Participation in a Youth International program requires living in and traveling through locations that are foreign, remote, and physically and emotionally challenging.  These environments, along with the activities conducted during the program, require that each participant is capable of taking responsibility for himself/herself, functioning well in a group, and committing to the goals of the program. Youth International is not a therapeutic program and, as such, it is not suitable for adjudicated (court-mandated) youth, or participants requiring regular therapy.

The following detailed Essential Eligibility Criteria apply to all Youth International participants.

Each participant must be between the ages of 18 and 25 years, or be 17 years having completed grade 12.  In addition, each participant must be able to:

  1. Understand and follow directions and instructions given by others, in order to successfully participate in activities and avoid hazards.
  2. Work effectively as a team member, even in potentially stressful or difficult situations.
  3. Contribute to a safe learning environment, employing respectful language and appropriate physical behavior.
  4. Willingly participate in all group activities, including work on volunteer projects.
  5. Demonstrate respect and tolerance for foreign cultures, religions, ideas, languages, institutions, and individuals.
  6. Remain adequately fed, hydrated, rested, and properly dressed, so as to remain generally healthy.
  7. Meet the physical demands of the outdoor activities and service learning activities, including:
  • Walking and trekking while carrying a backpack (approx. 30-35 lbs.) and a daypack (approx. 10-15 lbs.)
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Swimming and snorkeling
  • Conducting manual labor on building/construction/renovation projects
  1. Effectively notify team leaders and/or other team members of personal distress, injury, or need of assistance.
  2. If taking prescription medications, be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without the assistance from team leaders or others (except possibly in emergency situations).