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.
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021 IN-PERSON PROGRAMMING NOW OPEN. ONLY 40 SPACES AVAILABLE
Internationals - July 5-25, 2021
US students - July 6-21, 2021 (option of a 4 day program in Washington DC July 21-25)
REGISTER NOW FOR THE VIRTUAL GLOBAL YOUTH VILLAGE. DEADLINE MAY 20, 2021
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.
“In Virtual GYV, there were no barriers between us. While we speak different languages and have different backgrounds and points of view, we discovered that this diversity contributes to beautiful collaborations that can change the world. “
Jorge – Mexico
Countdown to Summer 2021
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Global Youth Village has a 40 year track record
What we Believe
We believe in idealism, vision and action
LivingSidebySide® curriculum builds lifelong skills
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”