open a new office in Tarawa, Kiribati.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
United Nations Volunteers is showcasing the importance of volunteers on sustainable development through a new multimedia campaign.
AVI returned volunteer Tim Webster has been clowning around since returning from his assignment in India in 2008.
AVI currently has exciting new overseas assignments available for professionals with skills in community development and social work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteering opportunities for Australian trade professionals and vocational education trainers in the North Pacific are increasing in demand, according to Australian Volunteers International (AVI).
Australian Volunteers International’s (AVI) 60th celebrations rolled into Adelaide’s Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute on Tuesday 20 March.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over 30 Australian volunteers, Jordanian volunteers, AusAID and Australian Embassy representatives gathered near Rainbow Street in Amman, Jordan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NSW returned volunteers, partner organisations and supporters gathered to celebrate 60 years of international volunteering at the Australian Museum in Sydney on 14 November.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Australian returned volunteer Tim Stats and his team, The Herb Feith All Stars, have recently completed the gruelling cycling event – The Tour de Timor.
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.
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.
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.
UNV (United Nations Volunteers) is currently recruiting for prospective electoral officers for the Timor-Leste elections in January 2012.
You've got mail! Read a postcard from AVI deployee Min Tanuvasa Lene, working as a health professional in Nauru's Ministry of Health.
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.
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.
Feel like laughing with some of Melbourne's best comedians while supporting young people in developing communities?
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.
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.
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.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Australian Volunteers International (AVI) and a 29 year partnership with communities of Kiribati.
United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is seeking a UNV Program Officer for 2 years based in Suva, Fiji.
Volunteer opportunities with the Global Health Gateway
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.
Mindibungu Aboriginal Corporation (Mindi) is seeking a mechanic to work in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia.
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.
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.
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.
You are invited to the official launch of the Aboriginal documentary film, Children of the Rainbow Serpent, screening nationally around Australia from 16 June.
AVI volunteer Dr Nicole Wong Doo talks maternal and child health as part of the World Bank's Praxis Discussion series.
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.
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.
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.
International Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6-12 each year. Wednesday 12 May however, is very special as it's International Nurses Day.
From 16-20 May this year, thousands of Australians will take the Live Below the Line challenge - feeding themselves with just $2 a day.
Ever wondered what AVI's recruitment team is looking for in your application when you address selection criteria?
AVI recruiter Max Campos explains what we look for when we're reading through your application.
Expressions of interest are sought for a General Manager for Mindibungu Aboriginal Corporation, in North-west Australia.
AVI volunteer Alison Birchall is working as a Social Work Capacity Building Advisor with Homeland (Meahto Phum Ko' Äômah, also known as MPK) in Battambang Province, Cambodia.
On March 8, 2011, during the 100th year of International Women's Day, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) celebrates Australian women who have volunteered to improve the lives of women worldwide and ensure gender equality in development.
Wednesday 2 February saw AVI host the first Women in Development network function for 2011, following on from its successful events in 2010.
Minister for Social Inclusion Tanya Plibersek today released a new report which finds volunteers have a growing preference for online volunteering and more young people want to get involved.
AVI volunteers working at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Jordan put on a lively Australia Day morning tea for around 100 curious local staff in the Jordan Field Office on 26 January 2011.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV) 2001.
The name Thomas Maniwave, Education Officer of Motupore Island Research Centre (MIRC), is synonymous with mangrove restoration in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and at AVI.
He is fondly remembered as a strong supporter of education initiatives, including the Macquarie University Urban Planning project to PNG in September 2009.
The demand for ESL teachers within the Australian Government Volunteer Program at AVI has never been higher, writes recruiter Ian McDonald.
Are you passionate about improving the education of Indigenous children in Australia? Youth Challenge Australia is looking for volunteers to tutor at Warruwi School on beautiful Goulburn Island.
Sunday 5 December 2010 is International Volunteer Day (IVD), set aside by the United Nations to celebrate the work of volunteers across the globe. In 2009/10, 628 skilled Australians with their partners and families participated in Australian Volunteers International (AVI) programs to work with 313 overseas partner organisations in 49 countries.
AVI Worldwide recently had a tremendous opportunity to provide cross cultural training for UGL Limited, an Australian infrastructure, rail and resources company.
The Mandala Foundation has organised a one-day conference titled 'Volunteers in Aid', which is designed to introduce prospective volunteers to the international world of volunteering.
AVI has released its 2009/10 Annual Report, which gives a great picture of AVI's activities and performance over the past twelve months.
The annual conference of the International Volunteer Cooperation Organisations (IVCO) 2010 was held during October in Singapore.
On Thursday 30 September, AVI hosted a quarterly Women in Development dinner at our offices in Fitzroy.
Wednesday 13 October saw around 20 AVI staff from its Melbourne office celebrate sustainable commuting by taking part in Ride To Work Day 2010.
In 2011, Australian Volunteers International will celebrate an important anniversary.
In preparation for this important celebration, we've been going back through our organisation's history and pulling out some facts from the vault.
Are you ready to take the quiz? Let's go!
As an adjunct to the eighth World Congress of the Action Learning Action Research Association (ALARA), AVI recently hosted a Masterclass in Participatory Development for students of international and community development.
On 22 September, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd spoke at the UN Millennium Development Goals Review Summit in New York, echoing the sentiments of over 70 of Australia's leading aid agencies, who are warning that the world is in danger of failing to meet its commitments by 2015.
As world leaders prepare to gather in New York for the Millennium Development Goals Review Summit on September 20, Australia's leading aid agencies are warning that the world is in danger of failing to meet its commitments by 2015.
Victoria's Volunteering Portal is an online community and information resource for Victorian volunteers and volunteering organisations.
Have you returned from an overseas assignment but yearn to stay in touch with the institution and people you've left? Have you come back to a public sector position and can see obvious ways in which your current employer could benefit from linking to the institution you have left behind?
The Pacific Public Sector Linkages Program (PSLP) may be the answer.
...and it's coming to you, writes former AVI / VSO volunteer d'Arcy Lunn.
Find out about this Masterclass for students of community and international development, to be held in Melbourne on Saturday 4 September 2010.
The Australian volunteer program is being remodelled - a joint effort between AusAID and its international volunteering providers, including AVI - encouraging consistency and collaboration between AusAID and the different providers.
Better aid. More aid. Just aid
ACFID releases its Call to the Parties - 2010 Federal Election
ANZ and Australian Volunteers International (AVI) today announced a new partnership as part of ANZ's staff volunteer program in the Asia Pacific region.
A Socceroo meets Community Art Counsellors at a Johannesburg project for orphaned and vulnerable children.
Victorian, Jean Thomas has received the highly acclaimed Future for Nature award.
AVI staff and supporters would like to congratulate Australian wheelchair athlete and AVI Board member Kurt Fearnley for the momentus achievement of completing a 12-day trek of the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea earlier this week.
Today, a team of eight Australian Indigenous women leaders commenced their first community visit as part of a10-day tour to Papua New Guinea through the Indigenous Women's Leadership Tour.
Australian Volunteers International (AVI) invites community, regional, rural media around Australia to be a part of its United Nations' International Volunteer Day (5 December) celebrations.
AVI returned volunteer Trish Vogel's is a recipient of the 2009 Emergency Services Medal for her outstanding work at the SA Ambulance Service.
Australian Volunteers International's Information Session is coming to Bunbury to give the community a chance to hear the stories of local returned volunteers that have volunteered overseas.
Australian Volunteers International CEO, Dimity Fifer, today announced that following a recent review, it was decided that AVI will look at new ways of working with young people on youth development initiatives.
The Village of Lumi will receive a huge telecommunications boost, when the regions first internet connection is unveiled on World Environment Day.
A new Melbourne exhibition will present a powerful record of the experiences of refugee communities that were victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa last year. The Safe Spaces at Safe Shelters exhibition was first held in South Africa at the Old Fort, Constitution Hill. Through the coordination of Australian Volunteers International (AVI), the Art Therapy Centre (South Africa) and AVI volunteer Michelle Atlas, the exhibition is travelling to Melbourne and will run from 15 April to 1 May 2009 at the Red Gallery at 157 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy.
Paralympian, NSW Young Australian of the Year and Australian Volunteers International (AVI) board member Kurt Fearnley has taken time out from his wheelchair racing schedule to visit refugees and AVI volunteers in Syria's largest refugee camp.
Midwives, primary teachers, fundraisers and HIV/AIDS specialists are first to be mobilised by AVI in 2009 to contribute to programs in East Africa and Asia, as part of a joint project between AVI and the UK's Voluntary Services Organisation.
Goroka General Hospital has taken a giant step forward into the e-health revolution by being the first hospital in the country to set up a website, with expertise from AVI volunteer Robert Schilt. Read the article from The National newspaper.
ABC Hobart recently ran a story about AVI volunteer Sally Davis who spent six months with Raun Raun Theatre in Goroka, Papua New Guinea, which runs community education programs through dance and drama.
Education professionals from Australian cities, regional centres and country towns are making a lasting impact on education systems around the globe through their work as volunteer teacher trainers or curriculum developers.
The AVI-VSO partnership is now recruiting Australians to train staff and students in the management of anti-retroviral therapy programs and HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis testing protocols for clinical diagnosis services in Tanzania.
Australian Volunteers International will celebrate National Volunteer Week (12 - 18 May), by providing Australians with up to 80 international volunteer opportunities to choose from as part of its May recruitment drive.
Macquarie University students and staff will have the opportunity to participate in a unique global volunteer program, following the recent announcement of an innovative partnership between the University and AVI.
JLT & ACE Insurance in Melbourne have combined to provide an annual sponsorship package for an initiative by Australian Volunteers International (AVI) in the Philippines.
AVI's next volunteer recruitment drive kicks off during National Volunteer Week and AVI will make sure all Australians know how they can get involved in the overseas volunteer program by visiting Coffs Harbour, Ballarat and Bendigo.
AVI is currently undertaking research on behalf of AusAID to explore the experiences of Indigenous Australians in international volunteering. Recommendations will be presented to ensure the Volunteer Program is more inclusive of Indigenous Australians.
Australia's volunteering spirit is alive and well, but for organisations like Australian Volunteers International it is the post-Christmas and New Year period that generates the most interest in its overseas volunteer placements.
Timor-Leste has launched an important initiative for the protection of Timor-Leste's globally significant natural and cultural heritage, with the support of AVI volunteer adviser Cathy Molnar.
A festival for street children from around Manila will take place on January 26 2008 to promote the acceptance of street children as equal and valuable members of the Filipino community. AVI's Youth Program volunteers are involved.
Marg Ward, AVI volunteer technical adviser for Baoji XinXing Aid for Street Kids Organization (ASK) has been honoured as one of the top 10 senior volunteer workers in Baoji Shaanxi province, China.
Rights. Camera. Action! Human rights issues will hit the big screen with the inaugural Human Rights Arts and Film Festival taking place in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth in December 2007. AVI is a key sponsor of the festival.
Australians with expertise in mental health are working with health sectors in developing countries around the globe with Australian Volunteers International to assist in the implementation and delivery of mental health services.