AVI in Vietnam

AVI was one of the first Australian agencies to send volunteers to Vietnam, beginning with the placement of English language teachers and Forest Management professionals through the volunteer program (now called AVID). AVID still remains the main volunteer sending program for AVI.

Since 2009, AVI has also managed short-term community development projects for Macquarie University students through the PACE Initiative.

Improved educational outcomes
Through the development of partnerships with educational authorities and institutions, AVI volunteers have made a considerable effort to help improve educational outcomes in Vietnam.  They continue to provide professional development, training opportunities for local teachers, and curriculum development in isolated provinces.

Support sustainable livelihoods
AVI volunteers work with local authorities and communities in rural areas, to increase their capacities in agricultural production and economic capability . Through training workshops, Australian volunteers are helping local community members to enhance their technical skills  in the strategic planning, of agricultural and environmental resources. Volunteers are also working with local communities to reduce the effects of climate change, by developing effective and suitable community-based disaster mitigation methods and finding ways to reduce gas and pollution emissions.

About Vietnam

Photo: Harjono Djoyobisono

Volunteer profile

Maureen McInroy returned to Hue, Vietnam in May 2012 to start her third Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) assignment in the region.

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Host organisation profile

Founded in 1989, Pham Ngoc Thach University (PNTU) trains doctors, nurses as well as conducts medical research.

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