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Program commenced: 1988

About AVI's China Program

Between 1988 and 2013, AVI placed 180 Australian Volunteers with 65 partner organisations in China under the Australian Government-funded Volunteer Program, now Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID).

In line with strategic changes to the Australian aid program, placing volunteers through these programs was phased out. The final volunteers completed their assignments in March 2013.

Alongside this work, AVI has also managed the following people-centred initiatives in China, including Australian Teachers in Asia, Volunteer Graduate Program, United Nations Volunteer Program.

Our work in China

In a recent research project, undertaken with the support of the Australian Government, It's the Invisible Things: An Evaluation of the Volunteer Program in China 1988-2013, AVI worked with partner organisations in China and Australian Volunteers to document the history, contributions and lessons learnt from the Volunteer Program in China.

This research identified the value of partnerships, the contribution of Australian Volunteers to the country's education sector, marginalised communities and to rural development. It also assessed the power of people-to-people links in fostering relationships based on mutual respect and understanding.

Click here to the research paper.

Fostering Australia-China engagement

AVI China Program remains committed to fostering engagement in China through people-centred development activities.

For more information about working with AVI in China contact AVI Regional Manager Mark Deasey on mdeasey@australianvolunteers.