Volunteering in eSwatini

eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) is a land-locked kingdom wedged between South Africa and Mozambique.

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Australian volunteer Jo Wing Lam Leung with clients at Cheshire Homes, eSwatini.
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Weaving using traditional technique at Gone Rural, a program partner.
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Scenery near Gone Rural, a program partner in eSwatini.
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Wheelchair basketball in action at Cheshire Homes, eSwatini.
eSwatini wheelchair basktball player Thobani Zikalala at program partner, Cheshire Homes.
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Anissa Dove (left), Australian volunteer social development coordinator and Nellie Sihlongonyane, Community Liaison Officer at Gone Rural.

A spectacular safari destination, rich in traditional local culture, eSwatini offers a unique experience in which to make a meaningful difference.

eSwatini grapples with a range of development challenges, including such as poverty, education, and health, particularly HIV and AIDS. eSwatini’s average life expectancy is the lowest in the world, according to the UN DESA.

The Australian Volunteers Program is guided by the Australian Government’s Aid Investment Plan for eSwatini and volunteer assignments focus on a range of development issues, including:

  • gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • violence against women and girls
  • education (including science)
  • youth
  • good governance
  • working with people with disabilities
  • human rights (including for LGBTQI+)
  • environmental management
  • strengthening institutions that promote stability, democracy and the rule of law