April 4, 2023
Working at AVI was my dream role, so getting the job offer back in 2018 was very exciting. I started out as the Shared Services Admin Officer so worked with the IT, Finance and HR teams. It was a great introduction into the organisation and the international development sector as I got to work with colleagues across multiple teams and get involved in various projects and programs. One of the incredible experiences in this role that I had was in 2019 when I got to travel to Honiara, Solomon Islands to assist coordination of a conference. I knew then that I wanted to go back.
In 2021 I started a new role within AVI, working on the Australian Volunteers Program as the Volunteer Services Support Coordinator. This was a great way for me to understand more about the Program and the experiences that volunteers have. One of my roles was assisting in our Pre-Departure Briefings for volunteers about to head off on their assignments. This was the catalyst for me deciding to apply for my own assignment and after my trip in 2019 I knew I wanted to head back to Honiara.
2023 is a very exciting time to be in Solomon Islands as Honiara is hosting the Pacific Games. I have been lucky enough to be accepted for a 12-month assignment with the Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport as a Facilities Operations Mentor and am really excited to learn from the team over there and assist where I can in the lead up to this exciting time.