Ria Pillai is a third year Deakin University student studying a Bachelor of International Studies, majoring in Politics.
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We believe in
Interpersonal relationships are central to our mission. That’s why we invest in long term partnerships with a range of businesses, governments and non-profit organisations.
How we achieve our vision
Partner organisations are supported to achieve their development goals. We believe change driven by those closest to and with the best understanding of the challenges and solutions is the most sustainable approach.
Deployees gain professionally and personally and promote greater understanding back home. We believe learning should always flow both ways, resulting in collaboration across cultures and a more informed and understanding Australian community.
Volunteering for sustainable development is recognised and grown worldwide. We believe exchanging skills and knowledge is a highly effective modality and by sharing research and best practice we can help this work expand.
AVI’s presence spans 29 countries right around the world, supporting sustainable, people-centred development initiatives built on relationships of mutual trust and respect.
AVI is proud to manage the Australian Volunteers Program in consortium with Cardno and Whitelum Group, on behalf of the Australian Government. The Australian Volunteers Program matches a broad range of skilled Australians with partner organisations in 26 developing countries across the Indo-Pacific region, supporting locally-led, sustainable development outcomes.
AVI is proud to manage the Child Safe Volunteering Hub, a DFAT-funded project working across the Asia-Pacific region to promote responsible tourism and volunteering and prevent practices that are harmful to the safety and wellbeing of children, including orphanage tourism. The project takes forward DFAT’s Smart Volunteering campaign and leverages the work undertaken by the Australian Volunteers Program to enable change in policy and systems to improve the safeguarding of children in the region.
133 AVI staff members worked from offices in 23 countries to provide worldclass support participants in all programs and initiatives we manage.
AVI provides a highly customisable, faculty-led student mobility service for universities. We work with academic institutions to develop a fit-for-purpose program that ensures students engage in a fully immersive cultural experience and gain academic credit (where applicable), while also providing peace of mind they are supported by robust safety and security mechanisms and experience.
Through the Solomon Islands Graduate Internship Supervision and Support Project (SIGISSP), trained Australian medical specialists assist in the supervision and training of large numbers of returned foreign-trained medical graduates in Solomon Islands, as well as providing continuous medical education opportunities. This work supports the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services and strengthens the roll-out of the medical workforce to rural and remote locations.
JoZaSo is a shared value project between AVI and Intrepid Group, funded by DFAT’s Business Partnership Platform in Myanmar. Through this project, AVI and Intrepid Group combine their skills and experience to support responsible tourism and provide a platform for small to medium enterprises to enhance and showcase a wide range of exciting, authentic business opportunities. Each business owner is a trusted partner, ready to show off the best that Myanmar has to offer.
AVI partnered with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to launch the Farmer Volunteers – Kenya program. The program’s first volunteer was based at a local farm at Athi River, just outside Nairobi. There, he worked with local farmers, producer groups, and rural businesses to develop local capacity and help increase agricultural productivity.
AVI worked with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to recruit and deploy a network of communications professionals in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Vietnam and Kenya. The In-Country Communication Officer Network (ICCON) initiative aims to raise greater awareness of ACIAR’s agricultural research and projects in the Pacific, East Asia, South and West-Asia and Eastern and Southern Africa regions.
AVI Pacific People is the first Pacific-wide specialised end-to-end recruitment service, headquartered in Suva, Fiji. Pacific People aims to secure more specialist, management and senior executive roles for people in the Pacific and build skills through workforce development. It also aims to encourage labour mobility within the region by working with partners throughout the region, while also enabling diaspora to return to work in their home countries.