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.