1. Addressing the Problems of Volunteer Tourism

    Volunteer tourism or voluntourism has come under a lot of criticism in recent years: the idea that untrained students or tourists go into a needy community to provide short term help.  There are concerns with this model: it may perpetuate the notion of the "white savior", it may lead to dependence on charity, and it may do little to address the root of  socio-economic problems. A core part of th…Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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