29 January 2016
New Australian Volunteers Arrive in Solomon Islands
Nine new Australian volunteers have arrived in Solomon Islands to begin assignments with various host government ministries, departments and non-government organisations.
The volunteers are part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in partnership with the Australian Volunteers International.
Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne welcomed the new arrivals yesterday before they formally commence their assignments.
“The volunteers will use their skills and expertise to assist and develop their host organisation in Solomon Islands,” Mr Byrne said.
“They will make a great contribution through sharing their knowledge and skills, 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 Solomon Islands National Council of Women (SINCW), Solomon Islands Small Business Enterprise Centre, Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Don Bosco, National Pharmacy, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Bethesda Disability Training and Support Centre, and Youth at Work.
Around 40 Australian volunteers are placed in Solomon Islands every year through the AVID program.
Image: Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne with the new arrived Australian volunteers