Global Youth Village

To Change the World, First Experience the World

Our flagship 14 day program brings together youth, ages 14-18, from around the world, to explore culture, build lifelong friendships, and gain the skills and perspective to make the world a better place.

LivingSidebySide®  for 2 hours each morning, youth participate in small group leadership training.  Through dialogue, team building challenges and simulations youth learn to cooperate, embrace difference and communicate with teens from vastly different backgrounds.  Art and Environmental themes are woven into daily activities as youth explore topics including: global warming, community health, bullying, gender issues, war & peace, human rights and more.

Action Teams allows teens to put learning into action.  Through planning, organizing and delivering projects that are beneficial to the entire community, youth practice leadership, critical thinking and collaboration in a diverse, real-world setting.

Afternoons are spent exploring new interests and activities.  Two daily activities blocks allows students to enjoy a variety of activities, from sports and arts, to language and outdoor activities!

  • Sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball
  • Swimming, hiking and stream walks
  • Yoga, dance, and public speaking
  • Arts: tile painting, batik, jewelry making
  • Arabic, Spanish, Chinese or Arabic language

Special Events  are appealing for students with a range of interests and include: mountain top day hikes, picnic, community service, debate night, cultural sharing, talent shows, cabin nights, guest musical performers, garden tours and bonfires

Sample Daily Schedule

  • Wake-up in Cabin
  • 8:30  Breakfast
  • 9:15 – 11:30  Living SidebySide
  • 11:45 – 12:30 Action Teams
  • 12:45 – 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 – 2:30 Siesta
  • 2:30 -3:45 Activity Block #1
  • 3:45 – 4:00 GYV Café – for snacks and conversation
  • 4:00 -5:15 Activity Block #2
  • 5:15 – 6:30 Rec Time
  • 6:30 – 7:45 Dinner, followed by Village Gathering
  • 8:00 Evening Program, followed by Cabin Time
  • 11:00 Lights Out in Cabins


Session 1: July 2-20 (International); July 3-16 

Session 2: July 21- Aug 8 (International); July 22- Aug 4 (US) 

Contact Jen Lewis if you have questions. We want every participant to feel at home away from home here, no matter where they live in the world.