Volunteering in Republic of Marshall Islands
The Republic of the Marshall Islands is located in the North-Pacific Ocean some 4,000 kilometres northeast of Australia. It’s a small country, with a population of just 53,000 people, and it’s also one of the two countries in the world entirely made up of low-lying coral atolls.
The Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands are a tropical oceanic delight: its 180 square kilometres of land is dwarfed by nearly 2 million square kilometres of pristine ocean with stunning coral reefs and marine wildlife.
Due to its small scale, limited resources, and its sparsely dispersed population, economic opportunities are limited. The Marshall Islands has a small services sector and fishing industry and is primarily supported by the United States.
Historically, education, governance, and health have been critical focus areas for volunteer placements in the Marshall Islands. Skill shortages are a significant barrier to sustainable growth.
The delivery of the Australian Volunteers Program is guided by the Australian Government’s Aid Investment Plan and the Marshall Island’s National Development Plan to achieve sustainable development through strengthening economic and environmental resilience.
Volunteer assignments focus on a range of development issues, including:
- improved quality basic education
- clean water and sanitation
- women’s social and economic empowerment
- disability inclusiveness
- human rights
- disaster risk management
- climate change
Julie and Peter Wren spent a year volunteering in the Marshall Islands with their two young children. They had a profound experience as a family.