Volunteering for International Development from Australia (VIDA)
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Years active: 2005 – 2010
Funded through the Australian aid program, VIDA placed skilled Australian volunteers of all ages in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region on short to long term assignments.
VIDA volunteers worked with local staff to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development in the communities in which they worked through skills exchange, institutional strengthening and capacity building. VIDA accepted a range of assignments across sectors that included education, environment, gender, governance, health, infrastructure and rural development.
The program responded to the needs of partner countries in a demand-driven fashion and contributed to local ownership and sustainability.
VIDA commenced in July 2005 and ended June 2010, after which it transitioned into the Australian Volunteers for International Development program, which Scope Global continued to manage until 2017.
Scope Global was responsible for all aspects of program management and deployed and supported 657 VIDA volunteers to 18 countries across the Asia-Pacific region.