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Winter Break Around the World

Winter Break Around the World

As the weather becomes colder and colder, lots of holidays are approaching to us. Students around the world will have their semester ends soon. If you haven’t planned what to do yet, let’s see how teens in other countries spend their winter holiday. France: where students have the most holidays French teens have many holidays…

Develop Yourself

Develop Yourself

Develop Yourself New experiences help you develop into a stronger, better version of yourself. By meeting new people and trying new things at GYV, you’ll develop confidence, independence and self-awareness.  These things help you become the best version of you!  And when you are the best you can be, you’ll find success in the future!…

Giving Thanks Globally

Giving Thanks Globally

Thanksgiving is coming up in the United States (it was October 12th for our Canadian friends).  While American Thanksgiving traditions are know throughout the world, the US is not the only country that sets aside a special day for saying “Thank You”.  Here is how people are Giving Thanks Globally: China’s Moon Festival – moon…

LivingSidebySide®

LivingSidebySide®

“I learned how to talk to people, how to ask them questions about their culture.  We learned how to work and Live Side by Side.  To me, that’s the first step towards peace.” – Maya Manciagli, GYV ’14  Living SidebySide®  with teens from 15 different countries, you’ll explore different cultures, customs, language and points of…

Experience the World

Experience the World

“Learning about all these cultures was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Through my friends and this experience, I gained so much knowledge and wisdom. ” Gonzo Ocampo, GYV ’14 To change the world, you must first experience the world.  At GYV, you’ll not only experience 15 different countries and cultures, you’ll explore a variety of activities –…

Make Global Friendships

Make Global Friendships

“I made some of the best friends of my life at GYV.” – Ruby Cheresnowski, GYV ’14  Friendship is keystone of the Global Youth Village experience.  Together you will make summer memories that last a lifetime.  After GYV, you will have a network of close friends who live all around the world.  You’ll have friends…

Create Change

Create Change

“At GYV I learned that I can change the world through small actions, right in my town.   I started my own non-profit called New Vision, which uses social media to connect youth from around the world.” – Hannah Potter, GYV ’10 & ’11 There are a lot of things young people wish they could change…

The International Day of Tolerance: communicating, understanding, and being open-minded

The International Day of Tolerance: communicating, understanding, and being open-minded

November 16th is the International Day of Tolerance. As one of the core values of GYV is celebrating diversity, we hope everyone in this diverse world would give each other more tolerance and understanding, so that we can build a world of peace. The International Day of Tolerance started in 1995 when a Declaration of Principles…

Words of Wisdom from a GYV Alumnus

Words of Wisdom from a GYV Alumnus

In a recent interview, Gianpiero Repole, encouraged GYV alumni to stay connected with one another, and remember the lessons learned at GYV. Gianpiero, a GYV intern in the 80′s, has lived and worked across the global, from Bologna, Minneapolis, Istanbul, Vienna and Hong Kong Dubai and now London.  Along with his wife and three children, he…

International Dining at GYV: Chef Ron Takes the Cake

International Dining at GYV: Chef Ron Takes the Cake

By: Gonzo Ocampo, GYV ’14 Chef Ron has been providing GYV Participants with exquisite cuisine for the past three summer. After working as a bus boy and at fast food places, he climbed his way up the food industry, spending 10 years opening restaurants and a total of 25 years in the industry.  Each summer,…

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