I couldn't do my volunteer role without...

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Lucinda Peterson, Australian Volunteer, Working as an Urban planner with the Dhulikhel Municipal Council.
Leigh pictured with his colleagues at the facilities of the Cakaudrove Provincial council offices.

Australian volunteers do diverse roles across a huge range of sectors in 26 countries throughout the Indo-Pacific region. We asked our volunteers: 'what's the one thing you couldn't do your job without?' and had some wonderful, and surprising, responses.

Volunteers sent us photos of themselves on assignment and their object or tool of choice. We have captured a selection of responses below, which give a unique glimpse into the life of an international volunteer.


Lucinda Nepal Web
I’m Lucinda, and I’m volunteering as an urban planner in Nepal. These are some of my Nepali language notes I have displayed at my desk and I use it them to help me speak Nepali with my co-workers and applicants at the planning counter.
I'm Adam, and I'm volunteering as a Flight Paramedic in Tanzania. This is "Zoggy", a twin engine aircraft I use to deliver emergency medical care to remote locations across Tanzania.
Reina Tonga Web
'This is a recycled toy made using a coconut shell and ribbons that our staff made to develop fine motor skills for the children in our Early Intervention Program. Good quality toys are hard to come by in the Pacific, so we are trying to promote using local materials to promote play and development in the children.' - Raina, volunteer occupational therapist trainer in Tonga
Rhiannon Fiji Web
I'm Rhiannon, and I'm volunteering as the operations and community development mentor in Fiji. This is a bunch of Australian Footballs! I use them to deliver AFL development programs in schools and villages to increase participation levels of AFL across Fiji.
Eric PNG Web
I’m Eric and I’m volunteering as a climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction project officer in Papua New Guinea. This is my counterpart, Kamilo, and we work together to weave traditional ecological knowledge with western scientific knowledge to find innovative ways to adapt to climate change.
Victoria Tonga Web
I'm Victoria, and I'm volunteering as a speech pathologist in Tonga. This is an eye gaze communication system and I use it to help children with cerebral palsy who are non verbal communicate with everyone around them.
Leigh Fiji Web
I'm Leigh and I'm volunteering as a conservation officer in Fiji. This is a spade, and I use it to expose soil profiles so that I can tell folk, like these representatives from Naweni, Tacilevu and Dromuninuku villages, about the importance of topsoil.
Joclyn Vietnam Web
I’m Jocelyn. I’m a geographer and I’m volunteering in community based natural resource management research in Vietnam. My binoculars are great for helping me see how people use and manage their environment. Sometimes I also see a few nice birds!
Jennifer Bhutan Web
I’m Jen and I’m volunteering as a nutritionist with the Ministry of Education in Bhutan. This is a bulk electric cooker, it can cook 50kg of fortified rice for the children in school feeding programs across Bhutan
Kernah Mongolia Web
'I teach English to the teachers here, and since everyone has access to a phone I can disseminate class work and set assessment tasks on a private group chat.' - Kernah, volunteer Curriculum Development and Training Officer at Umnugobi Polytechnic College in Mongolia.
Brendan Laos
I'm Brendan, and I'm volunteering as an Education Support Officer in Laos. This is a Wii remote, and I use it to create an inexpensive portable smartboard for teaching of staff and participants wherever I am.
Lesley Vanuatu web
I’m Lesley and I’m volunteering as a digital tourism, marketing and communications Officer in Tanna Island, Vanuatu. This is a desktop computer, and I use it to train tourism operators in online platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, TripAdvisor, Google, Booking.com and more.
I’m Trix, a volunteer data management and outcomes monitoring officer in Indonesia. I use a computer and laptop to assist my colleague in how to manage, analyse and report on data.