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Student Sourced Projects

Every student should have the opportunity to experience working in an international organisation during their studies, whether in person or remotely.

These projects help students build new networks, implement theory into practice and build on their personal competencies. If physical travel is not an option, AVI has a number of remote community partner projects which are responsible, locally-led and contribute to the partner organisation’s strategic direction.

Projects are designed to suit a wide variety of study disciplines and skill-sets including Law, Marketing & Communications, Arts, Engineering, Science, Health, Social Science and Environmental Studies. If you see an opportunity you like, approach your faculty to discuss New Colombo Plan (NCP) or other funding opportunities.

View current opportunities

Previous Projects

Mental Health

Enhancing the work of a community health NGO in Fiji. Students worked with staff and volunteers in developing policies around the primary psycho-social issues in rural communitiesand helped develop collateral aboutintervention activities.

Maternal & Child Health

Building on research findings of previous cohorts, students evaluated the delivery of infant and maternal health care services in Indonesia.This included investigating how health care should be promoted and communicated by healthcare workers.

Sexual & Reproductive Health

Enhancing the work of a community health NGOin Fiji. Students worked with staff and volunteers in developing policies around the primary psycho-social issues in rural communities and helped develop collateral about intervention activities.

Advocacy

Working on an action research project in India aimed at building awareness of and advocacy for social inclusion issues faced by a marginalised groups. This included working with communities excluded because of caste, tribe, religion, gender, disability, geography, vocation, sexuality or age.

Climate Action

Students work with community engagement initiatives to encourage appropriate management of eco systems in Cambodia. Includes WASH initiatives.

Disability Inclusion

Inclusion through sports. Students provided support to an Indonesian NGO providing high quality sports opportunities for people with disabilities.

How It Works

In partnership with AVI’s network of trusted and valued international partners, AVI can offer a range of short-term development projects suited to remote delivery and participation.

These projects are designed and led by our global partners, ensuring they are development-focused, and meet the strategic needs of the host organisation whileoffering a real life experience for students.

These virtual projects allow students to:

  • Work remotely (especially with travel restrictions) with a vetted international organisation
  • Gain experience in a sector you are passionate about, without the hassle of logistics.
  • Experience an affordable alternative to in-person student mobility that might not suit your personal circumstances.
  • Develop cross-cultural awareness by working closely with international teams on real-world issues or projects
  • Gain the personal competencies required for a successful future career
  • Receive a statement of service on completion of project to add to your CV
  • Build your resume and develop an international network plus friendships for life

Steps

The Process

We know not every university is able to offer students overseas programs, but that doesn’t mean they won’t support you organising your own.

1

View current opportunities

Browse our current opportunities and when you find one that suits your interests and/or academic requirements, click ‘apply’. Register via our secure Student Programs Portal, provide some personal information, address some application questions and upload your CV. Easy!

2

Video Interview

AVI will assess your application and if suitable, will invite you to submit a short video. This is a great way to upskill and familiarise yourself with virtual platforms. We will provide you with a set of questions relevant to the opportunity. Using your smart phone or other video software, record and upload your response via the portal.

3

Selection and Offer

AVI will consult with the host organisation about suitability and if deemed successful, you will complete some compliance activities and receive an offer via email.

4

University Credit

This is where you will need to discuss academic credit with your university*. While our projects are designed with academic units or disciplines in mind, eligibility for credit willbe determined by your relevant faculty. If you are clear to proceed, we will ask you to pay a deposit. ^

5

Preparation

Project agreement is drawn up and you will gain access to AVI’s compulsory online learning and extensive resource library. You will also be required to attend an interactive online pre-placement workshop.

6

Project Begins

AVI will facilitate communication between you and your host rganisationsand your project will begin.

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