- Published: 22 May 2009
The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) Program is an Australian Government, AusAID initiative which supports skilled young Australians who want to live, work and make a difference in the Asia Pacific region. AYADs work with local Host Organisations and Australian Partners to achieve sustainable development through capacity building, skills exchange and institutional strengthening.
Working through the AYAD Program is inspiring, challenging and rewarding. There are assignments in health, gender, education, environment, governance, infrastructure and rural development. With over 400 assignments each year to 20 countries there's something to suit everyone. So if you're 18-30 and interested in a fully funded assignment to work in the Asia Pacific for 3-12 months visit the AYAD website to find your inspiration!
AYAD sends volunteers to Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka*, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
* The AYAD Program is currently suspended in Sri Lanka due to security concerns.
You can read reports on previous assignments in the quarterly Exchange Magazine at the AYAD website. Previous assignment reports include:
White Ribbons in Mongolia
A Healthier Future for Bangladesh
Raising Lotus Flowers
The power of butchers’ paper