Entertainment in Vietnam, travel tours: Australian volunteers with the photo exhibition

Australian volunteers with the photo exhibition


(CPV) - To mark United Nations’ International Volunteers Day (5 December) and the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (2001-2011), from December 2-9, the Hanoi-based Australian Embassy is hosting a photographic exhibition showcasing the contribution of Australian volunteers to Vietnam’s development.

Over 1,000 Australian citizens have worked in a wide range of volunteer assignments in Vietnam since the two countries established official diplomatic relations in 1973.

Presently, there are over 70 volunteers in Vietnam supported under the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program. The volunteer placements are strongly aligned with the Australian Government’s aid priorities in Vietnam, namely human resource development, economic integration and environmental sustainability.

Photo for illustration. (Source: www.easyexpat.com)

“Volunteers have a direct and long-term impact on reducing poverty through the work they do in developing countries”, “Over the years, volunteers from Australia have greatly contributed to strong people-to-people links between Australia and Vietnam”, said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Allaster Cox.

Australian volunteers are helping people in developing countries reduce poverty and improve their lives. Over 900 new AVID volunteers have been deployed in 2011 to more than 35 countries in Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, as well as developing nations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

AVID volunteer placements have also been targeted towards the aid program’s thematic priorities including disability support, gender and HIV/AIDS.

Since the 1960s, the Australian Government has so far supported more than 12,000 Australian volunteers in Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa./.

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