Youth International
95% Rating
(16 Reviews)

Youth International

College Credit now available!
Western State Colorado University and Youth International have partnered to offer college credit to Youth International participants. Courses are designed to enhance the existing experiential learning program through complimentary reading and reflective writing. AmeriCorps Education Awards and 529 funds are accepted.

Youth International has been offering unique volunteer and educational programs abroad since 1997. Youth International offers 3-month programs in South America and Asia, with start dates in September and February each year. The South America program allows volunteers to explore Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands. The Asia program takes participants to Nepal, India, and Thailand.

Programs focus on first-hand educational experiences, cultural immersion, and volunteer service work. Youth International participants are able to become globally-conscious citizens with a new perspective on life. Take this unique opportunity to experience a new region of the world and push yourself to new limits!

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Regina
Female
19 years old
Portland, OR

Highly Recommended!

10/10

When looking at gap year programs post-graduating high school, I wanted to travel and be with a group of people my age to learn and experience new parts of the world together. Youth International was promising due to its constantly moving schedule and even though we were never settled in one place for weeks on end, the variety of cities and villages we visited has left a permanent footprint on myself and the future I want to make for myself.

How can this program be improved?

Personally, I would appreciate a female group leader as well as a male leader. For the Asia 2016 Fall Trip, I had the pleasure of travelling with and getting to know two ambitious, experienced, and extremely thoughtful men who led our group through Nepal, India, and Thailand; I could not have asked for better role models/team leaders. However, there were a number of times where I would have felt more comfortable to discuss certain topics of conversation or safety with a female group leader. That said, I am very grateful I got to know the leaders who traveled with us.

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Stephen
Male
19 years old
Manchester, NH
University of New England

Unbelievable experience

10/10

I came into this program looking to involve myself into different cultures of the world, to open my mind to new places and people, and furthermore I wanted to become more thankful for what I have back at home. During my Youth International trip I was able to be a part of different cultures while seeing different places around the world. The leaders and other group members were great. I've had a great life so far, but doing this 3 month adventure was by far the best decision in my life.

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Hugh
Male
21 years old
Denver, CO
Indiana University- Bloomington

Overall Great

8/10

Overall it was a great mix of different things. We had language and cultural immersion with homestays, volunteering, a lot of traveling to different places and countries (Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands), and some adventuring. It was not as "hardcore" as I had initially imagined. We were sleeping in nice hostels, nice homes in homestays and for the most part taking the nicest busses when possible. We only camped for a few nights total. If you are looking for an amazing experience while not necessarily roughing it, this program is for you. For me it was a nice stepping stone to something more.

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Geoff
Male
19 years old
Pennsylvania

Breathtaking

10/10

I had an incredible time on this trip.

It all started with the dedicated staff that put in a lot of work behind the scenes and before the program started to make everything run so well. The itinerary was very well crafted. There was a great balance between home-stays, service work, and adventure.

The main reason though why I liked this program and why I would recommend it to others is because it constantly challenged me and ultimately made me a more confident and mature person.

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Emma
Female
19 years old
Saratoga Springs, New York

A Great Experience

10/10

If I hadn't taken this chance of a gap year, I would never have had this amazing opportunity with an amazing group of people. The three months we were abroad was incredible and I wouldn't trade Youth International with any other program. I had the time of my life getting to know new people and experiencing new cultures!

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