Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) in Vanuatu

Vanuatu receives 40-50 Australian volunteers annually. These volunteers work in a wide range of sectors to contribute to Vanuatu’s development and to build enduring people-to-people links between Australia and Vanuatu.

Volunteer assignments priorities in Vanuatu

  1. Building resilient infrastructure and an environment for economic opportunity through assignments supporting local businesses.
  2. Improving early education and essential health services, particularly institutional strengthening assignments in the Ministry of Health to improve pharmaceutical supplies and control, health finance reporting and management, nutrition and rural health. Volunteers also build capacity and support improved service provision for ProMedical. Volunteer placements in the Ministry of Education and Training contribute to our support for basic education and scholarships.
  3. Improving community safety and resilience, including placements in Government and civil society organisations focused on resilience and risk reduction to assist Vanuatu to prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters and climate change.
  4. Supporting cyclone recovery and reconstruction, including placements with a focus on restoring livelihoods and supporting economic and private sector recovery.

Snapshot from volunteers in 2015-16

Steve Taylor

Steve is supporting MTO in the development and marketing of the first of its kind bike trail and hike, which MTO hopes to see many attend in 2017 to boost local tourism on Malekula (Malampa province).

Man riding on bicycle down dirt road
Steve Taylor, Tourism and Marketing Officer, Malampa Tourism Office (MTO), scoping the new 2017 Mountain Bike tour.

Amelia Greaves

Following TC Pam and the prolonged drought, Amelia’s work with Care International supports Enarawia and other communities in Tafea province to build resilience, learn sustainable farming practices and address food security issues.

Two women standing in lush green surrounds
Amelia Greaves, Women’s economic empowerment officer with Care International, pictured with Mary, Secretary of the Enarawia Women’s Seed and Tool Bank from north east Tanna (Tafea Province).

Casey Lewis

ProMedical, with the support of Australian volunteers, provides 24 hour emergency services to the two main urban areas of Vanuatu – Port Vila and Luganville.

Group of people with helmets and ropes
Casey Lewis MICA Paramedic/ Clinical Instructor, carrying out rope rescue training with ProMedical Rescue (a local paramedic service provider).

Debra Allen

Debra works with PCV to build local capacity in Oral Health, which includes outreach programs to schools, mothers with babies, community awareness and building local capacity for local nurses. Each year, PCV Heath Service runs health outreach visits to remote islands. Most recently the team from PCV and the Vanuatu Ministry of Health provided health services to over 2,000 patients in 10 days to communities on Pentecost (Penama province), who would not otherwise have had access to these services.

Debra sitting at table underneath outdoor shelter, in front of community members
Debra Allen, Oral Health Education and Trainer with the Health Division of the Presbyterian Church Vanuatu (PCV)

How to apply

For more information, including applicant eligibility criteria, visit the Australian Volunteers website.


Last Updated: 28 February 2017