The team of new volunteers. Photo credit: Rosalie Nongebatu.

The team of new volunteers. Photo credit: Rosalie Nongebatu.

The Australian High Commission has welcomed six new Australian Volunteers to Solomon Islands who will use their skills and expertise to develop host organisations across the country.

This includes an AFL Development Officer who will work with the Solomon Islands AFL to continue community engagement and participation in AFL.

The volunteers, funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Volunteers for International Development program, will work in the areas of health, gender, education and communications to improve the lives of Solomon Islanders.

Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne said that up to 45 Australian volunteers commence work in Solomon Islands each year across a range of Government and community organisations.

His Excellency Byrne says the volunteers are part of Australia’s broader efforts to assist Solomon Islands and its people to tackle development challenges.

A statement from the Australian High Commission office in Honiara said the volunteers will be sharing skills and knowledge with local counterparts.

They will undertake a range of assignments spanning six to 12 months in duration, from supporting literacy and numeracy programs to providing clinical support at the National Referral Hospital.

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