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Volunteer in Vanuatu to aid long-term recovery

As Vanuatu rebuilds from the devastation of Cyclone Pam, Red Cross is seeking skilled volunteers for assignments that will support community recovery in areas such as first aid, blood services, small business and medical procurement.

Monday April 13, 2015

Vanuatu Red Cross volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly to support families in need following the devastating cyclone that struck Vanuatu on 13 March 2015. Photo: IFRC

"The Australian community was incredibly generous in supporting the Red Cross appeal for Cyclone Pam, and we received many enquiries from people who wanted to volunteer in Vanuatu," says Aarathi Krishnan from Australian Red Cross.

"While we don't send volunteers overseas in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, we're now seeking volunteers for long-term volunteer assignments that support Vanuatu Red Cross and other health and community services."

Red Cross is now seeking volunteers for assignments in Vanuatu to commence in September 2015.

Under the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, volunteers will receive living allowances and other support while they undertake development work overseas.

Volunteer assignments will support long-term recovery and help communities prepare for future natural disasters, as Ms Krishnan explains: "The assignments in Vanuatu will strengthen first aid, train community health workers, set up a supply chain system for medical supplies, increase blood supplies, and support income generation opportunities for women and youth. This is crucial work helping to improve the livelihoods of people in Vanuatu in the long-term."

More than 30 volunteer assignments through the AVID program are also available in Fiji, Philippines and Cambodia.

"We need people with a broad range of skills," Ms Krishnan says. "From communications and marketing to nursing and nutrition to management and human resources, the opportunities to volunteer overseas are really diverse."

New assignments through the AVID program are now open, to commence in September 2015. Most assignments are for 6-12 months.

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Read Cyclone Pam - one month on to find out how Red Cross is helping communities to recover.

Australian Volunteers for International Development is an Australian Government initiative.