1. New gap year travel program now available

    If you have been thinking about joining our Asia gap year program in India, Nepal & Thailand, or our South America gap year program in Bolivia, Peru, & Ecuador, you now have another option to think about.  Youth International is excited to announce the addition of a new gap year program in Kenya, Egypt & Jordan, coming in the fall of 2020!  There is no other program like this, combin…Read More

  2. Check these off your bucket list with Youth International’s South America program

    When traveling with Youth International on one of our gap year programs, you have the opportunity to travel to many different places in three different countries.  Our South America program travels to Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.  During the trip, you will have some profound cultural experiences with local people by taking part in volunteer projects and living with families in home stays.  Part …Read More

  3. We set you up for success

    You are signed up for a Youth International program and you are ready to hit the ground running, eager to explore everything that the first stop on your program itinerary has to offer.  That's a great attitude, but there is one piece of the puzzle missing: Who are the other participants who make up your team and who are your leaders?  When you join Youth International, you are joining a team.  …Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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