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Celebrating 50 years in Papua New Guinea

Celebrating 50 years in Papua New Guinea

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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

AVI celebrates Indigenous contribution to volunteering

AVI celebrates Indigenous contribution to volunteering

Thursday, December 04, 2014

On International Volunteer Day, Australian Volunteers International would like to acknowledge the participation and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to international volunteering.



FAVI Panel Discussion Let’s Talk: Australia’s role in international relations

FAVI Panel Discussion Let’s Talk: Australia’s role in international relations

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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.

Six tips for submitting an application

Six tips for submitting an application

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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

Rural health training enhanced by visiting lecturers

Monday, November 03, 2014

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.

Our website is currently going through a little upgrade

Our website is currently going through a little upgrade

Monday, November 03, 2014

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



Home Learning Boxes

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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.

A conversation with Kevin Coombs - part 2

A conversation with Kevin Coombs - part 2

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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.



New partnership committed to youth and Indigenous volunteering

New partnership committed to youth and Indigenous volunteering

Monday, October 20, 2014

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.



A conversation with Kevin Coombs

A conversation with Kevin Coombs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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.



Environmental Challenges and Solutions in the Solomon Islands

Monday, October 13, 2014

Australian volunteer and Communication, Awareness and Fundraising Adviser Louisa McKerrow worked at the Natural Resources Development Foundation (NRdf) in Gizo, Solomon Islands.

500 Ways 500 Days

500 Ways 500 Days

Monday, October 06, 2014

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



A global mindset

A global mindset

Monday, October 06, 2014

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.



Building a Better Future in Tanzania

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

After travelling through Africa in the mid-80s’ as a backpacker, Queensland resident Grant Sim developed a strong connection with the region. Thirty years on, Grant has returned to Moshi, Tanzania, as an Australian volunteer Woodworking and Carpentry Technician to improve the livelihoods of students at the Forest Industries Training Institute. This is Grant’s story.

We invite you to an exclusive Friends of AVI event!

We invite you to an exclusive Friends of AVI event!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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?



5 minutes with Nurse Mentor, Maria de Jesus, in Timor-Leste

5 minutes with Nurse Mentor, Maria de Jesus, in Timor-Leste

Friday, September 12, 2014

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



Stop staring at boring screens

Stop staring at boring screens

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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





From Melbourne to the Marshall Islands, a volunteers journey

From Melbourne to the Marshall Islands, a volunteers journey

Thursday, September 04, 2014

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.



We need you to volunteer overseas

We need you to volunteer overseas

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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.  



Media Association blong Vanuatu (MAV) - upholding human rights

Media Association blong Vanuatu (MAV) - upholding human rights

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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.

Five minutes with international development professional Ian Jones

Five minutes with international development professional Ian Jones

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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.

Fighting for human rights

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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.

Returned volunteers share their best advice

Returned volunteers share their best advice

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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



Engaging With the Outside World

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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.

Keeping Children Safe Conference

Keeping Children Safe Conference

Friday, August 15, 2014

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.



Conservation in the Solomon Islands

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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.

CWE volunteers share their South African story

CWE volunteers share their South African story

Monday, August 11, 2014

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.



Invest in your career

Invest in your career

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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.



On The Road Less Travelled

On The Road Less Travelled

Friday, August 01, 2014

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.



AVI behind the scenes

AVI behind the scenes

Friday, August 01, 2014

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.



Overcoming the obstacles to basic healthcare access

Overcoming the obstacles to basic healthcare access

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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.



Responding to Burma's emergency health needs

Responding to Burma's emergency health needs

Monday, July 28, 2014

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.

Empowerment through business in Malawi

Empowerment through business in Malawi

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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 Week

NAIDOC Week

Thursday, July 03, 2014

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.



Supported Playgroup at Labasa Special School

Supported Playgroup at Labasa Special School

Thursday, July 03, 2014

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.



Working as a Midwifery Preceptor Coach

Working as a Midwifery Preceptor Coach

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

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.

Conservation and Sustainability in Jordan

Conservation and Sustainability in Jordan

Monday, June 30, 2014

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.

Transport your mind

Transport your mind

Monday, June 30, 2014

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



Volunteering for change

Monday, June 23, 2014

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.

South Africa welcomes Indigenous Australian Volunteers

South Africa welcomes Indigenous Australian Volunteers

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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.



C20 Summit

C20 Summit

Tuesday, June 10, 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.



Melbourne Development Unconference

Melbourne Development Unconference

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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.



Thinking about a sea change? Volunteer in the Pacific

Thinking about a sea change? Volunteer in the Pacific

Friday, June 06, 2014

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.



Jeffrey Sachs - Australia in the Age of Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs - Australia in the Age of Sustainable Development

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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.



AVI's mini human rights film festival

AVI's mini human rights film festival

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

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



Providing a safe haven for those affected by the Solomon Island floods

Providing a safe haven for those affected by the Solomon Island floods

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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.



Motherhood Matters exhibition

Motherhood Matters exhibition

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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.



Micronesian preschoolers learn the value of healthy local foods

Micronesian preschoolers learn the value of healthy local foods

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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.



Reflections of Vanuatu by Gordon Bamblett

Reflections of Vanuatu by Gordon Bamblett

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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).

 





Talking with Tony McCartney

Talking with Tony McCartney

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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.



A journey to Vanuatu

A journey to Vanuatu

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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).

 

 

Improving nutrition in the Pacific

Improving nutrition in the Pacific

Monday, April 07, 2014

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.



Inspiring change through women’s empowerment

Inspiring change through women’s empowerment

Friday, April 04, 2014

According to UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, 70 percent of the global poor are women. They perform two thirds of the world's work and earn less than 10 percent of the world's wages.

Bangladeshi Women Speak Out

Bangladeshi Women Speak Out

Monday, March 31, 2014

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.



Human rights up in lights

Human rights up in lights

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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: an interview with Aboriginal Elder Jackie Huggins

Listen: an interview with Aboriginal Elder Jackie Huggins

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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.



Australia-Africa partnership delivers life-saving results

Australia-Africa partnership delivers life-saving results

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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.



Live Below the Line

Live Below the Line

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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.



Short-term volunteer assignments

Short-term volunteer assignments

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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 professionals needed to volunteer overseas

HR professionals needed to volunteer overseas

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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



Latest Business and Marketing Jobs

Latest Business and Marketing Jobs

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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.

 



Latest Organisational Development Jobs

Latest Organisational Development Jobs

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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.

Latest EFL Jobs

Latest EFL Jobs

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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.



Inspiring change on International Women's Day

Inspiring change on International Women's Day

Friday, March 07, 2014

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.

 



Community-led change in Indonesia

Community-led change in Indonesia

Friday, February 28, 2014

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.   

Women in Development

Women in Development

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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.



Lecturer makes a difference in Malawi

Lecturer makes a difference in Malawi

Monday, February 24, 2014

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.

 



For the love of volunteering

For the love of volunteering

Friday, February 14, 2014

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.



New network shares the global experiences of Aboriginal communities

New network shares the global experiences of Aboriginal communities

Monday, February 10, 2014

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.



Summer festival time

Summer festival time

Sunday, February 09, 2014

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. 





Child Protection in Fiji

Child Protection in Fiji

Monday, February 03, 2014

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.  

 



Sustainable livelihoods in Tanzania

Friday, January 31, 2014

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.

Mobilising communities in the fight for safe motherhood

Mobilising communities in the fight for safe motherhood

Friday, January 24, 2014

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.



Break away from the everyday

Break away from the everyday

Monday, January 20, 2014

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



Malawi calling all lecturers

Malawi calling all lecturers

Friday, January 17, 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.    



Pacific Women project shaping Pacific gender equality

Pacific Women project shaping Pacific gender equality

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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 in Myanmar

Monday, December 09, 2013

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.

Education development in Myanmar

Monday, December 09, 2013

Read about the dynamic process of educational development in an update from Australian Volunteer Andrea Flew, working with the Monastic Education Development Group.

Volunteers are our biggest asset

Volunteers are our biggest asset

Thursday, December 05, 2013

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.

 

Supporting rural communities to thrive

Supporting rural communities to thrive

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The actions of international development volunteers, and the relationships they build, live on long after the volunteers return home.

 

Volunteer action counts, today and every day!

Volunteer action counts, today and every day!

Thursday, December 05, 2013

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.



Giving something back

Giving something back

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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.

 

Volunteer action counts on World AIDS Day

Volunteer action counts on World AIDS Day

Friday, November 29, 2013

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.



Taking a stand

Monday, November 25, 2013

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. 

Taking a stand

Taking a stand

Monday, November 25, 2013

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

 



Community Health Workers drive sanitation changes

Community Health Workers drive sanitation changes

Friday, November 22, 2013

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.



An ocean of rewards

An ocean of rewards

Friday, November 08, 2013

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



Finding connections between communities

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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.

Want an enriching volunteer experience? Volunteer overseas

Want an enriching volunteer experience? Volunteer overseas

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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.



A surfers paradise - Nias island

A surfers paradise - Nias island

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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 celebrates the contribution of Justice Richard Refshauge

AVI celebrates the contribution of Justice Richard Refshauge

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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.



A social worker’s perspective

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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.

A winning move

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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.

Volunteer in Indigenous communities this December

Volunteer in Indigenous communities this December

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

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

Looking to enhance your own skills and experience?

Read on...





Volunteer action counts

Volunteer action counts

Friday, October 04, 2013

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.

 

Responding to Malawi's health needs

Responding to Malawi's health needs

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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.



Peter Irvin, Solomon Islands

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Australian Volunteer Peter Irvin worked as an Organisational Sustainability and Fundraising Coordinator with Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT).

Samantha Hutt, Lebanon

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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.

A Pacific state of mind

Monday, September 16, 2013

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.

Changing attitudes to mental health in Fiji

Monday, September 16, 2013

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).

A chance meeting bringing people together

Thursday, September 05, 2013

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

Global Citizen Festival - your invitation

Global Citizen Festival - your invitation

Thursday, September 05, 2013

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.



Lawn bowls and club sandwiches not your thing?

Lawn bowls and club sandwiches not your thing?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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.



A big job in a small country

A big job in a small country

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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).

 

Anne Rauch, Organisational Development Adviser, Fiji Alliance for Mental Health (FAMH)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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.

Dy Bailey, Kiribati

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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.

Stories from Afar with Valerie Browning

Stories from Afar with Valerie Browning

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

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.



Sharing the song of the weaver in Swaziland

Thursday, August 01, 2013

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.

Sanglah Hospital, delivering an international standard of care

Sanglah Hospital, delivering an international standard of care

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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 quick delivery

A quick delivery

Monday, July 08, 2013

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.

 

All grown up - returning to the Solomon Islands

All grown up - returning to the Solomon Islands

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

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.



When a volunteer assignment finds you

When a volunteer assignment finds you

Friday, June 14, 2013

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.





It's time to Recognise

It's time to Recognise

Thursday, May 23, 2013

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.



Take action, sign up to international volunteering

Take action, sign up to international volunteering

Thursday, May 09, 2013

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.



The passing of Guido dos Santos, Timor-Leste

The passing of Guido dos Santos, Timor-Leste

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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.



Responding to human resource needs in Vanuatu

Friday, May 03, 2013

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.

 

 

Aussie midwives saving lives overseas

Aussie midwives saving lives overseas

Friday, May 03, 2013

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.



Australian High Commissioner experiences a Kick4Life in Lesotho

Australian High Commissioner experiences a Kick4Life in Lesotho

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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 2013!

Happy Earth Day 2013!

Monday, April 22, 2013

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 proud supporters of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

AVI proud supporters of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

Friday, April 05, 2013

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.



Cheers to UN World Water Day

Cheers to UN World Water Day

Friday, March 22, 2013

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.

 



Rewarding role for a business manager in Tanzanian school

Rewarding role for a business manager in Tanzanian school

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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.




Calling all I.T professionals

Calling all I.T professionals

Thursday, March 14, 2013

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.



Pho for lunch... anyone?

Pho for lunch... anyone?

Monday, February 25, 2013

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.



Half the Sky - an International Women's Day celebration

Half the Sky - an International Women's Day celebration

Monday, February 25, 2013

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.



Kurt Fearnley calls for a more inclusive approach to disability in his Australia Day address to the nation

Kurt Fearnley calls for a more inclusive approach to disability in his Australia Day address to the nation

Friday, January 25, 2013

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.



Making childbirth safer for Ethiopia’s nomadic pastoralists

Making childbirth safer for Ethiopia’s nomadic pastoralists

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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.



Be part of the great African migration in 2013

Be part of the great African migration in 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

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.



2012, the year that was for AVI

2012, the year that was for AVI

Friday, December 28, 2012

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.



Become a part of volunteer history as Myanmar opens its doors

Become a part of volunteer history as Myanmar opens its doors

Monday, December 17, 2012

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.



Adventure and career development awaits couples in PNG

Adventure and career development awaits couples in PNG

Thursday, December 13, 2012

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.



Dame Carol Kidu - Supporting sustainable nation building efforts in PNG

Dame Carol Kidu - Supporting sustainable nation building efforts in PNG

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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.



AVI's on Facebook!

AVI's on Facebook!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

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.



Greg Harper, Kudat calling

Greg Harper, Kudat calling

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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.





Happy International Volunteer Day from AVI

Happy International Volunteer Day from AVI

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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



Geelong the final stop for Volunteer Stories

Geelong the final stop for Volunteer Stories

Thursday, November 22, 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, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) invites you to a night of storytelling at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.



AVI is heading down to the Fair Trade Fair at Fed Square

AVI is heading down to the Fair Trade Fair at Fed Square

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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.



Will you be kicking goals in 2013?

Will you be kicking goals in 2013?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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.





Seeds of security

Seeds of security

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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.



Global Poverty Ambassadors sought

Global Poverty Ambassadors sought

Monday, November 12, 2012

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.



Celebrating 50 years of Indonesian studies at Monash

Celebrating 50 years of Indonesian studies at Monash

Monday, November 05, 2012

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.



Tshirts for Equal Education

Tshirts for Equal Education

Friday, November 02, 2012

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.



Volunteer Stories and Kurt Fearnley head to Newcastle

Volunteer Stories and Kurt Fearnley head to Newcastle

Thursday, October 25, 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.



Bloodshot, the dreams and nightmares of East Timor

Bloodshot, the dreams and nightmares of East Timor

Monday, October 01, 2012

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.



New Kiribati office opens

New Kiribati office opens

Friday, September 14, 2012

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



Postcard from Vanuatu

Postcard from Vanuatu

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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.



Volunteer Stories heads to Alice Springs

Volunteer Stories heads to Alice Springs

Thursday, September 06, 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, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) and Austraining International (AI), invite you to a night of storytelling at the Alice Springs Town Council.



Volunteer Stories in Orange

Volunteer Stories in Orange

Tuesday, August 28, 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, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) invites you to a night of storytelling at the Orange Ex-Services' Club.



Enrich your life career: Volunteer Overseas

Enrich your life career: Volunteer Overseas

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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.



Volunteer Stories goes west to Albany

Volunteer Stories goes west to Albany

Monday, August 20, 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, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) invites you to a night of storytelling at The Albany Club.

 



Off the beaten track, Australian Volunteers travel to Oodnadatta

Off the beaten track, Australian Volunteers travel to Oodnadatta

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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.



Volunteer Stories to visit northern Tasmania

Volunteer Stories to visit northern Tasmania

Monday, August 13, 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, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) invites you to a night of storytelling at the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre.



Postcard from Solomon Islands

Postcard from Solomon Islands

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

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.



Examining BEMI in the Pacific

Examining BEMI in the Pacific

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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.



Volunteer Stories heads to Noosa

Volunteer Stories heads to Noosa

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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. 



Life matters in Kiribati

Life matters in Kiribati

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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.



Inspiring Volunteer Stories in Ballarat

Inspiring Volunteer Stories in Ballarat

Friday, July 13, 2012

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. 



Keeping homegrown skills in the Pacific

Keeping homegrown skills in the Pacific

Thursday, July 05, 2012

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.



International volunteers to share their adventures in Ballarat

International volunteers to share their adventures in Ballarat

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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.



Afar community wins humanitarian award

Afar community wins humanitarian award

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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.



AVI launches North Pacific program

AVI launches North Pacific program

Thursday, June 14, 2012

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.



Celebrating volunteering Solomon Islands style

Celebrating volunteering Solomon Islands style

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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.



Volunteer action counts - make your voice heard

Volunteer action counts - make your voice heard

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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



Returned volunteer clowning around for a cause

Returned volunteer clowning around for a cause

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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



Take your community and social development skills overseas with AVI

Take your community and social development skills overseas with AVI

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

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



Manager(s) needed for NGO in Kimberley region

Manager(s) needed for NGO in Kimberley region

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

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.



What the media don’t tell you about PNG

What the media don’t tell you about PNG

Monday, May 07, 2012

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.  



AVI calls for the PM to keep aid promise

AVI calls for the PM to keep aid promise

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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.



60th celebration honoured

60th celebration honoured

Friday, April 20, 2012

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.



Human rights up in lights

Human rights up in lights

Friday, April 20, 2012

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.

 



State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2011: Universal Values for Global Well-being

State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2011: Universal Values for Global Well-being

Tuesday, April 17, 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.



Walk the road less travelled in Africa

Walk the road less travelled in Africa

Monday, April 16, 2012

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.



Volunteer in Africa, a life-changing opportunity awaits

Volunteer in Africa, a life-changing opportunity awaits

Thursday, April 12, 2012

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.



AVI supports National Close the Gap Day

AVI supports National Close the Gap Day

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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.



Pedalling for an end to poverty

Pedalling for an end to poverty

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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.



Midwifery program receives accolades

Midwifery program receives accolades

Friday, March 30, 2012

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.



Halving poverty by 2015 - Art exhibition and panel discussion

Halving poverty by 2015 - Art exhibition and panel discussion

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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.



A return to Tanzania

A return to Tanzania

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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.



Trade your skills with the Pacific

Trade your skills with the Pacific

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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



Final Australian 60th celebration in Adelaide

Final Australian 60th celebration in Adelaide

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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



A tradie's Kiribati tale

A tradie's Kiribati tale

Monday, March 26, 2012

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.



Getting lost in Nuigini

Getting lost in Nuigini

Friday, March 16, 2012

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.



Volunteers needed to help with water and power supplies in the Pacific

Volunteers needed to help with water and power supplies in the Pacific

Monday, February 27, 2012

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.



An international volunteering celebration, Canberra style

An international volunteering celebration, Canberra style

Friday, February 24, 2012

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.



YCA seeking field staff - applications now open

YCA seeking field staff - applications now open

Thursday, February 23, 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.



AVI’s 60th celebration spotlights Tasmania

AVI’s 60th celebration spotlights Tasmania

Thursday, February 16, 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.



Learning from others - from Palestine to South Australia

Learning from others - from Palestine to South Australia

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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.



AVI receives Friendship Medal at Viet Nam 60th

AVI receives Friendship Medal at Viet Nam 60th

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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 volunteer shares story with the Tweed News readers

AVI volunteer shares story with the Tweed News readers

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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.



AVI supporting African pastoralist communities

AVI supporting African pastoralist communities

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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 celebrates first volunteering secondments

ANZ celebrates first volunteering secondments

Monday, January 16, 2012

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.



100 ways you can make a positive difference in 2012

100 ways you can make a positive difference in 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

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.



Tiny Toones Hip Hop Fundraising Tour

Tiny Toones Hip Hop Fundraising Tour

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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.



Volunteer in Vanuatu with YCA

Friday, December 09, 2011

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).

Public forum this Monday in Melbourne: China and overseas aid

Thursday, December 08, 2011

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.

Empower communities to lead their own development

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

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.

Who is achieving amazing things in your neighbourhood?

Who is achieving amazing things in your neighbourhood?

Monday, December 05, 2011

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.




Adviser needed in English teaching program for Palestinian refugees

Monday, December 05, 2011

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.

AVI opens Middle East regional office

AVI opens Middle East regional office

Monday, December 05, 2011

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.

Trains, kites and amazing Amman sites

Trains, kites and amazing Amman sites

Monday, December 05, 2011

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



Your radio skills needed in Swaziland

Your radio skills needed in Swaziland

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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.




AVI hosts budding Asia Literacy Ambassadors

AVI hosts budding Asia Literacy Ambassadors

Thursday, November 24, 2011

 



AVI 2010-11 Annual Report now online

AVI 2010-11 Annual Report now online

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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.

Tiny Toones calls for support for Australian tour

Tiny Toones calls for support for Australian tour

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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.



AVI strengthens commitment to Australia’s Indigenous communities

AVI strengthens commitment to Australia’s Indigenous communities

Friday, November 18, 2011

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.

Sydney celebrates AVI milestone

Sydney celebrates AVI milestone

Friday, November 18, 2011

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

Celebrating 60th anniversary and 47 years in Africa

Celebrating 60th anniversary and 47 years in Africa

Thursday, November 17, 2011

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.  

AusAID launches Annual Report

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

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.

Sanglah Hospital in Bali seeking volunteers

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

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.



Celebrating the human face of development

Celebrating the human face of development

Monday, October 31, 2011

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.

A conversation with Valerie Browning

A conversation with Valerie Browning

Friday, October 28, 2011

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).

 

Can we eradicate polio in our lifetime?

Can we eradicate polio in our lifetime?

Friday, October 21, 2011

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.

Herb Feith’s legacy still going strong in Fiji

Herb Feith’s legacy still going strong in Fiji

Monday, October 17, 2011

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.

100 ways to enrich your career, volunteer overseas

100 ways to enrich your career, volunteer overseas

Thursday, October 06, 2011

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.

Blood, sweat and tears for a worthy cause

Blood, sweat and tears for a worthy cause

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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

Our 60th celebrations are underway

Our 60th celebrations are underway

Monday, September 19, 2011

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

Australian NGOs congratulate Aust Govt on Global Ambassafor for Women and Girls position

Australian NGOs congratulate Aust Govt on Global Ambassafor for Women and Girls position

Thursday, September 15, 2011

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.

60th celebration in Kiribati

60th celebration in Kiribati

Monday, September 12, 2011

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.  

Short-term volunteering opportunities in Kakadu

Short-term volunteering opportunities in Kakadu

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

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.

Electoral Officers needed in Timor-Leste

Electoral Officers needed in Timor-Leste

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

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

Postcard from Nauru

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

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

Racing for peace, Australian volunteers prepare for Tour de Timor

Racing for peace, Australian volunteers prepare for Tour de Timor

Thursday, September 01, 2011

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: Kristy Sword-Gusmao's lecture on Herb Feith

Read: Kristy Sword-Gusmao's lecture on Herb Feith

Thursday, September 01, 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.

Comedy night fundraiser - Thu 25 Aug, Melbourne

Friday, August 19, 2011

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

It all starts with a conversation

It all starts with a conversation

Monday, August 08, 2011

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.

From Vienna to Yogyakarta (listen)

From Vienna to Yogyakarta (listen)

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

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.

Celebrating 60 years and empowerment of persons with disabilities in Thailand

Celebrating 60 years and empowerment of persons with disabilities in Thailand

Friday, July 22, 2011

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.

 

AVI celebrates international volunteering milestones in Kiribati

AVI celebrates international volunteering milestones in Kiribati

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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

Volunteer with the UN in Fiji

Volunteer with the UN in Fiji

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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

Get involved with the Global Health Gateway

Get involved with the Global Health Gateway

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Volunteer opportunities with the Global Health Gateway

Timor conference focuses on the power of participation

Timor conference focuses on the power of participation

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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.

Expressions of interest sought for Mindibungu Aboriginal Corporation - Mechanic

Expressions of interest sought for Mindibungu Aboriginal Corporation - Mechanic

Monday, June 27, 2011

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

Australian Volunteers International celebrates 60 years of volunteering

Australian Volunteers International celebrates 60 years of volunteering

Thursday, June 16, 2011

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.

City2Surf 2011: Join Kurt Fearnley and the AVI All Stars to celebrate 60 years of international volunteering

City2Surf 2011: Join Kurt Fearnley and the AVI All Stars to celebrate 60 years of international volunteering

Friday, June 10, 2011

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.

Remembering Australia's first official international volunteer Herb Feith

Remembering Australia's first official international volunteer Herb Feith

Friday, June 03, 2011

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.

Children of the Rainbow Serpent documentary screenings throughout June

Children of the Rainbow Serpent documentary screenings throughout June

Friday, June 03, 2011

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

Talking maternal and child health

Talking maternal and child health

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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

Australian Volunteers International partners with the Australian Government's new international volunteer program

Australian Volunteers International partners with the Australian Government's new international volunteer program

Thursday, May 26, 2011

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.

Boomers set to volunteer

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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.

Hip hop, dance and music changing young lives in Cambodia

Friday, May 06, 2011

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 Day - 12 May

International Nurses Day - 12 May

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

International Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6-12 each year. Wednesday 12 May however, is very special as it's International Nurses Day.

Thousands to live below the line this May

Thousands to live below the line this May

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

From 16-20 May this year, thousands of Australians will take the Live Below the Line challenge - feeding themselves with just $2 a day.

Guidance on addressing AVI selection criteria

Guidance on addressing AVI selection criteria

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

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 sought for Mindibungu Aboriginal Corporation General Manager

Expressions of interest sought for Mindibungu Aboriginal Corporation General Manager

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Expressions of interest are sought for a General Manager for Mindibungu Aboriginal Corporation, in North-west Australia.

English, ESL, and ESP teachers still in demand

English, ESL, and ESP teachers still in demand

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

An earlier news article (see here) highlighted the ongoing need amongst employers of Australian volunteers for teachers of English, or English as a Second Language (ESL) or for Special Purposes (ESP).

AVI volunteer and development partners celebrate World Social Work Day in Cambodia

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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.



Skilled international volunteering - empowering women worldwide

Skilled international volunteering - empowering women worldwide

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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.

AVI hosts first Women In Development function for 2011

AVI hosts first Women In Development function for 2011

Monday, March 07, 2011

Wednesday 2 February saw AVI host the first Women in Development network function for 2011, following on from its successful events in 2010.



Young people heading online to volunteer

Young people heading online to volunteer

Monday, February 14, 2011

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.



Australia Day celebrations as far away as Jordan

Australia Day celebrations as far away as Jordan

Thursday, February 03, 2011

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.



AVI & IYV+10 working together - strengthening sustainable partnerships beyond 2011

AVI & IYV+10 working together - strengthening sustainable partnerships beyond 2011

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV) 2001.



In memoriam - PNG partner and environmental advocate

In memoriam - PNG partner and environmental advocate

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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.



ESL teachers in demand

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The demand for ESL teachers within the Australian Government Volunteer Program at AVI has never been higher, writes recruiter Ian McDonald.

 



Volunteers needed for West Arnhem education program

Volunteers needed for West Arnhem education program

Monday, December 06, 2010

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.



Australian volunteers make a positive and sustainable impact across the globe

Australian volunteers make a positive and sustainable impact across the globe

Friday, December 03, 2010

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 provides cross-cultural training for UGL

AVI Worldwide provides cross-cultural training for UGL

Friday, November 05, 2010

AVI Worldwide recently had a tremendous opportunity to provide cross cultural training for UGL Limited, an Australian infrastructure, rail and resources company.





Conference in Melbourne for prospective volunteers

Thursday, November 04, 2010

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 Annual Report now online

AVI Annual Report now online

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

AVI has released its 2009/10 Annual Report, which gives a great picture of AVI's activities and performance over the past twelve months.





International conference sees volunteerism agencies gather from around the world

International conference sees volunteerism agencies gather from around the world

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The annual conference of the International Volunteer Cooperation Organisations (IVCO) 2010 was held during October in Singapore.





Women in Development networking dinner a great success

Women in Development networking dinner a great success

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

On Thursday 30 September, AVI hosted a quarterly Women in Development dinner at our offices in Fitzroy.



AVI rides to work

AVI rides to work

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday 13 October saw around 20 AVI staff from its Melbourne office celebrate sustainable commuting by taking part in Ride To Work Day 2010.





Take the AVI history quiz

Take the AVI history quiz

Wednesday, October 06, 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!



Participatory Development Masterclass wrapup

Participatory Development Masterclass wrapup

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

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.









Foreign Minister Rudd speaks at MDG Review Summit

Foreign Minister Rudd speaks at MDG Review Summit

Friday, September 24, 2010

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.



Australia’s aid agencies call for world leaders to stand up for the MDGs

Australia’s aid agencies call for world leaders to stand up for the MDGs

Thursday, September 16, 2010

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

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Victoria's Volunteering Portal is an online community and information resource for Victorian volunteers and volunteering organisations.

Maintaining the linkages

Maintaining the linkages

Monday, August 30, 2010

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.



The GPP goes grassroots

The GPP goes grassroots

Thursday, August 26, 2010

...and it's coming to you, writes former AVI / VSO volunteer d'Arcy Lunn.



Masterclass - community and international development

Monday, August 16, 2010

Find out about this Masterclass for students of community and international development, to be held in Melbourne on Saturday 4 September 2010.

Australian Government Volunteer Program update

Australian Government Volunteer Program update

Monday, August 09, 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

Better aid. More aid. Just aid

Friday, July 09, 2010

Better aid. More aid. Just aid
ACFID releases its Call to the Parties - 2010 Federal Election



ANZ and Australian Volunteers International announce Asia Pacific partnership

ANZ and Australian Volunteers International announce Asia Pacific partnership

Friday, June 25, 2010

ANZ and Australian Volunteers International (AVI) today announced a new partnership as part of ANZ's staff volunteer program in the Asia Pacific region.



Socceroo learns about the healing powers of art therapy with AVI volunteer

Socceroo learns about the healing powers of art therapy with AVI volunteer

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Socceroo meets Community Art Counsellors at a Johannesburg project for orphaned and vulnerable children.

Australian Wins Top Conservation Award

Australian Wins Top Conservation Award

Monday, March 22, 2010

Victorian, Jean Thomas has received the highly acclaimed Future for Nature award.



Kurt Fearnley conquers Kokoda

Kurt Fearnley conquers Kokoda

Thursday, November 19, 2009

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.



Australian Indigenous leaders link with local PNG groups

Australian Indigenous leaders link with local PNG groups

Monday, November 16, 2009

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.



Celebrate International Volunteer Day with AVI

Celebrate International Volunteer Day with AVI

Monday, November 16, 2009

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 volunteer receives emergency services medal

AVI volunteer receives emergency services medal

Thursday, October 15, 2009

AVI returned volunteer Trish Vogel's is a recipient of the 2009 Emergency Services Medal for her outstanding work at the SA Ambulance Service.



International volunteer roadshow hits Bunbury

International volunteer roadshow hits Bunbury

Friday, October 09, 2009

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.



AVI announces new direction for youth opportunities

AVI announces new direction for youth opportunities

Friday, August 14, 2009

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.



Lumi links to the global community on World Environment Day

Lumi links to the global community on World Environment Day

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Village of Lumi will receive a huge telecommunications boost, when the regions first internet connection is unveiled on World Environment Day.



A rare insight into the lives of South Africa’s refugees

A rare insight into the lives of South Africa’s refugees

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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.



Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley visits refugees in Syria

Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley visits refugees in Syria

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

 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.



Global volunteer partnership contributing to MDGs

Global volunteer partnership contributing to MDGs

Thursday, January 08, 2009

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 hospital goes online in a first for PNG!

Goroka hospital goes online in a first for PNG!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

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.



AVI volunteer in Hobart news

AVI volunteer in Hobart news

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

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.



Australian educators - making a lasting impact

Australian educators - making a lasting impact

Monday, July 28, 2008

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.




Biomedical effort needed to tackle HIV/AIDS

Biomedical effort needed to tackle HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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.



Around the world in 80 ways

Around the world in 80 ways

Thursday, May 08, 2008

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 and AVI announce unique global volunteer program

Macquarie University and AVI announce unique global volunteer program

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

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 and ACE jointly sponsor Australia's oldest volunteer organization

JLT and ACE jointly sponsor Australia's oldest volunteer organization

Monday, April 28, 2008

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 celebrates National Volunteer Week with regional Australia

AVI celebrates National Volunteer Week with regional Australia

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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.



Indigenous Australians' participation in international volunteering

Indigenous Australians' participation in international volunteering

Friday, April 11, 2008

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.



New Year spirit lifts interest in volunteering overseas

New Year spirit lifts interest in volunteering overseas

Saturday, February 16, 2008

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 launches bird conservation initiative

Timor-Leste launches bird conservation initiative

Friday, February 08, 2008

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.



'Equal and included' - NGO festival to celebrate street children's rights

Thursday, January 17, 2008

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.

Ozzie elder wins top marks for volunteer work!

Ozzie elder wins top marks for volunteer work!

Friday, January 04, 2008

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.



Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

Thursday, November 15, 2007

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.



Responding to mental health needs in the Pacific

Responding to mental health needs in the Pacific

Thursday, October 11, 2007

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.