Global Youth Village Program – Summer

Program Philosophy

The Global Youth Village is an International Summer Program for teens ages 14-18.  Our 14 day program, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, brings together youth from around the world, to explore culture, develop leadership skills, and make friendships that last a lifetime.

Teens choose a Focus Area while at the Global Youth Village – either LivingSidebySide® ; Green Your World; Crossing Cultures through the Arts; or Advanced English Immersion.  Participants spend the mornings in workshops, special events and activities that explore these topics.

Afternoons are spent enjoying traditional camp recreation and cultural activities like Sports, Games, Arts and Other Fun.

We welcome applicants from across the USA and the world.  Applicants should be between ages 14-18 at time of program.

See a sample Daily Schedule below. And Click any of the side bar menu items for more details about different program areas.

Here’s a sample daily schedule:

  • 7:45 Wake-up in Cabin
  • 8:30 Breakfast
  • 9:15 – 12:30 Focus Area events and activities (Living SidebySide; Green Your World; Crossing Cultures through the Arts; or English Language Immersion)
  • 12:45 – 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 – 2:30 Siesta
  • 2:30 -3:45 Activity Block #1 – choices include, sports, arts, pottery, hiking, public speaking, journalism, gardening, language, blogging, yoga,  and more!
  • 3:45 – 4:00 GYV Café is open for snacks and drinks
  • 4:00 -5:15 Activity Block #2 – time for teambuilding, giving back to the community, gardening, project planning and more!
  • 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


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.