Australian Embassy


Celebrating the Contribution of Australian Volunteers in Vietnam: International Volunteers Day 2010

From 3 to 10 December 2010, the Australian Embassy is hosting a photographic exhibition to showcase the significant work of Australian volunteers in Vietnam. The exhibition, in honour of International Volunteer Day, displays photographs of Australian volunteers and the people they work with and support.

“This photo exhibition is a special way to highlight the valuable contribution of Australian volunteers and their host organisations to Vietnam’s development. I encourage all visitors to the Embassy to take the time to look at these photos and enjoy the unique moments that have been captured of our volunteers at work.

I have had the opportunity to meet and visit many of our volunteers located across Vietnam and have been impressed by the work they are doing and the positive contribution they are making to Vietnam’s development and the strong relationship between our two countries”, says the Australian Ambassador, Allaster Cox.

Vietnam has the third largest number of volunteers under the Australian Government’s Aid Program. All four Australian volunteer programs have assignments in Vietnam, namely the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD); Volunteering for International Development from Australia (VIDA); Australian Volunteers International or (AVI); and the Australian Business Volunteers (ABV).

Over 800 Australian volunteers have come to Vietnam since diplomatic relations were established in 1973. At any given time there are up to 100 Australian volunteers on mission in Vietnam.

It is widely recognised that Australian volunteer placements have had a positive impact on host organisations in terms of mutual capacity development, cultural exchange and the enhancement of professional and personal linkages.

Contact: Ms Le Minh Nga [email protected], Tel: +84-4-3774 0181