Scholarships for U.S. Change Makers
Apply by April 20th
2021 International Youth Summit in Virginia
Escape to the country: build a community with new friends around peace building and environmental sustainability.
Virtual Global Youth Village
We fuse innovative curriculum in dialogue and leadership for fun on-line learning with peers from 18+ countries!
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What is Global Youth Village?

Every summer since 1979, young people ages 15-19 and staff from more than 15 countries have gathered in Bedford Virginia to form a living working model of the global community. Here in a traditional summer camp setting, lifelong friendships are formed based on respect as a standard of human interaction. At GYV, we see young people as integral players and we provide hands-on leadership training so they can build a future full of hope, creativity, and sustainability. In this unique setting, youths meet changemakers addressing pressing global topics and focus on generating solutions and personal commitments. The Global Youth Village is a project of Legacy International, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with special consultative status with the UN ECOSOC council. It is accredited by the American Camping Association.

Youth Experience

Staff Experience


Internationals - July 5-25, 2021

US students - July 6-21, 2021 (option of a 4 day program in Washington DC July 21-25)

Interested in joining virtual GYV? 

Three week program July 12 to August 5, 2021

12 hours asynchronous work per week, 6-8 hours of synchronous work per week.  Over 18 different countries represented.

Countdown to Summer 2021

Founder's Letter

Read thoughts from our Founder and President

Our History

Global Youth Village has a 40 year track record

What we Believe

We believe in idealism, vision and action

Our Curriculum

 LivingSidebySide® curriculum builds lifelong skills

Parent Info

Learn why parents choose Global Youth Village


“GYV was perfect. I gained a world perspective and learned so much.”

“I learned how to talk to people, how to ask them about their culture, how to discuss complex subjects and how to disagree but still remain friends. To me, that is the first step towards peace.”

“ I gained so much confidence at Global Youth Village.”

“I made a plan to return to Turkey and engage peers in greenhouse renovation projects.”

“It was a chance to share my thoughts and come to my own conclusions without feeling overwhelmed by media pundits.”

“I loved living close to nature”