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Have you ever considered volunteering overseas?

This is your opportunity to join thousands of intrepid Australian volunteers and take a lifetime’s worth of experience where it’s needed most.

The Australian Government is seeking skilled Australians to volunteer overseas in 2016, through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program. The program offers a range of opportunities for the Australian community to share skills and foster linkages with people and organisations in developing countries; to make a difference as part of Australia’s overseas aid program.

Volunteering through the AVID program provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Give back: share your skills and knowledge with communities in our region who need it most.
  • Have an adventure: you’ll be able to both experience and immerse yourself in another culture and way of life.
  • Build relationships and confidence: you’ll develop friendships and confidence through the relationships developed at your host organisation, with the community, and with other Australian volunteers.
  • Be an ambassador: act as an ambassador for Australia and Australia’s aid program whilst on your assignment abroad.

AVID assignments are open to people aged 18 – 80+, 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.

As this program is funded by Australian Government, you do not pay to participate. Flights, medicals, insurances, visas, living and accommodation allowances are all provided to volunteers.

“You may be like us and discover you gain more than you give. Every day is interesting, but that makes it a joy for me to be here.” Australian volunteer Gordon Muir volunteered in Tonga.

Ready to make a difference?

Volunteer assignments are advertised on the 1st of each month, with applications closing on the 21st of each month. Take a look at all assignments now online.

If you’re based in Hobart, Melbourne, Canberra or Sydney head along to an Information Session on the 16th or 17th of February – register today!

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 website to learn more about the AVID program.

If you would like to speak to one of our volunteer management team, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or freecall 1800 995 536 for more information.

Be inspired: Lorraine’s volunteer experience


Australian volunteer Lorraine Collins spent 12 months in the Solomon Islands as a Teacher Trainer. Listen to her story in an audio clip, and read the Q&A gain an insight into her AVID volunteer experience.

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Australian volunteer Lorraine Collins spent 12 months in the Solomon Islands as a Teacher Trainer. We spoke with her to gain an insight into her AVID volunteer experience, and life in the Solomon Islands. 

Volunteers in action


Gordon Muir is a chef with 30 years’ experience in the food and hospitality industry. Hailing from Orange, the food and wine mecca of NSW, Gordon was keen to use his culinary and teaching skills in a volunteering role overseas. Gordon headed to Tonga for 12 months to work as a Cookery Trainer at the Ahopanilolo Technical College in Nuku’alofa, capital of Tonga. Watch the video to gain insight into Gordon's volunteer experience.

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Frequently asked questions


If you have questions about the application process, your personal circumstances, the support you’ll receive in country, or more general questions about the AVID program, take a look at our FAQ’s page to find the answers you’re after.

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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 read how eight Australian volunteers are using their skills and experience overseas to contribute to change, and make a difference where it’s needed most.

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