“The Global Youth Village is a hands-on experience in global citizenship. I am confident that you will discover, as so many before you have, that with trust, cooperation and enthusiasm, you can cross barriers of ethnicity and race, gender and religion, and work together for a better world. Come join us for an exciting summer. We’re not only preparing for the future-we’re creating it!” -J. E. Rash, Founder of the Global Youth Village
GYV is a micro-model of the world community filled with the music, laughter, food, arts, and aspirations of our one diverse humanity. Young people not only learn the languages and dialects of our diverse world, but new languages like ‘Change’, ‘Future’, and ‘Tolerance’. The language that forms the basis of all our interactions at GYV is ‘Respect’. At GYV, participants are immersed new cultures, taste fresh new foods, speak new languages, uncover their real selves, and discover that they become the change.
Our international summer program is operated by Legacy International. Since1979, participants from around the world have been coming together on our beautiful 45 acre campus in Virginia. Starting with just 9 youth in 1979, the program has expanded and has reached over 4,000 youth from over 100 countries! Our alumni circle the globe. Global Youth Village is accredited by the American Camping Association. Legacy International is affiliated with the United Nations Dept of Public Information. Read more About Legacy International.