Australian Volunteers International

Australian volunteers Ramas McRae and Rebecca Ladd supported Mongolian Association of Sign Language Interpreters (MASLI) in Mongolia as Training Development Officers through a hybrid assignment. Photo_ Henry Smith

September 29, 2023

Hybrid Volunteering Model Commended in AFR Innovation Awards

The Australian Volunteers Program’s new hybrid volunteer model, designed to make international volunteering more accessible to a broader audience, has been recognised in the Australian Financial Review’s innovation awards.

Designed to incorporate the strengths of the program’s in-country and remote models, hybrid volunteering sees volunteers support our overseas partners by combining in-country and remote volunteering phases. By reducing the time required in-country, organisations and volunteers benefit from long-term working relationships, while also allowing volunteers to balance international volunteering with family, work, and other commitments that prevent them from spending long periods overseas.

The recognition of this innovation has resulted in Australian Volunteers International (AVI), the lead delivery partner of the Australian Government-funded Australian Volunteers Program, being ranked 5th in the Government, Education and Not-for-Profit category in the 2023 AFR list of innovative companies.