The ideal job – without the pay packet

Physics under palm trees? Jurisprudence in the jungle?

If you crave impact, satisfaction, recognition, Professor Graham Schaffer has the perfect job for you.

There’s just the small matter of finances; the new roles being volunteer positions in an excellent new schemes pairing Australian academics with universities across the Asia-Pacific region.

Australian Academic Volunteers Abroad (AAVA) is a new not-for-profit venture aiming to support the aspirations of universities in the Indo-Pacific by identifying, recruiting and supporting Australian academic volunteers.

Universities in Asia-Pacific nations prepare a wish list for their academic capabilities and AAVA will seek out volunteers ready and willing to make a tangible contribution to building capacity through their new website.

QUT VC Professor Margaret Sheil and University of the South Pacific VC Professor Pal Ahluwalia are patrons of the program.

“We are hoping to attract some of the many soon-to-retire and recently-retired academics to volunteer (with) current knowledge, years of expertise and the skill to share what they know,” Professor Schaffer said.



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