New Australian Volunteers arrive in Samoa

The new Australian Volunteers with the High Commissioner in Apia, Ms. Sue Langford

APIA: THURSDAY 02 APRIL 2015: Five new Australian Volunteers have arrived to begin their work in Samoa next week

The Australian High Commissioner Sue Langford welcomed the new intake during a brief orientation last week.

In her welcoming remarks, Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langdon, said “Through your work with Samoan Ministries, organisations and agencies, you will be at the front line of Australia’s engagement with Samoa.”

“I am sure that during your time in Samoa you will further enrich Australia and Samoa’s partnership by building strong friendships and connections.”

The volunteers’ roles in Samoa are diverse, with a focus on building the capacity of individuals, organisations and the community through skills and knowledge sharing. The long term sustainability of the work done by the volunteers while on assignment is a key consideration.

The new volunteers are:

  1. Dr Jane Anderson will be working as Curriculum Support Officer (Development Studies) at the Center for Samoan Studies at the National University of Samoa
  2. Felicity Callahan will take on the role of Patient Care Advisor at the Samoa Cancer Society
  3. David Hatherly will work with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture as the Database Administrator in the Education Sector
  4. Alex Thorogood will be working as Electricity Regulatory Advisor at the Office of the Regulator
  5. Christine Thorogood’s assignment will be Research Officer with the National University of Samoa’s Faculty of Science.

The Australian Government has supported over 12,000 Australian citizens to work as volunteers throughout the Asia-Pacific region since the 1960s. More than 400 of those volunteers have taken on assignments in Samoa to date, and are making a positive contribution to the country’s development.