Vanuatu comprises an archipelago of 83 islands extending over 1,000 kilometres in the Coral Sea. The majority of Vanuatu’s 263,000 people live in rural areas.  The widely dispersed population makes service delivery challenging, with one third of people lacking access to basic services.

Australia is an important economic partner for Vanuatu, with strong tourism and trade links.  The Australian Government also supports economic development, education and health initiatives in Vanuatu.

AVID priorities

  • Infrastructure and economic development

  • Education

  • Health

  • Community safety and resilience

“Vanuatu offers a unique cultural experience. It really is the happiest place on earth and you should expect the unexpected! As the In-Country Manager for Vanuatu I enjoy the challenges that this beautiful country has to offer.”

– Vanuatu In-Country Manager, Lou Cochrane


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.