This information is taken from the AYAD website
The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) Program is an Australian Government, AusAID, initiative, that provides skilled young Australians the opportunity to volunteer overseas in Asia, the Pacific and Africa. The AYAD Program supports the Millennium Development Goals and is committed to achieving sustainable development through capacity building, skills exchange and institutional strengthening.
What is AYAD?
The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) Program aims to strengthen mutual understanding between Australia and the countries of Asia, the Pacific and Africa and make a positive contribution to development.
The Program achieves these aims by placing skilled young Australians (18-30) on short-term assignments in developing countries in Asia, the Pacific and Africa. AYAD volunteers work with local counterparts in Host Organisations to achieve sustainable development outcomes through capacity building, skills transfer and institutional strengthening.
Every year, the AYAD Program places 400 young Australians on short-term assignments (3-12 months) in developing countries across Asia the Pacific and Africa. AYADs work with local counterparts in partner Host Organisations to achieve sustainable development outcomes through capacity building, skills transfer and institutional strengthening.
AYAD assignments cover a diverse range of sectors including Education, Environment, Gender, Governance, Health, Infrastructure, Rural Development and Trades.
The AYAD Program is an Australian Government, AusAID initiative and is fully funded by the Australian Government’s overseas aid agency, AusAID.
A Brief HistoryEdit
The AYAD Program was launched on the 28th of August 1998. The goal of the AYAD Program is to strengthen mutual understanding between Australia and the countries of Asia, the Pacific and Africa and make a positive contribution to development. The Program does this through four main objectives:
1. To provide opportunities for young Australians to contribute to Australia's overseas aid program and to gain personal and professional experience in developing countries.
2. To build the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities in partner countries through sharing skills and knowledge.
3. To foster linkages and partnerships between organisations and communities in Australia and those in developing countries.
4. To raise public awareness of development issues and the Australian aid program in the Australian community.
The AYAD Program was piloted for two years until 2000 when, buoyed by the success and achievements of the Program in providing outstanding opportunities for young Australians and positive contributions to development in Asia, the Pacific and Africa, it was decided to continue and expand upon the AYAD Program as an integral part of the Australian Government's overseas aid program.
The AYAD Program was put out to tender and Austraining International was the successful tenderer. Since that time Austraining International has successfully retendered for the AYAD Program (in 2006) and continues to manage the AYAD Program on behalf of AusAID.
The AYAD Program has worked in 21 different countries throughout its history and continues to respond to emerging needs and priorities of the Australian aid program and partner countries.
Want to Volunteer Overseas?Edit
Every year the AYAD Program supports 400 young skilled Australians to volunteer overseas in Asia, The Pacific and Africa. The Program is open to any Australian citizen aged between 18-30 who wants to live and work overseas and make a difference. Volunteer assignments are 3-12 months depending on which assignment is undertaken.
The Program, funded by AusAID, provides:
- Living allowances
- Training before, during and after your volunteer assignment
- Medical and emergency support whilst in-country
- In country support to help you settle in
So if you're interested in volunteering overseas and making a difference, the AYAD program may be for you!
Or register for one of our Info Sessions now!
Frequently Asked QuestionsEdit
I am 30 years of age - am I still eligible to apply for the AYAD Program?
The age restriction of 18- 30 is inclusive, which means so long as you turn 31 after applications close you are eligible to apply for the AYAD Program.
Do I need to be an Australian Citizen to apply?
In order to apply for the AYAD Program, you need to be an Australian Citizen.
Can I undertake a one or two month assignment during my University holidays?
All AYAD assignments are 3-12 months. All AYAD Volunteers are mobilised (go in country) over three intakes per year in March, July and October.
I am applying for more than one assignment, can list them according to preference?
Unfortunately you cannot rank your applications in order of preference. Only apply for assignments you are willing to undertake. The selection panel will place you in a role they feel you are best suited to based on your skills and experience.
Can I email my application to AYAD?
All applications submitted to the AYAD Program need to be full applications and need to be hard copy, paper based applications. For more information about applying, please see Applying to AYAD.
Can you find an assignment which suits my skills if I email you my CV?
The AYAD Program is unable to provide applicants with any guidance in regards to the type of assignment they would be best suited to.
Why are there no assignments listed for China and Nepal in the assignments mobilising in July?
Assignments in China and Nepal are not advertised in all three intakes, they are only listed in two of the three intakes per year.
How can I find out more about the AYAD Program and how to apply?
The AYAD Program holds information sessions throughout Australia three times per year, before assignments are advertised online. Visit Information Sessions for further details. An information pack can also be downloaded which contains further information about the AYAD Program.
Can I create my own assignment?
It is not possible for a prospective volunteer to create their own assignment. AYAD Volunteer assignments are created by Host Organisations and In-Country Managers. Host Organisations identify a need within their organisation for a volunteer and develop an assignment proposal which they submit to the AYAD Program.
I do not have a University Degree - can I still apply?
The AYAD Program aims to send "skilled young Australians" on its volunteer assignments and while most assignments will specify university qualifications as a measurement tool, we recognise the value of professional and life experience when reviewing applicants for a position.
Can I be added to the mailing list?
To register your interest in the AYAD Program to receive correspondance regarding updates about the AYAD Program, click here to register your details.