Macquarie University’s unique Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) is an active learning program designed to provide undergraduate students with distinctive educational experiences involving experiential learning with a range of local, regional and international partners.

Quick facts

  • The international component of PACE, PACE International , was jointly delivered by Macquarie University and AVI between 2008 and 2015. Under the 2016 partnership agreement, AVI continues to provide on-the-ground services and risk management in some locations.
  • International partners: 40 partner organisations
  • Countries: (2008 - 2015) India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Peru, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Jordan, Philippines and Fiji. 
  • (2016 - Present) AVI continues to provide services in Cambodia, Vietnam Indonesia, India, Fiji and Nepal. 

Partnership aims and impact

From 2008 to 2015, PACE International was jointly delivered by Macquarie University and AVI, successfully sending over 700 students to work with 40 community partners across nine countries.

The program contributed development outcomes in law and justice, education, environment, health, disability, sustainable livelihoods and child rights.  

AVI played a pivotal role in the successful development and design of PACE International and in applying the development approach to the projects, assisting with risk management, volunteer orientation and monitoring and evaluation. In line with the original plans for the partnership, Macquarie University assumed full operational responsibility for the program in 2016.

During the first eight years of the PACE International partnership AVI was responsible for: 

  • the selection of partner organisations
  • assisting in the design of 100 projects, mutually beneficial for students and communities
  • risk management
  • recruitment and pre-departure briefing
  • in-country support and orientation
  • evaluation of the program. 

From 2016 to 2018, AVI is responsible for:

  • in-country student management and pastoral care
  • country and location-specific intelligence 
  • co-ordination of critical incident response 
  • partner identification, monitoring and liaison support