1. Boost you travel readiness with these 5 tips

    You have your basic gap year travel itinerary set and plane tickets bought... So what can you do now to better prepare yourself for your trip? 1. Read, read, read. You will probably want to purchase a guidebook from your favorite series. (I often travel with a Lonely Planet guidebook). But in the early planning stages, I go to my local library and check out a number of other guidebooks to compare …Read More

  2. Benefits of joining an organized gap year program

    Are you trying to decide whether to travel solo on your gap year, or to join an organized gap year program like Youth International?  Traveling solo can be a lot of fun, and you can gain particular skills by going that route.  There are certain tangible benefits, though, that come from joining an organized gap year program. Joining a reputable, accredited gap year program like Youth Internationa…Read More

  3. Visit the 2019 USA Gap Year Fairs

    Making choices about how to spend your gap year is difficult.  You have just this one year off, and you want to maximize it, right?  There are many choices to make: work, intern, travel, volunteer?  Stay in North America or travel abroad?  A great place to start your search is at the USA Gap Year Fairs, which take place between January and March every year in cities across the United States. …Read More

  4. Speak Spanish in real life situations

    At Youth International, we believe in experiential learning--- learning by doing.  That is true of all aspects of the intense cultural exchange that you will experience on a Youth International gap semester in South America.  Perhaps the most tangible take-away from this approach to learning is in language acquisition.  Participants join a Youth International gap semester with all levels of Spa…Read More

  5. Leading the way in experiential learning

    If you are looking into options for your gap semester, you will know that there are many programs to chose from.  How do you pick the program that is right for you?  Consider location, length, cost, group size, and details of what you will actually be doing on a day-to-day basis.  Youth International has over twenty years of experience organizing small group travel experiences that connect stud…Read More

  6. Gap Year Benefits

    Recent research has shown that the benefits of a gap year are profound and extend across multiple areas.  See, for example, Joe O'Shea's book, Gap Year: How Delaying College Changes People in Ways the World Needs, which reports that student performance in college improves for those who have taken a gap year, especially for those students who are on the lower end of the grade distribution when t…Read More

  7. Your pathway to lifelong learning

    If you are considering taking a gap year that involves travel and volunteering overseas, you should consider the opportunities offered by Youth International. Youth International has over twenty years of experience as a leader in the field of gap year travel.  Now is the perfect time to look into the details of the travel itineraries that are being offered during the fall of 2018 or even the spri…Read More

  8. A Gap Year Program Can Change Your Life

    People often talk about "life changing" experiences, such as a conversation with a famous person, or doing something very stressful or scary that challenges their courage. If you've often wondered what it would be like to have one of those experiences, it's not too late to discover one. At Youth International, we don't promise that your life will be dramatically altered or that a major shift will …Read More

  9. Find Out How Our Gap Year Program Can Help You Grow

    The transition from high school to college is an easy one for many students, but others find that either college doesn't feel right to them, or that they feel called to travel and explore before pursuing a degree. Whatever the case may be, if you have the urge to travel and experience other cultures, Youth International wants to help you fulfill those dreams. Our gap year programs are designed to …Read More

  10. Learn Valuable Skills and Build Lifelong Relationships

    If you've just entered your last year of high school or college, you might be giving some thought as to what you're going to do once you've graduated in the spring. There are many, many avenues to explore and goals to pursue, but if you're unsure as to what is right for you, why not take a year and explore the world? At Youth International, our gap year program gives young adults the opportunity t…Read More