The focus of Youth International is on experiential learning with authentic travel, cultural exchange, home stays, volunteer service, and outdoor expeditions.  Small teams aged 18-25 travel together with two experienced leaders on three-month travel adventures in Asia or South America. 

By becoming personally involved in the issues and needs of the communities you visit, you will be able to give back and also deepen your cultural understanding. We work with local leaders to develop sustainable projects that are community-driven. Some of Youth International’s ongoing service projects include: helping to renovate schools and homes in the Kathmandu valley, teaching English to Tibetan refugees in Northern India, running camps for children in rural areas, and doing conservation work in the Ecuadorian rainforest.

By living with local people in their homes, you learn about their life in an authentic way. On average, participants live with host families for about a third of the trip. Conditions in some homes are very basic, especially those in remote villages where there may be no electricity, running water, or other basic amenities. When living with families, participants are expected to follow the daily rhythm of the household and to help out with chores, meal preparation, or work in the fields.  Most meals and evenings are shared with host families. There is at least one home stay in each country, usually more. When not in homestays, the team stays in simple hostels, or camping, sleeping on trains, in temples, and more! 

Get out there and travel on the local trains and buses, by boat, and even by camelback!  Explore some of the world’s greatest cities, like Bangkok, Kathmandu, La Paz, and Cuzco. Go trekking through the Andes Mountains to Machu Picchu or in the Himalayan Mountains, across ancient pathways connecting tribal villages. Experience some of the world's most dramatic landscapes and diverse ecosystems, including the Galapagos Islands, the Ecuadorian rainforest, and the Thar Desert. By discovering a broader perspective on the world, you also develop a deeper understanding of yourself. Develop mindfulness as you journey with a small group of peers and two leaders across three fascinating countries.

College Credit:

Optional college credit courses are available through an affiliation with Western State Colorado University.  These college credit courses are designed to enhance the existing Youth International program through complimentary reading and reflective writing. You do not need to be accepted into a university in order to take advantage of this opportunity. 529 Savings Plan funds and AmeriCorps Education Awards may be used towards the course fee and the Youth International program fee.

Cost and Session Information

The Asia program travels though Nepal, India, and Thailand for 13 weeks.  The South America program explores Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador (including the Galapagos Islands) for 12 weeks.


Fall semester: September 14 to December 6, 2019. 

Spring Semester: February 22 to May 15, 2019. 


Fall semester: September 14 to December 13, 2019. 

Spring Semester: February 22 to May 22, 2019. 

The program fee covers all program expenses during the semester abroad, including: all meals and lodging, all overland travel, all scheduled program activities (including  all outdoor adventure activities and site-seeing, etc…), team leaders and in-country staff, all costs for orientation in the USA, educational materials, and other miscellaneous expenses related to the program.

In addition to the program fee, participants must pay for their flights. On average the cost of flights will be approximately $1700 for the South America program and approximately $1,800 for the Asia program.

The only other costs that the program fee does not cover are 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.

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