Vol­un­teer­ing thrives as peo­ple reach out

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Careerone -

VOL­UN­TEER­ING is alive and well in spite of higher salaries in the labour mar­ket.

In the fi­nan­cial year end­ing June, 700 Aus­tralians chose to give up $18 mil­lion in po­ten­tial earn­ings to work in de­vel­op­ing com­mu­ni­ties, says Aus­tralian Vol­un­teers In­ter­na­tional.

‘‘ Aus­tralians rang­ing in age from 18 to 80 chose to make a dif­fer­ence in the world by re­spond­ing to the needs of com­mu­ni­ties in Asia, the Pa­cific, Africa and the Mid­dle East,’’ AVI chief ex­ec­u­tive Dim­ity Fifer says.

‘‘ By giv­ing their time on as­sign­ments of up to three years, AVI vol­un­teers not only pass on their skills, they also learn about the com­mu­ni­ties they are work­ing in and are able to re­spond in a more ef­fec­tive and rel­e­vant man­ner.’’

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