Australian Volunteers International

Australian volunteer Callum Andrews after playing football with (L-R) Jonas (community counterpart), Rashly Aru (Ni Vanuatu volunteer), Daniel (community counterpart), Fatumine village, Tanna Island, Tafea province, Vanuatu. In the village, the volunteers are working with local community counterparts to build two school classroom extensions. Each Australian volunteer also teams up with several Ni Vanuatu volunteers to work on community identified projects, with topics such as health and sanitation, leadership and sport skills, baking cake and personal budgeting.

August 23, 2023

Introducing UniGO: Exciting new partnership with UTAS

AVI announced as implementing partner for the University of Tasmania’s flagship UniGO program.

AVI was established in 1951 as a student volunteering organisation with a focus on creating ethical cross-cultural opportunities which would contribute to sustainable, locally-led change.  We’re excited to announce that we have been selected as the implementing partner for the University of Tasmania’s new flagship University Global Opportunity (UniGO) program, a fully-funded program enabling students from different faculties to immerse themselves in locally-led sustainability solutions in South-East Asia.  

In January 2024, AVI will help mobilise 240 UTAS students from different faculties on three-week cultural immersion programs in either Indonesia, Malaysia or Vietnam, where they will be engaging with local organisations involved in the delivery of critical sustainability projects.  The program is in keeping with UTAS’ commitment to transformative education and sustainability. 

AVI is overseeing the program design, identification and selection of partner organisations, risk management, pre-departure program, logistics, in-country support and program monitoring and evaluation. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for students from a range of disciplines to experience these countries from a completely different perspective than being a tourist. Find out more about the University of Tasmania’s UniGO program.

“UTAS selected AVI as our partner for the UniGO program due both their deep experience and logistical capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region and their strong values alignment with UTAS and the UniGO program through their demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and sustainability.”

Duncan Buckeridge, UniGO Program Director

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