1. Addressing the Problems of Volunteer Tourism

    Volunteer tourism or voluntourism has come under a lot of criticism in recent years: the idea that untrained students or tourists go into a needy community to provide short term help.  There are concerns with this model: it may perpetuate the notion of the "white savior", it may lead to dependence on charity, and it may do little to address the root of  socio-economic problems. A core part of th…Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Get out there and do some good things

    If you have been wanting to get involved in volunteer work without the long-term commitment of a volunteer placement, then Youth International could be a good fit for you.  When you join a Youth International gap semester, you spend about a third of your time overseas taking part in a variety of ongoing volunteer projects.  These typically include teaching and running activities for children, an…Read More

  5. 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

  6. Experience Culture and Adventure on New Continents

    The world is a big place, but in today's world, it's more accessible than it's ever been before. Instead of pen pals writing each other every month, you can instantly connect with someone on the other side of the world through social media and video chat. While this gives you some access to other cultures and peoples, actually visiting those countries and meeting those people can't be replaced by …Read More

  7. Volunteer Details of our Gap Year Programs

    If you are wanting to do good in your life, have you thought about a gap year program? Here at Youth International we love to take on people as volunteers to work abroad. We create opportunities for those who want to volunteer abroad. If this is starting to sound more appealing to you as you continue to read, we welcome you to follow up with us online after this great read! Our gap year volunteer …Read More

  8. Looking For Gap Year Volunteer Programs? Check Us Out!

    Here at Youth International, we understand the reasons for gap years. Whether you just need a break before your undergraduate career, or you're looking for a sabbatical before graduate work, you'll find one of our gap year volunteer programs perfect for you. Through travel and cultural exchange, refresh yourself and your mind. We are firm believers that exploring a broader worldly perspective whil…Read More

  9. Our Gap Year Program is Right for you!

    If you are searching for the right Gap Year Program, you have come to the right place. At Youth International we offer many different gap year volunteer programs that you won’t be able to pass up. We can offer you the ability to go overseas and help people in need. Our volunteer opportunities abroad are once in a lifetime and can give you the good in life you have been eagerly searching for. Let…Read More