Australian Volunteers International strengthened its commitment to the people of Timor-Leste, with the announcement that a number of former volunteers will commence new placements with the Volunteer Program in the region during August.
Following the deterioration of security in Timor-Leste, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) evacuated most of its 51 volunteers in May 2006. As the country works to restore peace and order, AVI is now focused on rebuilding and resuming its volunteer program in Timor-Leste.
Prior to evacuation AVI's Timor-Leste volunteers were working with local government, NGO and community based organisations. Volunteers were based in Baucau, Bobonaro, Cova Lima, Dili, Lautem and Liquica districts on assignments from three to 36 months.
Message from the Maldives
The damage and destruction caused by the Boxing Day tsunami has affected us all in many ways. Out of the devastation came the overwhelming generosity of Australians. This spirit is the inspiration and backbone of Australian Volunteers International.
Like many thousands of Australians, you have probably already donated to one of the numerous emergency relief agencies which sent immediate aid to the affected region.
Fifteen Australian Volunteer teachers have been recruited to work in the Maldives to help rebuild communities devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami.
As well as being experienced teachers, most have experience in counselling and have worked in developing countries. Some have come out of retirement for this six month assignment.
The group was recruited in January following a specific commitment by Australian Prime Minister John Howard to the Maldives. The project is being coordinated by the Australian Government's overseas aid agency, AusAID.
Australian Volunteers International has announced today that it has established a register of skilled Australians willing to assist in the rehabilitation of East Timor.