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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!


Due to COVID-19, Youth International’s fall 2020 programs are all cancelled.   For spring 2021 programming, we plan to run a 31-day program in Nepal from May 2 to June 1, 2021.  View the detailed itinerary here.

If you are interested in joining Youth International for the upcoming program in Nepal, please fill out the online application form.

Our ability to run overseas programs remains contingent upon the continually evolving situation with COVID-19 in the USA and globally.

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.  We will continue to consult the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the US State Department, and the US Embassies in the countries where we travel, and we will follow their guidance and policies.

We remain cautiously optimistic that we will be able to run a safe, meaningful, and fulfilling Youth International program in  Nepal this coming May.

Because of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we continue to offer full refunds on program fee deposits at any time and for any reason.  If a program should have to be cancelled, full refunds would be given.

We plan to offer additional single-country programs and to resume our 3-month semester programs in the fall of 2021, if the current global coronavirus pandemic allows.

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.

Spring 2021


    • May 2 to June 1, 2021
    • US $4,500 + flights (est. $1000)

Fall 2021


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


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


    • 12 weeks in Kenya, Egypt, and Jordan
    • September 14 to December 6, 2021
    • US $11,500 + flights (est. $1900)


    • November 28 to December 22, 2021
    • US $4,500 + flights (est. $1000)

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 and from home and our orientation city in the USA.