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. Check these off your bucket list with Youth International’s South America program

    When traveling with Youth International on one of our gap year programs, you have the opportunity to travel to many different places in three different countries.  Our South America program travels to Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.  During the trip, you will have some profound cultural experiences with local people by taking part in volunteer projects and living with families in home stays.  Part …Read More

  3. We set you up for success

    You are signed up for a Youth International program and you are ready to hit the ground running, eager to explore everything that the first stop on your program itinerary has to offer.  That's a great attitude, but there is one piece of the puzzle missing: Who are the other participants who make up your team and who are your leaders?  When you join Youth International, you are joining a team.  …Read More

  4. Experiential learning earns you college credit

    Yes, it is possible to enjoy all the benefits of experiential learning, and earn college credit at the same time!  At Youth International, we are fortunate to have staff with advanced academic credentials (that is, PhD and university teaching experience), which allows us to design and manage courses that are specially tailored to Youth International's overseas programs.  All the experiential act…Read More

  5. 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