The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid is working in partnership with Austraining International, Australian Volunteers International and Australian Red Cross, organisations with extensive experience in international volunteering.
Australian volunteers play a vital role in the fight against poverty. Volunteering overseas is one way that Australians can make a positive contribution to poverty reduction, sustainable development and cross-cultural understanding.
Australian volunteers come from a diverse range of backgrounds and include men and women aged from 18 to 80 years. Australian volunteers have varying professional backgrounds which enable them to work on a range of activities including setting up medical clinics so that women can give birth safely, building stronger homes to withstand cyclones and helping children with disabilities to get to school.
What work can I do?
A wide and diverse range of professional skills are needed to address development needs. From agricultural projects to health and education programs that can change lives, there is no end to the skills and expertise that can have an impact at the grassroots level in developing countries.
If you are open to new experiences, willing to live in different cultures, and committed to helping others, then you're likely to make a good Australian Volunteer for International Development.
Some of the sectors most commonly requested by our overseas partners for Australian Volunteers for International Development are listed below. Most assignments require qualifications and demonstrated professional experience.
- Governance and civil society
- Communications and marketing
- Small and medium enterprises
- Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
- Environmental protection
- Water and sanitation
- Humanitarian assistance and disaster response
- Transport and logistics