President Judy introduced Chairman Peter Kavenagh who in turn introduced Dr Mark Kavenagh
from Australian Volunteers International. (AVI)

Mark was educated at Belmont High School, Melbourne Uni (Major in Psychology) Monash
Uni (Post Grad) then back to Melbourne University for a Doctrate in Psychology (Education).

Currently Mark works as the Child Protection Advisor within AVI.
Involved in over 25 countries in world from Africa to South East Asian Region.

It can be a 6 mth – 2 Year Placement. Voluntary Involvement, however airfares and Visa costs as well as living expenses and accommodation allowance is provided. 24 Hour Health and Emergency Support is also provided.

AVI is closely associated with the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

As an AVI volunteer you will require:

  • Qualifications or relevant experience within your area of expertise
  • A desire to help develop the capabilities and skills of others.
  • Respect for different cultures
  • A willingness to listen, and learn from other people.
  • The ability to adapt to changing situations.
  • Resourcefulness resilience, flexibility and a sense of humour.

If you apply be prepared to go through an extensive interview process. As a volunteer you will contribute to positive change.

For further information see the website:
Mark’s presentation concluded with many questions being asked. This showed the level of interest by members and guests.