Connect : Connect May 2015
28 Program News and Events Strategic alliance -- international volunteering in agriculture Scope Global and the Australian Centre for Internatonal Agricultural Research (ACIAR) have formed a strategic alliance to target the specifc engagement of Australian volunteers in agricultural-related projects in developing countries. While collaboraton between the two organisatons is long-standing, the deliberate move to an alliance recognises the mutual benefts of engagement through the Australian Volunteers for Internatonal Development (AVID) program. Scope and ACIAR will work together to facilitate the placement of Australian specialists on ACIAR projects throughout the Indo-Pacifc region, where the volunteers will support agricultural producton, market supply and business development opportunites. ACIAR is the Australian Government’s specialist internatonal agricultural research agency and is an integral part of the Australian aid program. For more informaton on ACIAR, visit htp://www.aciar.gov.au/ Young Australians -- Cultural and Community Ambassadors Scope has partnered with AnglicareSA to deliver the Young Australians – Cultural and Community Ambassadors (YACCA) initatve, an overseas volunteering opportunity for young people aged 18-24. Over April and May, the 11 YACCA partcipants spent fve weeks volunteering in Vanuatu, where they shared their skills in sports educaton, health and nutriton, and community and cultural management supportng local overseas communites through the Vanuatu Ministry of Youth and Sport. The volunteers included seven young Aboriginal adults, one Aboriginal Cultural Team Leader, two young people engaged in AnglicareSA’s Elizabeth based youth programs, and a Team Leader who is AnglicareSA’s Youth Engagement and Program Development Coordinator. The intatve is tmely as the AVID program has a current emphasis on providing more opportunites for 18-24 year olds to volunteer overseas, and recently introduced an Indigenous Partcipaton Framework to boost opportunites for Aboriginal Australians to partcipate in the AVID program, alongside other young Australians from diverse communites. Scope is proud to have worked collaboratvely to design the initatve with AnglicareSA, an organisaton which supports nearly 50,000 South Australians in need through programs such as parentng, fnancial literacy, homelessness, Aboriginal services, disability care, aged care, and more. The YACCA Team at the farewell event in April 2015. Alex Basford, who is heading on assignment as an Aquarium Fisheries Advisor with MARS Symbioscience in Indonesia; Luke Barron, who will be working as a Marine Sustainability Program Offcer, also with MARS Symbioscience; and Randal Toonen, who will work as a Community Agriculture Advisor with the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development (MELAD) in Kiribati.
Connect November 2014