Supporting volunteers for development
From 2007 to 2013 ANUE provided experts to assist in briefing and debriefing young Australians on volunteer placements in developing countries throughout Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.
Australian Volunteers for International Development aims to foster understanding between Australia and other countries and to contribute to international development. The program enables volunteers to be part of Australia’s overseas aid program, working with local communities to share knowledge and build capacity in line with AusAID’s development priorities.
ANUE helped volunteers be as well-prepared as possible by sourcing a high calibre team of experts and facilitators from ANU and across Australia to brief the departing volunteers on living and working cross-culturally and volunteering in development. The one-day program guided the volunteers through discussions on their assignments, host countries and development issues, and provided them with the skills and knowledge to be effective in their placements.
On their return to Australia, ANUE led a one and a half day debrief for the young volunteers (previously known as Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development). The debrief process is designed to encourage volunteers to reflect on their volunteer experience and the impact of their assignments on both themselves and their host country. It also allows them to identify possible career paths which make the most of their volunteer experience.