Stories from Australian volunteers

Krissy Wilhelmsen_IVD2017

Volunteering: building community

On International Volunteer Day 2017, Australian volunteer Krissy Wilhelmsen reflects on what she learned and how she's grown as a result of international volunteering.When I think of volunteers ...
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Always learning

By Rob MitchellI made mistakes last time. Perhaps that’s inevitable, but I wish it wasn’t the case.After 15 years of medical training, I thought it would be ...
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AfricAid Tanzania

Empowering young women in Tanzania

Australian volunteer Dr Ngaire McCubben took part in two assignments with AfricAid, an organisation committed to improving educational outcomes for young women across Africa. Throughout nearly five years in Tanzania ...
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Ending Tuberculosis in Timor-Leste

Australian volunteer Karen Champlin recently returned from three years volunteering in Timor-Leste. She was a Tuberculosis (TB) Program Management Mentor with Klibur Domin, a local NGO that works support those ...
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Environmental management in FSM

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is made up of four island states – Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap. Located just north of the equator, FSM’s 600 islands are spread ...
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Grant Sims mentoring in Tanzania

Building a Better Future in Tanzania

After travelling through Africa in the mid-80s’ as a backpacker, Queensland resident Grant Sim developed a strong connection with the region. Thirty years on, Grant has returned to Moshi, Tanzania ...
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Eban Pollard with colleagues in Indonesia

Advocating for an inclusive society

Eban Pollard spent 18 months on assignment as an Organisation and Program Development Mentor at Persatuan Penyandang Disabilitas Indonesia (PPDI) Kota Padang, a key organisation lobbying for laws in Indonesia ...
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Rosie Barry in Kiribati in 1995

Return to Kiribati

Australian volunteer Rosie Barry travelled to Kiribati in 1995 to work as a teacher. She recently returned to Kiribati for the first time in 16 years, sharing the experience with ...
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Fiji Mental Health Unit volunteers with staff meeting in Wellness Centre, Suva, Fiji. L-R (back) Irene Singh, Salochna Devi, Ilivia Tinai with volunteer Zara Mills (centre).Photo > D.James

Mental illness in the Pacific

Mental illness. It’s the hidden undercurrent running through societies around the world, and there are as many approaches to treating and understanding it as there are cultures.In Australia ...
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Emergency care in PNG

Australian volunteer Dr Rob Mitchell is an Emergency Medicine Registrar at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. In 2014, he worked in a hospital in Madang, Papua New Guinea ...
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