Volunteering thrives as people reach out
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.’’