Involvement Volunteers Association (IVI)
IVI provides low-cost volunteer opportunities for people wanting to travel outside their home country. With Networked International Volunteering, a program of several placements in several countries can be coordinated. Associates in these countries provide local support where possible. Opportunities are available in Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Cambodia, China, Ecuador, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland, Sabah (Malaysia), Samoa, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam, Venezuela and Zambia.
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Most placements run from 2 to 12 weeks. Qualifications are not necessary but they are welcome for certain placements. Individual and group placements are available in such fields as: Conservation, Environment, Social Service, Community Service, Farming and Horticulture, Education, Biology, Animal Welfare, Childcare. Most volunteers undertake a "Multiple Placement Program", doing as many as 10 different placements in different countries over a year.
Most placements do not require qualifications, but special placements are available for those with appropriate qualifications or experience (eg wildlife research). There is no age limit, although volunteers under the age of 18 require their parents' permission.
Volunteers make a Registration payment of A$220, after which a personal program of suggested placements is devised. Further fees apply, dependent on the program. Fees cover the costs of running IVI.
Web Site: www.volunteering.org.au
Involvement Volunteers Association Inc.
P O Box 218
Port Melbourne, Victoria 3207
Phone: + 61 3 9646 5504
Fax: + 61 3 9646 5504
Registration / Application
Application forms are available for download on the
IVA web site.
History: Involvement Volunteers Association Inc (IVI) was established in 1988 as a Government registered, not-for-profit, N.G.O. The head office is in Melbourne, Australia.
Current age range of advisors: 18 to 75 years
Current average advisor age: 23 years
Advisors sent on field projects: 320 in 2000.
Involvement Volunteers Association currently has projects in 39 countries in 10 Regions (Africa: 4, Asia: 12, Australia-Oceania: 4, Central America: 1, Eastern Europe: 4, Middle East: 2, North America: 1, South America: 4, Southeast Asia: 4, Western Europe: 3)