Volunteer Abroad - AsiaAnyone who will be between 18 and 25 years of age when traveling is welcome to apply to join a Youth International gap year opportunity. (*Some flexibility with this age restriction does apply.) View Essential Eligibility Criteria here.

If you are interested in joining one of our upcoming teams abroad, please fill out an application form and submit it to us as soon as possible.

Applications are followed up with a telephone interview. Teams are filled on a “first come” basis for those who are selected. Applications are accepted at any time for upcoming semesters, so early ones do have an advantage.  Once an application is received, Youth International will normally be in contact within one week to schedule a telephone interview.

Contact us with any questions about the application process.

Program Fee:

Volunteer Abroad - AfricaProgram fees per student per semester are:
Asia program: US $10,350
South America program: US $11,350

This program fee covers all program expenses during the semester abroad, including: all meals and lodging, all overland travel, all scheduled gap year travel program activities (including the cost of all outdoor adventure activities and sightseeing etc…), team leaders and in-country staff, all costs for orientation in the USA, educational materials, and other miscellaneous expenses related to the program.

In addition to the program fee, participants must pay for their flights. On average the cost of flights will be approximately $1800 for the South America program and approximately $1,900 for the Asia program.

Volunteer Abroad - South America

The only other costs that the gap year travel program fee does not cover are personal expenses and individual free time activities.  Personal expenses include health insurance, entry visas, and transportation to orientation in Colorado at the beginning of the program.

Dates for Upcoming Semesters:

Youth International’s next available programs will run during the Fall of 2018.

Dates for the Fall 2018 semester: 

  • South America: September 12 to December 4, 2018
  • Asia: September 12 to December 11, 2018

Dates for the Spring 2019 semester:

  • South America: February 27 to May 21, 2019
  • Asia: February 27 to May 28, 2019

The Asia team will travel to Nepal, India, and Thailand.

The South America team will travel to Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands.

View detailed program itineraries here:  Asia Spring 2019 / South America Spring 2019