Connect : Connect November 2014
About Connect Connect is the magazine of the Australian Volunteers for International Development program, an Australian Government initiative. Connect is published by Scope Global, a Core Partner of the Australian volunteers program. Each edition carries a different theme based on a development issue or Australian Government aid program priority area. Contribute to Connect Connect magazine welcomes submissions from Australian Volunteers for International Development managed by Scope Global. We also print stories from Australian Partner Organisations which support Australian volunteers, or from relevant industry bodies who can provide a perspective on international development which fits the magazine’s theme. To inquire about contributing to Connect magazine, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 8 8364 8547. Editorial Team Editors: Sarah Huffam Elke Rottenkolber Jessica Plummer Graphic Design: Maria Phuong Program News and Events Introducing Sri Lanka The Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program will soon recommence in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has made impressive progress in the past five years since the end of civil conflict that spanned three decades. The country has met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving extreme poverty and is now focusing on long-term strategic and structural development challenges as it strives to transition to an upper middle income country. Australian volunteers in Sri Lanka will initially work with the primary and secondary education sectors, aligning with the Australian Government’s aid priorities to support the development of a high-quality, inclusive and accessible school system. Sri Lanka is known for its multi-faith society and the friendliness of its people. For more information visit: www.volunteering.scopeglobal.com Doing More with Devex Anthony Rologas, Senior Manager - Volunteer Program Strategy, recently penned a piece on Devex; 'From policy to reality: Supporting Australians with a disability to volunteer overseas'. Scope Global partnered with Devex in its ‘DoingMore’ conversation around the importance of international volunteering. The article features active Facilitator and former Australian volunteer Ben Clare, who says volunteering not only built his confidence, but also provided career opportunities. The AVID program encourages people with a disability to apply. www.devex.com/news/from-policy-to-reality-supporting-australians- with-a-disability-to-volunteer-overseas-84310 Bottle for Botol Bottle for Botol is a charity organisation located in Australia and Indonesia that partners students in both countries to work together toward an environmentally sustainable future. Founded earlier this year by a group of Australian volunteers who completed assignments in Indonesia, the initiative sees Australian students donate stainless steel water bottles to students in Indonesia, along with refillable gallon bottles. This removes the need for schools to buy and dispose of plastic aqua cups. Bottle for Botol is currently partnering with the AVID program to host their first volunteer in Indonesia – just one example of passionate Alumni staying engaged with the program and contributing to ongoing change. Read more here: www.bottleforbotol.org Any opinions expressed in the articles of this magazine are those of the individual author and are not representative of the Australian Government or the Australian Volunteers for International Development program.
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