Tonga is a Polynesian country made up of 176 islands, 36 of which are inhabited by the population of 103,000.  It is the sole remaining constitutional monarchy in the Pacific.

The country graduated to upper middle income status in 2012, but continues to face development challenges related to its geographic isolation, exposure to natural hazards and a narrow resource, production and export base.

As Tonga’s largest bilateral donor, Australia supports private sector development, health system strengthening and skills development, particularly among women and people with disabilities.

AVID priorities

  • Governance, economic and private sector development

  • Health

“Tonga has a variety of scenery rarely matched elsewhere in the world with dramatic volcanic landscapes, low-lying coral islands, pristine coral reefs and magnificent sandy beaches.

The volunteer program’s priority areas are in building a more efficient and effective public sector, improving the health of Tongans especially by reducing the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, and improving technical and vocational skills.”

– Tonga In-Country Manager, David Wyler


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.