Australian Volunteers International


Australian Volunteers International was established in 1951 and is Australia’s longest running international volunteer organisation.

AVI exists to achieve community-determined development outcomes through the exchange of skills and knowledge by connecting people, organisations and communities, both within Australia and internationally.

Our programs are not “off-the-shelf” voluntourism, they are programs where we know the change is wanted, achievable, impactful and sustainable.

We invest in long-term partnerships with a range of businesses, governments and non-profit organisations that flourish into deep and rewarding cross-sector exchanges.

Human rights are for everyone, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, indigeneity, disability, age, displacement, caste, gender, gender identity, sexuality, sexual orientation, poverty, class or socio-economic status.

How We Operate

AVI is committed to

  • Change that is locally owned and led
  • Inspiring, engaging and connecting people around the world
  • Strengthening capacity through sharing expertise and knowledge
  • Building relationships of mutual respect and trust
  • Evidence-based practice and outcomes reporting
  • Supporting, not driving the development process
  • Respect for human rights and a strengths-based culturally appropriate and inclusive approach
  • Volunteering for development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

We value

  • Equity and social justice
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Respect
  • Partnership
  • Solidarity

Read our Strategic Plan 2024-2028

Partnerships Based on Mutual Respect

AVI has associations and affiliations with over 1200 Australian and international partners, including government and community organisations across 29 locations.

This extensive network is critical to AVI’s success in matching skilled individuals and organisations with relevant local programs.

Australian corporate and university partnerships benefit from our network, working with us to connect skilled volunteers and students to community programs where a deep and genuine exchange of knowledge and outcomes is experienced.