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Early Career Opportunities

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Share your skills & make a difference!

Are you a recent graduate or early career professional looking to gain international experience and make a positive difference in a developing country? 

Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) is an Australian Government initiative and offers a range of volunteering opportunities for young Australians to share their skills with people and organisations in developing countries, to make a difference as part of Australia's overseas aid program.

AVID assignments are available in a variety of sectors, range from one to 18 months in duration and can be undertaken in 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Through the AVID program you will have access to hundreds of assignments which are open for application each year. If you’re in the early stages of your career, we’ve listed assignments requiring one to three years’ experience on a special page called Early Career Assignments.

What sets the AVID program apart from many other international volunteering programs is that you do not pay to participate in the AVID program. Flights, medicals, visas, a living and accommodation allowance are all included – and more. Furthermore, you can rest assured knowing that your assignment will contribute to community and country level change. The AVID Program works to achieve development objectives set by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, host governments, Australian Government and the broader AVID program.

What impact will I have as a volunteer?
As an Australian volunteer, you will work alongside local staff in your host organisation to share knowledge, develop sustainable skills and build the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities in line with the development priorities for each country. This ensures your impact can continue long after you’ve left.

What’s in it for me?
An Early Career assignment through the AVID program provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Make a positive difference in a developing country
  • Share your skills and experience with others
  • Gain valuable international experience
  • Experience another culture
  • Make friends, memories and connections to last a lifetime

As an Australian volunteer, you’ll grow both personally and professionally. You’ll make new friends, gain a greater awareness of the world and other cultures, and grow in confidence of both yourself and your abilities. On a professional level, you’ll learn valuable skills such as high-level cross-cultural communication skills, and leadership skills.

Interested? Here’s how to get involved:
Check out our early career opportunities here! Assignments are advertised on the 1st of each month, with applications closing on the 21st of each month.

Sign up to our monthly newsletter or download the app to be in the loop about assignments matching your skills and abilities, and events in your area.

You can also visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade AVID web portal to learn more about the AVID program.

Where are they now?


Read how some of our returned volunteers are achieving great success in their relative professions and the overarching development space, thanks to the skills gained on their AVID assignment.

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Volunteers in action


Australian volunteers Krissy Wilhelmsen and Emily Kilsby are volunteering in Myanmar with the Eden Centre for Disabled Children. Watch this video to learn about the work they’re doing on their assignments, and what it’s like living in another country.

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Advice from past volunteers


We asked some volunteers who were on assignment in their 20’s what advice they would give other young Australian’s who are thinking about applying for the AVID program. See what they had to say!

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Register Your Interest


Stay up to date with the latest Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) news and opportunities by signing up to the registered interest list. You will receive a monthly e-newsletter, containing volunteer information relevant to your skills and regions of interest, and you’ll be the first know about the latest events.

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Stories from the field


Download the Stories from the Field booklet to learn how eight young Australian volunteers are contributing to change on their volunteer assignments.

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