Volunteering in Tonga
The Kingdom of Tonga is a Polynesian country with magnificent natural beauty rarely matched elsewhere in the world.
A variety of landscapes from rugged volcanic slopes, to low-lying coral islands, and pristine sandy beaches colour Tonga’s 169 islands, 36 of which are inhabited by the population of 104,000.
The country graduated to upper-middle income status in 2012 but continues to face development challenges related to its geographic isolation, exposure to natural hazards and its limited resource, production, and export base.
The key priorities of the Australian Volunteer Program are in building a more efficient and effective public sector and improving the health of Tongans — primarily by reducing the prevalence of non-communicable diseases and improving technical and vocational skills.
As Tonga’s largest bilateral donor, Australian aid also supports the private sector and empowers women and people with disabilities.
After an unforgettable year volunteering as an economic policy analyst with the Tongan Government, Madeleine Legge kept her volunteering experience alive after she returned home.