J. E. Rash, President, Legacy International

J. E. Rash, President, Legacy International

“The Global Youth Village is a hands-on experience in global citizenship. I am confident that you will discover, as so many before you have, that with trust, cooperation and enthusiasm, you can cross barriers of ethnicity and race, gender and religion, and work together for a better world. Come join us for an exciting summer. We’re not only preparing for the future — we’re creating it!” – J. E. Rash, 
Founder of the Global Youth Village.

The Global Youth Village for young people (ages 13‑19) in Bedford, Virginia, hosts  60 youths and 25 staff from 15 or more countries each summer.  They gather to create a living, working model of the global community.  Participants establish deep friendships with people from cultures vastly different from their own. They gain practical skills and knowledge in the areas of leadership, cross‑cultural relations, and conflict resolution and discover how they can make a difference both locally and globally.

Our international summer program is operated by Legacy International.   Since 1979, participants from around the world have been coming together on our beautiful 45-acre campus in Virginia.  Starting with just nine youth in 1979, the program has expanded and reached over 4,500 youth from over 105 countries! Our alumni circle the globe.  Global Youth Village is accredited by the American Camping Association.  Legacy International has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 2013. Read more about Legacy International.



How do you unfold a giant parachute?  With the universal language of Cooperation, Leadership, Communication, Respect, and Friendship.