New Australian Volunteer Program Tees Off

An Australian volunteers as a nurse educator in Papua New Guinea. Photo by: AusAID

The Australian Volunteers for International Development is ready to accept applications from Australians who wish to volunteer their services in developing countries, in support of their country’s aid program priorities.

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd launched the program, which merges four former volunteering programs by the Australian government, on May 26 before an audience of more than 300 returned volunteers, volunteer organizations, parliamentarians, diplomats and non-governmental groups at Parliament House.

“Australian volunteers bring unique expertise and perspectives to their host countries — from setting up clinics for women to give birth safely or building stronger homes to withstand cyclones, Australian volunteers directly contribute to improving people’s lives in developing countries,” Rudd said.

AusAID is partnering with Australian Volunteers International, Austraining International and the Australian Red Cross to implement the new program. It also unveiled a new website that provides all information on how to apply for volunteering assignments. 

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