Kiribati (pronounced kiribas) is made up of 33 atolls across 4,000 kilometres in the Pacific Ocean.  21 atolls are inhabited by approximately 114,000 people, with half that population living around the capital in South Tarawa.

Most of Kiribati’s atolls are less than two meters above sea level and vulnerable to the effects climate change. Remoteness, limited economic opportunity and rising urban migration to South Tarawa are key challenges that also impact health and education outcomes.

Australia and Kiribati enjoy close relations based on regional and international cooperation and trade links. Australia’s aid program aims to strengthen the Kiribati government’s capacity to build climate resilience and to improve gender equality and disability inclusiveness.

AVID priorities

  • Education

  • Health

  • Governance

  • Agriculture, fisheries and water

  • Economic growth and reform

“Kiribati is unique in that it sits on the equator and borders the International Date Line. The people of Kiribati, known as I-Kiribati, are very welcoming and smile all the time. Like Australia, Kiribati is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, and it also became a full member of the United Nations in 1999.”

– Kiribati In-Country Manager, Linda Uan


Scope Global is no longer recruiting for the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program. AVID will conclude on 31 December 2017. Volunteers on assignment at that time will be supported to transition to the new Australian Volunteers program. More information about the new Australian Volunteers program can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website.