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MR121205 Australia celebrates International Volunteer Day in Vietnam

Australia celebrates International Volunteer Day in Vietnam

Hanoi – In celebration of the United Nations’ International Volunteer Day (5 December), the Australian Embassy is hosting a photographic exhibition showcasing the valuable contribution of Australian volunteers in Vietnam.

“Australian volunteers play a vital role in the fight against poverty. By contributing their time and skills where needed overseas, volunteers make a positive contribution to poverty reduction, sustainable development and build strong people-to-people links” said Australian Ambassador, Mr Hugh Borrowman.

Vietnam currently receives the third largest contingent of volunteers from the Australian Government funded Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) investment. More than 1,000 Australian volunteers have worked in and contributed to Vietnam since the two countries established official diplomatic relations in 1973.

Currently around 80 AVID volunteers are working in placements strongly aligned with the Australian Government’s aid priorities in Vietnam, including human resource development, economic integration and environment sustainability, as well as other priority areas for Vietnam like disability, gender and HIV/AIDS. These volunteers are working on short and long term assignments to support non-government organisations, research institutions, universities, government organisations and private sectors.

“AVID is well-regarded in Vietnam for providing volunteers who bring strong qualifications, experience and technical expertise. It has proven successful in matching the right volunteer with the right skills with the organisations in need here” said Mr Borrowman.
“It is widely recognised that Australian volunteers have had a positive impact on host organisations for mutual capacity development, cultural exchange and the enhancement of professional and personal linkages”.

In 2012-13, the Government’s $63 million commitment to AVID will see more than 1,000 new volunteers deployed to 40 countries across Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Latin and the Caribbean.

Australia has a strong history of supporting international volunteering, which began in the 1960’s. Since then the Australian government has supported more than 13,000 Australian volunteers working overseas.

The exhibition presents over 80 photos provided by Australian volunteers and their host organisations, working all throughout Vietnam. The images capture some unique moments and provide insight into the life of volunteers and the people they work with and support. The exhibition will run 5 to 12 December 2012 in the foyer of the embassy.

Contact: Ms. Le Minh Nga, Tel: +84-437740181, e-mail: [email protected]