From Occupational Therapists to Human Rights Researchers, Engineers to Marketing Co-ordinators, IT Officers to Mechanics, there are a diverse range of Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) assignments, across a variety of sectors, available at any one time. The sectors that volunteer assignments are available in are: Agriculture – Veterinary, Business - Marketing - Tourism - Art Design, Community - Social Development, Education - Training – Library, Engineering - Architecture, Finance - Economics, Health, IT - Knowledge Management, Law & Justice, Management – Human Resources – Admin, Media – Communication – Public Relations – Fundraising, Natural Science – Environment and Sport.
If you are wondering why the volunteer assignments available vary from month to month, it's because each assignment is developed in line with Australian Government and Host Country government development priorities, and most importantly, the needs of the local Host Organisation.
The AVID program works with Host Organisations of all shapes and sizes, from international development multilaterals such as UNICEF, international government departments such as the Samoan Ministry of Tourism, large Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) such as World Vision through to small NGOs such as Seeds of Life Timor Leste.
Volunteers can have different experiences according to the type of organisation they work in. Volunteering with a small NGO might mean the opportunity for lots of field trips and getting your hands dirty, while a role with a multilateral like the UN Environment Programme may open up your international development career. It's worth considering what type of Host Organisation may best suit you and research the Host organisation when applying. Descriptions of the Host Organisations be viewed in each Assignment description.
While you are on your AVID assignment you are expected to provide reports that feedback on the triumphs and challenges of your assignment and the quality of services provided to you in-country.
These reports provide you with an opportunity to share the success of your assignment and any issues that have arisen in relation to your assignment, Host Organisation and work conditions. They also provide you with an opportunity to report on the support offered by your ICM Team and the usefulness and quality of other aspects of the AVID program.
The reports are part of the formal monitoring and evaluation of your assignment and of the AVID program, both in your particular country, and across the region. Your In-Country Management Team and Regional Director will assess your reports and feedback key issues to the AVID Program staff in Australia.
There are a range of sectors and assignments where AVIDs will have considerable contact with children (anyone under the age of 18) either directly through their assignment or indirectly through their assignment location.
The AVID program is committed to the protection of all children. The Child Protection Policy provides guidance for AVID personnel and volunteers on appropriate behaviour when interacting with children both in Australia and overseas. AVID respects the rights and welfare of all peoples and their involvement in providing safe environments. To view the Child Protection Policy click here.