Overseas partner organisations

An essential feature of the AVID program is the involvement of local organisations across the Indo-Pacific. These local organisations are called overseas partner organisations and they host Australian volunteers throughout their assignments. The AVID program works with overseas partner organisations to ensure that each AVID assignment is needs-driven and does not replace a position that could be filled locally.

Our overseas partner organisations are government departments, NGOs, educational institutions and private companies. What they all have in common is a focus on sustainable development. Read more below about some of our current overseas partners.

All Australian volunteer assignments are aligned with the development priorities of partner governments and the Australian Government.

Contact our team

If your organisation could benefit from partnering with the AVID program and hosting an Australian volunteer, we encourage you to speak with one of our in-country teams.

The value of AVID

Leverage the knowledge and experience of a skilled Australian professional
Provide capacity building opportunities for your staff
Access technical skills
Create or strengthen links with Australian organisations
Promote cross-cultural understanding
Support Sustainable Development Goal 17: Strengthen and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Overseas partner contribution

Assignment development

Scope Global works with selected partners to complete capacity assessments that determine whether an organisation’s needs can be addressed by an Australian volunteer. Scope Global then supports partners to outline the scope of work of the volunteer in line with local government and Australian aid priorities.

Supervision and induction

As the overseas partner, you are required to designate a supervisor and a counterpart for your volunteer.  You must induct and orient the volunteer on the workplace, brief your staff on the role of the volunteer, and nominate appropriate staff to work alongside the volunteer.

Financial support is optional

Overseas partner organisations are not required to contribute financially to participate in the AVID program. However, we welcome contributions as they allow us to send more volunteers overseas each year.

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital

Thimpu, Bhutan

The Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital is a 350-bed multi-specialty hospital, providing free medical treatment for all.

The hospital’s vision is to be a centre of excellence in the provision of health care services and medical education and it strives to strengthen diagnostic and curative healthcare services.

Previous AVID roles have included advisors in microbiology, heamatology, occupational therapy, dialysis, intensive care, neonatal intensive care, bio-medical engineering and compounding pharmacy.



Community Translation Organisation

Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Community Translation Organisation (CTO) is a local NGO, with a mission to sustainably improve the livelihoods of rural communities.

CTO provides support to the farming community in ways such as the construction of reservoirs and irrigation canals, improving rice yield, animal husbandry, natural resource management, community-based climate change adaptation and capacity development of community based institutions.

AVID roles focus on governance, service delivery, project management, monitoring, evaluation and training.



Ministry of Education, Fiji

Suva, Fiji

The Ministry of Education delivers education services across the full range of schooling in Fiji, including pre-schools, special schools and teaching personnel.

The Ministry has partnered with AVID in the Allied Health Cluster Pilot Project, an innovative approach to sustainable development of the disability and education sectors, bringing multidisciplinary teams over consecutive phases to work together.

Watch the video to find out more about how the Allied Health Cluster Pilot Project has impacted the lives of two young students.



Kiribati School and Centre for Children with Special Needs


The Kiribati School and Centre for Children with Special Needs was established in 1991 and is the only institution in the country caring for children with disabilities. Its vision is to help them achieve their potential in a safe, inclusive, welcoming and accessible learning environment.

With a staff of 45 the school has the necessary capacity to support the children in their care, however the staff lack formal qualifications.

Recently an Australian volunteer working at the school helped to produce the country’s first sign language dictionary, consisting of images of signs with Kiribati and English translations.



Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry


The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is responsible for the protection, promotion, sustainable agriculture and use of livestock and aquaculture in Laos.

A shortage of technical capacity, in particular in entomology and plant pathology, is one of the largest obstacles facing the Ministry.

Working in partnership with the Ministry, AVID and the Crawford Fund have developed a team volunteering project designed to secure the ongoing quality of crops and produce affected by pests and diseases in Laos. Find out more about the partnership for food security in Laos here.



Universal Progress Independent Living Centre

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The Universal Progress Independent Living Centre (ILC) was established in 2010 to support people with severe disabilities to live independently. The ILC is passionate about improving livelihood opportunities, capacities and life skills for people with disabilities and is constantly improving its service provision.

ILC’s mission is to change community attitude toward people with disabilities and to ensure public services are made accessible for all. Activities undertaken by ILC include advocacy, personal assistance, peer counselling, information dissemination and career guidance for people with disabilities.


United Cerebral Palsy Roda Untuk Kemanusiaan (UCPRUK)


Established in 2009, UCPRUK supports the growth of local infrastructure to manufacture wheelchairs appropriate for the needs of the population, while developing a new skilled profession of wheelchair practitioners across the country. This helps ensure that wheelchairs are available more widely and that they can be maintained using locally sourced materials and service technicians.

Currently there are 29 staff members at the office in Yogyakarta.


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The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP)

UCCP is a faith based organisation committed to a human rights-based approach to development. It is engaged in participatory engagement with communities where they identify their own needs, plans and developmental paths.

UCCP works in areas including justice, peace, children and youth development, community integration and service, and protection of the environment.



National Orchestra of Samoa

Apia, Samoa

Managed by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, the National Orchestra of Samoa is the only of its kind to be established and developed in the Pacific and provides young musicians with a fulltime profession.

The orchestra was launched in 2012 and gives local people the opportunity to learn orchestral instruments while preserving traditional Samoan music, as well as providing a musical education to youth and others who may be disadvantaged.



Ahopanilolo Technical Insitute


Ahopanilolo Technical Institute is an NGO providing technical training to students who don’t fit into the academic education system.

Over two years, students are trained in commercial cookery, waiting and bar services, housekeeping, hotel operations, and English communication. Working in the college’s training restaurant and kitchen, students gain experience in dealing with real life work situations and generating funds to take their education further.



Alternative Communities Trade in Vanuatu (ACTIV) Association

Port Vila, Vanuatu

ACTIV strives to empower local communities and small scale producers through the concept of fair trade.

The association has more than 125 members representing around 4,000 people from the islands of Vanuatu. Its headquarters is at the Communities Sustainable Development Centre, which also houses a shop displaying members’ products, ranging from handicrafts to agricultural products including vanilla, pepper, honey, and cocoa.



Centre for Sustainable Rural Development

Hanoi, Vietnam

The Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) is a leading Vietnamese development agency, supporting rural communities to adapt to the changing environment and to sustainably manage their own livelihoods.  Advocacy, networking and research are among its core capabilities.

SRD implements development projects in provinces across the northern and central regions, with two operational locations – a head office in Hanoi and a small office in Hue – and it maintains an extensive network of consultants and collaborators, locally and overseas.