Student in a food market in South America

Anyone 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.

If you are interested in joining one of our upcoming teams, please fill out an application form and submit it to us as soon as possible.  Applications are accepted until all the spots on the team are filled.  We accept applications at any time for upcoming programs.  It is free to apply.

Applications are followed up with a telephone interview and references before an applicant is accepted into a program.  Youth International will normally be in contact within one week of receiving an application to schedule the telephone interview.

Contact us with any questions about the application process!


The situation with COVID in the United States and around the world is dynamic.  As it continues to develop and change, we at Youth International continue to stay flexible and adapt to the latest realities at home, and in each of the countries where we travel.

As always, every decision as to where we will and will not travel is made with the health and safety of our participants being our number one priority. We will never send a Youth International team anywhere, or into any situation, that is not considered safe for them or for our local partners and friends.  We continue to consult the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the US State Department, the US Embassies in the countries where we travel, and our local contacts, and we will continue to follow their guidance and policies.

The next program that Youth International will send out will be the Fall 2022 program in Kenya, from November 26 to December 23, 2022.  To view the detailed itinerary for that program on our website click here. Currently, we still have space available on this team.  If you are interested in joining Youth International for the upcoming program in Kenya, please fill out the Online Application Form.

Because of the continually changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we continue to offer very flexible refund policies on program fee deposits.  Please consult Youth International directly for the current policies for the specific program in which you are interested.  Also, if a program should ever have to be cancelled before the start date, for any reason, full refunds would be given.  And we never charge application fees.

From November 2021 forward, Youth International will continue to run single-country programs of approximately one month in length twice every year from late November to late December, and from late April to late May.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our response to COVID-19, or anything else, please contact us directly at any time by email at: or by phone at: 720-270-3323.



  • November 26 to December 23, 2022
  • US $5,550 + flights (est. $1100)


  • April 26 to May 25, 2023
  • US $4,950 + flights (est. $1100)


The program fee covers all program expenses during the time abroad, including: all meals and lodging, all overland travel, all scheduled program activities (including all expeditions, outdoor adventure activities, and sightseeing), team leaders and in-country staff, all costs for orientation in the USA, educational materials, and other miscellaneous program expenses.

The only costs not covered by the program fee are flight costs and personal expenses and individual free time activities. Personal expenses include: health insurance, entry visas, and transportation to and from home and our orientation city in the USA.