Below is a list of just a few of the volunteer organisations working to make a difference for the people of East Timor. If you would like to see your organisation listed here, please contact us via the form under Who We Are.
Australian Aid International
Australian Aid International is an international non-profit,
non-government organisation committed to mitigating the double
burden of poverty and poor access to quality health care in regions
where health systems have either collapsed or are in crisis through
the provision of emergency medical care, general and public health
services and capacity building.
AAI recruits medical and non-medical volunteers. The majority of
its volunteers are on leave from their regular employment, and
include paramedics, doctors, police officers, solicitors, and
publishing editors with outdoor skills.
Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) is a not-for-profit
international development agency that aims to contribute to
sustainable growth in developing communities through the transfer
of knowledge and workplace skill. This is achieved using the
experience and expertise of highly skilled professional
ABV is largely funded by the Australian Government's Overseas
Aid Agency, AusAID. ABV supports the broad aims of the Australian
Government's aid program which are to alleviate poverty and create
Learn more about ABV's presence in East Timor and how you can
get involved at the ABV website.
Australian Volunteers International
Australian Volunteers International (AVI) is an independent
not-for-profit organisation that recruits and prepares skilled
volunteers to share skills and build relationships with people of
other cultures. Their work builds the capacity of local
organisations and communities.
Foremost among the development issues East Timor is faced with,
is the widespread poverty and inequality within the country. In
2004 the GDP per capita was only US$370. Approximately 40 per cent
of the population live below the national poverty line - on less
than US$0.55 per day.
Timor-Leste's economy also suffers from a lack of skilled
workers. Many schools were destroyed in the Indonesian
The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) Program
is an AusAID initiative which supports skilled young Australians
who want to live, work and make a difference in the Asia Pacific
Every year, the AYAD Program places 400 young Australians on
short-term assignments (3-12 months) in developing countries across
the Asia Pacific region.
AYADs work with local counterparts in partner Host Organisations
to achieve sustainable development outcomes through capacity
building, skills transfer and institutional strengthening.
AYAD assignments cover a diverse range of sectors including
Education, Environment, Gender, Governance, Health, Infrastructure,
Rural Development and Trades.
Palms Australia is an independent Australian volunteer sending
organisation with over 46 years experience in recruiting,
preparing, sending and supporting volunteers for work overseas and
in cross-cultural situations.
Palms responds to requests from global communities, in the
Pacific, Asia, Africa and indigenous Australia by sending skilled
Australian volunteers abroad as part of a skills exchange program.
Exchanging skills ensures the benefits are long term and
sustainable for the overseas community and the volunteer.
VIDA (Volunteering for International Development
from Australia) is part of the Australian Government's volunteer
program. Funded by AusAID, the Australian Government agency
responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program, the VIDA
Program places skilled Australian volunteers in developing
countries in the Asia Pacific region, including East
The VIDA Program for East Timor is guided by the principles of
the Australian Government's Volunteer Policy which specifies that
at least 75% of VIDA assignments must be directly aligned with
AusAID priority areas in East Timor. These are governance - public
sector capacity building, law and justice - institutional capacity
and civil society, health service delivery and rural
The remaining 25% are aligned to the priority areas of the
government of East Timor. These are the reduction of poverty, the
promotion of sustainable economic growth, and the improvement of
the health, education and wellbeing of the population.