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, and doing construction and renovation work on public buildings in needy communities. You will gain leadership skills, teaching skills, and even some construction skills, while you give back to local communities who are hosting you through home stays. Volunteer service work provides great cultural insight, as you work alongside members of the community and do things the local way.  The volunteer service work is a core component of the Youth International experience.  For some participants, it is the most challenging part of the program, but all participants agree that they learn a tremendous amount about the culture and about themselves by taking part in these projects.