1. Experiential learning earns you college credit

    Yes, it is possible to enjoy all the benefits of experiential learning, and earn college credit at the same time!  At Youth International, we are fortunate to have staff with advanced academic credentials (that is, PhD and university teaching experience), which allows us to design and manage courses that are specially tailored to Youth International's overseas programs.  All the experiential act…Read More

  2. Boost you travel readiness with these 5 tips

    You have your basic gap year travel itinerary set and plane tickets bought... So what can you do now to better prepare yourself for your trip? 1. Read, read, read. You will probably want to purchase a guidebook from your favorite series. (I often travel with a Lonely Planet guidebook). But in the early planning stages, I go to my local library and check out a number of other guidebooks to compare …Read More

  3. Benefits of joining an organized gap year program

    Are you trying to decide whether to travel solo on your gap year, or to join an organized gap year program like Youth International?  Traveling solo can be a lot of fun, and you can gain particular skills by going that route.  There are certain tangible benefits, though, that come from joining an organized gap year program. Joining a reputable, accredited gap year program like Youth Internationa…Read More

  4. Visit the 2019 USA Gap Year Fairs

    Making choices about how to spend your gap year is difficult.  You have just this one year off, and you want to maximize it, right?  There are many choices to make: work, intern, travel, volunteer?  Stay in North America or travel abroad?  A great place to start your search is at the USA Gap Year Fairs, which take place between January and March every year in cities across the United States. …Read More

  5. Speak Spanish in real life situations

    At Youth International, we believe in experiential learning--- learning by doing.  That is true of all aspects of the intense cultural exchange that you will experience on a Youth International gap semester in South America.  Perhaps the most tangible take-away from this approach to learning is in language acquisition.  Participants join a Youth International gap semester with all levels of Spa…Read More

  6. Leading the way in experiential learning

    If you are looking into options for your gap semester, you will know that there are many programs to chose from.  How do you pick the program that is right for you?  Consider location, length, cost, group size, and details of what you will actually be doing on a day-to-day basis.  Youth International has over twenty years of experience organizing small group travel experiences that connect stud…Read More

  7. Gap Year Benefits

    Recent research has shown that the benefits of a gap year are profound and extend across multiple areas.  See, for example, Joe O'Shea's book, Gap Year: How Delaying College Changes People in Ways the World Needs, which reports that student performance in college improves for those who have taken a gap year, especially for those students who are on the lower end of the grade distribution when t…Read More

  8. Get out there and do some good things

    If you have been wanting to get involved in volunteer work without the long-term commitment of a volunteer placement, then Youth International could be a good fit for you.  When you join a Youth International gap semester, you spend about a third of your time overseas taking part in a variety of ongoing volunteer projects.  These typically include teaching and running activities for children, an…Read More

  9. Your pathway to lifelong learning

    If you are considering taking a gap year that involves travel and volunteering overseas, you should consider the opportunities offered by Youth International. Youth International has over twenty years of experience as a leader in the field of gap year travel.  Now is the perfect time to look into the details of the travel itineraries that are being offered during the fall of 2018 or even the spri…Read More

  10. A Gap Year Program Can Change Your Life

    People often talk about "life changing" experiences, such as a conversation with a famous person, or doing something very stressful or scary that challenges their courage. If you've often wondered what it would be like to have one of those experiences, it's not too late to discover one. At Youth International, we don't promise that your life will be dramatically altered or that a major shift will …Read More