Voluntary service is fundamental to Red Cross. Our approach to volunteering recognises people's right and capacity to lead their own development.
This year, we are proud to share the significant achievements of our volunteers and partner organisations, through the Australian Volunteers for International Development program.
Our approach to international volunteering
It's time to put local communities and their needs first. Red Cross focuses on people-centred development through government and civil society organisations, as the way to build stronger communities and economies. With many of our partner organisations, services are delivered not only for their communities, but with each community and through community members.
We focus on a few target sectors in each country of operation. This requires a long-term approach: cumulative volunteer assignments strengthen host organisations over time; while multiple volunteer assignments in different host organisations can strengthen their collective impact within a single sector, such as disaster management or maternal and child health.
Here are five principles that guide our approach to international volunteering.
Impact of our work
Philippines: Helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters
Cambodia: Increasing access to health services for the poor
Fiji: Reducing the spread and impact of non-communicable diseases
A study commissioned by Australian Red Cross explored how international volunteering has an effect. Four key findings emerged:
Based on these findings, Red Cross called on the Australian Government to invest strongly in volunteering as the cornerstone of a people-centred development approach; measure its contributions to addressing poverty and strengthening economic diplomacy and civil society; and fund the AVID program sustainably as an integral part of Australia's development agenda.
Read the research report »
Photo: Australian Red Cross/Mareike Guensche