AVI in Kiribati

Since 1982 AVI has been sending Australian volunteers to assignments in Kiribati, with almost half of all AVI volunteers having worked in the education sector.

Australian volunteers are now placed through the AVID program. The strong focus on education continues, with AVID volunteers assisting to advance and strengthen educational opportunities in Kiribati.

PACTAM program sends skilled technical advisors to support government institutions and to provide assistance in priority areas identified by the Australian and Kiribati governments.

Increasing educational outcomes

AVI assignments help improve educational outcomes in Kiribati through training teachers, assisting in curriculum development and development of educational resources. Volunteers have also assisted in improving the vocational training system through - the development of English courses.

Working towards good governance

AVI assignments support the development of Government and Civil Society Organisations in providing efficient services to Ikiribati people through support in development of processes and systems and  , local staff training and mentoring in areas of Law, Gender, Disability and Education. Along with this, through PACTAM assistance is provided to develop policy and regulatory frameworks for various government institutions.

Improving gender equality

AVI assignments assist to set up systems, processes and plans for organisations working in gender. Specific reference is given to policies and procedures that enhance women’s rights.  Currently AVI is supporting the development of the Women’s Division to support gender issues in Kiribati with the future aims of developing a Government Ministry for Women.


With increasing capacity requirements for the management of national infrastructure projects in Kiribati, AVI assignments provide support to the Ministry of Public Works and Utilities in building the capacity of local counterparts in civil engineering, architecture and water and sanitation.

About Kiribati

Lagoon on Fanning Island, Kiribati. Source: Istock images

Volunteer profile

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.

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Host organisation profile

Tungaru Rehabilitation Services (TRS) is a relatively new department of Ministry of Health in Kiribati. It was established in 2004 alongside other paramedical services. It comprises of two sections namely the physiotherapy and prosthetic/orthotic section. It was previously managed by overseas volunteers while the locals underwent training at the Fiji School of Medicine.

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