6 February 2017
New Australian volunteers set to commence assignments
Six new Australian volunteers have arrived in Solomon Islands to commence assignments with various host government ministries, departments and non-government organizations.
The volunteers, funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, will work in various areas including financial inclusion, juvenile welfare and legal policy.
In welcoming the new volunteers, Australian High Commissioner Rod Brazier said volunteers are part of Australia’s broader efforts to assist Solomon Islands and its people to tackle development challenges.
"The volunteers will use their skills and expertise to support their host organisations in Solomon Islands," Mr Brazier said.
"They will make a great contribution through sharing their knowledge and skills, and supporting the growth and development of Solomon Islands."
"Through their participation in work, sport and community activities volunteers promote links and friendships, taking time to learn, interact and appreciate the local culture and way of life."
The new volunteers will take up positions with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Central Bank of Solomon Islands, Public Solicitor’s Office, Correctional Services Solomon Islands and the Law Reform Commission.
Around 45 Australian volunteers are placed in Solomon Islands each year through the AVID program for assignments spanning three to 12 months in duration.