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Namibia

Namibia

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Program commenced:   1992

Total number of placements: 106 (as of 17 August, 2011)

Number of current placements: 9 (as of 17 August, 2011)

AVI Programs: Volunteer Program, AVI-VSO Partnership, M2006 Games Sport Development Volunteer, Namibian Forestry Project, United Nations Volunteer Program, Volunteer Graduate Program

Namibia is located in south western Africa and is the second least densely populated country in the world. Namibia gained independence from South Africa in 1990, following the Namibian war of Independence.

It's geography is a made up of high plateaus and desert, and was the first country in the world to incorporate the protection of the environment into its constitution. While Namibia is mineral rich, there are limited fresh water resources and the land is subject to drought and desertification.

The development issues facing Namibia include having the fifth highest prevelance of HIV/AIDS rate in the world, being among the lowest countries in terms of life expectancy at birth, and having the world's worst distribution of family income.

Over 94 Austrailans have volunteered in Namibia through a range of AVI programs and projects since 1991. The first volunteer was a teacher with UNDP Namibia.

You can read more about volunteering in Nambia from returned volunteer Elaine Harrison.

Contact our Southern Africa program office.

For more information on Namibia, visit:
Namibia on the CIA World Factbook