Volunteering provides a direct and tangible way for Australians from many walks of life to contribute to the aid program. In 2011-12, there will be 1,639 Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID), including 967 on new assignments, working with host organisations in developing countries throughout Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, contributing to the development objectives of the Australian Government, and partner governments. Australian volunteers share their skills and experience in areas such as health, HIV/AIDS, education, agriculture, rural development, water and sanitation, community development and governance. They transfer knowledge, build the capacity of people and organisations and create lasting people-to-people linkages between Australia and developing countries. Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYADs) are a skilled youth stream forming part of the AVID Program.