How we're responding to COVID-19

We're committed to international volunteering and supporting our valued partners in 26 countries across the Indo-Pacific.

Following the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, the Australian Volunteers Program has adapted the way we support our valued partners in the 26 countries in which we operate.

In 2020, we launched remote volunteering, which allows Australians to volunteer remotely with partner organisations overseas and continue to help them to achieve their goals. The initiative has been a valuable tool for ensuring we provide ongoing support to our partners during this period.

The program has increased our support for partners through our Impact Fund, which provides eligible partner organisations with small grants towards targeted projects that support their communities.

We’re also continuing to explore new ways of working through our Innovation Fund, which identifies, develops and pilots new ideas and solutions to increase the impact of the program.

Throughout the pandemic, we have supported a small number of specialised in-country volunteers, mainly in the health sector, to assist local responses to the impacts of COVID-19. In March 2022, two years after the repatriation of in-country Australian volunteers, the program has started advertising for volunteers to complete a broader range of in-country assignments once more. This decision is in response to changes to Australia’s international travel restrictions and the evolving contexts in our partner countries. Initial recruitment will be for a limited number of in-country assignments, but we expect to see a steady increase in assignments as we carefully review the safety and suitability of in-country volunteering in each of the countries where we operate. 

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Jake Marusich with colleague Clifton Ruele at the Public Solicitor's Office, Honiara. Photo: Harjono Djoyobisono
Jessica Richardson volunteers at the Vanuatu Association of Sport and National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) as a Disability Inclusion Officer. She’s alongside Friana Kwevira, who won Vanuatu’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal.