Volunteer in Papua New Guinea

Over the last 60 years, hundreds of Australian volunteers have shared their skills with our closest neighbour.

Papua New Guinea is just an hour's flight from Cairns

Culturally rich and geographically diverse, our closest neighbour has become a second home for hundreds of Australian volunteers who have been supporting development in Papua New Guinea since 1964.

Australian volunteers are placed throughout the country in locations such as Wewak, Kavieng, Goroka, Daru, Kokopo, Buka, Madang, Alotau, Lae and Port Moresby. 

Almost 85% of the country's seven million people live in rural areas, including remote highlands and islands. Being one of the world's least urbanised countries generates unique development challenges.

Australian volunteers support partner organisations to improve access to health services, strengthen governance, build vital infrastructure and promote sustainable economic growth. 

Who are we looking for?

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People with diverse skills

Australians with health, communications and information technology experience are in demand across Papua New Guinea.
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Settlements to suburbs

Papua New Guinea is one of the least urbanised countries in the world. Urban planning and infrastructure development skills are in demand.
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Climate change adaption

Organisations across Papua New Guinea are seeking Australian volunteers who can support them to mitigate environmental risks and threats.
Australian volunteer Simon with Mai a farmer from Munix Village. Photo credit Harjono Djoyobisono
Australian volunteer Simon with Mai, a farmer from Munix Village. Photo credit: Harjono Djoyobisono.
Australian volunteer Elizabeth with Jill Bosro Manager of HELP Resources in Wewak. Photo credit Harjono Djoyobisono
Australian volunteer Elizabeth with Jill Bosro, Manager of HELP Resources, in Wewak. Photo credit: Harjono Djoyobisono.
Aerial view of Morobe Province. Photo credit Harjono Djoyobisono
Aerial view of Morobe Province. Photo credit: Harjono Djoyobisono.
Australian volunteer Maintenance Manager Robert with colleague Kathlyn at the Port Moresby Nature Park. Photo credit Harjono Djoyobisono
Australian volunteer Maintenance Manager Robert with colleague Kathlyn at the Port Moresby Nature Park. Photo credit: Harjono Djoyobisono.

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