The world is a big place, but in today’s world, it’s more accessible than it’s ever been before. Instead of pen pals writing each other every month, you can instantly connect with someone on the other side of the world through social media and video chat. While this gives you some access to other cultures and peoples, actually visiting those countries and meeting those people can’t be replaced by a computer screen and high-resolution graphics. If you have the desire to experience culture and adventure across the globe, take some time to learn about Youth International’s gap year volunteer programs.

Not only will you get to see exotic locales and experience a variety of cultures, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside the people that make up those cultures. You’ll stay in their homes and share meals with them, learning how they live and what their daily life is like. You’ll also travel across the countryside on trains and buses, moving as the local culture does. We want you to have a truly transformative experience during your gap year, and come away with a better understanding of the world and the people that live in it.

If our gap year volunteer programs are something that interest you, please let us know. We’re currently organizing our Fall 2015 South America and Asia trips, so if you’ve ever wanted to visit either of those continents, your opportunity is here. The trips run from September to December, so be prepared to make a serious commitment to seeing the world.