Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID)

The Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program is an Australian Government initiative that supports skilled Australians and permanent residents of Australia to contribute to Australia’s overseas aid objectives.

Australian volunteers make a real difference in developing countries by sharing their knowledge, fostering sustainable skills development, building the capacity of individuals, organisations, governments and communities, and cultivating people-to-people links.

There is no cost to participate in the AVID program. Assignments range from one to 18 months in duration and volunteers are fully supported with living allowances, flights, insurance and training.

Every AVID assignment is needs driven and does not replace a position that could be filled locally.  Local staff are trained and supported during the assignment so that change can continue once the volunteer leaves.

Delivery partners

The AVID program is delivered by Scope Global and AVI in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Scope Global will deliver the AVID program until its conclusion on 31 December 2017. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will launch the new Australian Volunteers Program (AVP) in 2018.

Scope Global mobilises volunteers to Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

AVI mobilises volunteers to Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands and Tanzania.



If you don’t see an AVID assignment that suits you, please check again next month. For further information on ethical volunteering, please visit the volunteering overseas pages of