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Welcome to AYAD

The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program

Fantastic opportunities to volunteer abroad! The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD)Program provides skilled young Australians the opportunity to volunteer overseas in Asia, the Pacific and Africa. The AYAD international volunteer program is an Australian Government initiative supporting the Millennium Development Goals. Our volunteer work is committed to achieving sustainable development through capacity building, skills exchange and institutional strengthening.

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  • Make a difference Volunteer Overseas.
    In this picture Jonh Doe and friend at the Fantasy Island.
  • "My research could be part of the solution to the fodder shortage in Tibet."
    In this picture: Bonnie Flohr, Crop Livestock Systems Project Officer.
    Tibet Academy of Agricultural and Animal Sciences, Tibet.
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  • "I want to create an awareness of disability and of the rights of those living with disability in Tonga."
    In this picture: Sky Fosbrooke, Paediatric Rehabilitaton Trainer.
    Mango Tree Centre, Tonga.
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  • "It seems that despite my attempts to prepare myself for life in Vietnam prior to arrival, in reality, it is actually Vietnam that is preparing me for life after I depart."
    In this picture: Christopher Button, Climate Changes Support Officer.
    Centre for rural development,Central Vietnam.
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  • "I know the exciting work I have contributed to will continue to develop better health outcomes for Bangladeshi children and the country as whole."
    In this picture: Jessica Bogard, Health and Nutrition Officer.
    WorldFish-Bangladesh, Bangladesh.
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  • "I have been fortunate to work with a talented bunch of people in the NEDA family who helped me understand the way things were done."
    In this picture: David Cao, Transport Planning Officer.
    National Economic & Development Authority Regional Office, Philipines.
  • "It was an eye-opening and humbling year, full of challenges, emotion and adventure."
    In this picture: Sue Lyn Lim, Business Development & Marketing Officer.
    Reef Check Foundation, Indonesia.

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  • Why volunteer with AYAD?


    The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) Program, the youth stream of Australian Volunteers for International Development, is fully funded by the Australian Government and managed by Austraining International. So why should you volunteer with the AYAD Program?

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  • Assignments open


    Whether you're ready to apply or simply wish to browse what's available - each month there are new, exciting opportunities for you to volunteer overseas. Assignments open for applications on the 1st of each month, and close at 5.30pm, Canberra time, on the 21st of the same month.


    View current assignments

  • Teach in the Tropics

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    Develop your teaching career overseas in one of 12 fully funded opportunities in the Solomon Islands. By July, you could be living and working as a Teacher Trainer in the tropics with other Australian Volunteers. Find out more about Education Roles. Pictured is Australian Volunteer Ryan Lucas when he taught 230 local youngsters about fitness and cricket on assignment in the Solomon Islands. 

    Apply to teach in the Solomon Islands

Learn more about AYAD

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    Download an Info Pack

    info-PackDo you want to get a quick and easy understanding of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program? Find out the basics with this handy Information Pack. 

    Download info pack

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    Exchange Magazine

    Be inspired by volunteer stories.
    The AYAD magazine 'Exchange' focuses on development issues and how AYAD volunteers and host organisations are working to respond to those issues.

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    Meet the AYADs

    meeTheAyadsDiscover what our Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development are up to with Meet the AYAD profiles. You'll discover a bit about what the've done in the past and what they hope to achieve. 

    Meet them

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    Host a Volunteer

    hostvolunter-moduleAYADs work in local organisations - called 'Host Organisations' across Asia, the Pacific and Africa for the duration of their assignment.  Find out how your organisation can benefit from a skilled volunteer. 

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