Volunteer Abroad - Asia

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 semesters.  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-19 is still very fluid.  It is possible that we might have to start our trips slightly later than originally planned.  As always, all of our decisions will be made with the health and safety of our participants being our number one priority. We will never send a Youth International team anywhere that is not considered safe.  As always, we will continue to consult the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the US State Department, and will follow their guidance and policies.

Youth International is offering special flexibility with its refund policies due to COVID-19. First, as has always been the case, if a trip had to be cancelled, for any reason, the full amount of all money deposited toward the program will be refunded immediately. If a program is rescheduled, the participant will have the option to either cancel for a full refund or transfer their program payments to the newly scheduled program.

In addition, due to COVID-19, we are offering full refunds on program deposits up until July 1, 2020 to all participants who change their mind for any reason at all on traveling in fall 2020.

2020/2021 Programs:

Thailand Fall 2020 Program:

  • 25 days in Thailand
  • November 29 to December 23, 2020
  • US$ 4,950 + flights (est. $1000)

Nepal Spring 2021 Program:

  • 25 days in Nepal
  • May 2 to 25, 2021
  • US$ 3,950 + flights (est. $1000)

Fall 2021 Programs:

Asia Fall Semester:

  • 13 weeks in Nepal, India, and Thailand
  • September 14 to December 13, 2021
  • US $10,950 + flights (est. $1900)

South America Fall Semester:

  • 12 weeks in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador (including Galapagos Islands)
  • September 14 to December 6, 2021
  • US $11,950 + flights (est. $1800)

Africa & Near East Fall Semester:

  • 12 weeks in Kenya, Egypt, and Jordan
  • September 14 to December 6, 2021
  • US $11,550 + flights (est. $1900)

What’s included:

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 orientation in Colorado at the beginning of the program.