Laos is a landlocked country, bordered by Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and China, that is home to 7 million people.

Standards of living have improved in recent years, but significant development challenges remain. The benefits of economic growth are not reaching segments of the population isolated by geography, gender or ethnicity.

Australia has a long history of successful development cooperation with Laos. In 2017, the two countries will celebrate 65 years of unbroken diplomatic relations. Australia’s aid to Laos contributes to sustainable development by addressing disadvantage and creating opportunities for diversified trade and private sector growth.

AVID priorities

  • Education

  • Agriculture

  • Mining

“Laos is a small country with a huge variety of natural beauty and a unique culture that remains strong and vibrant. I have the opportunity to work with organisations and individuals focused on improving the lives of others. The volunteer program in Laos compliments the Australian Aid development strategy for Laos with a primary goal of supporting the capacity of the Government of Laos.”

– Laos In-Country Manager, David Sharman-Selvidge


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.