2019 offers three unique sessions for various age groups.  In the beautiful mountains of Virginia, youths live, work and learn in a model global community. 

 Imagine walking up the hill after a pancake breakfast with Oliver from Hungary learning about his typical day at school.

If you are 15-19 years old, you spend your morning in the LivingSidebySide workshop laughing as you explore the difference between dialogue and debate. Gain the tools to communicate with the intention to understand each other.  Then, the Global Faces of Leadership Series  leads you to explore topics including: global warming, community health, bullying, gender issues, war & peace, human rights and more.  Action Teams allow 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.

For 13-14 year olds, the Global Awareness Level One program is  a great building block offering hands on activities to building leadership skills,  cross-cultural understanding and action plans to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. 


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

  • Soccer, basketball, volleyball
  • Swimming, hiking and stream walks
  • Yoga, dance, and public speaking28980921281_7254e42a3c_z
  • 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, picnics, community service, debate night, cultural sharing, talent shows, cabin nights, guest musical performers, garden tours and bonfires.




Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it is beautiful here,  and you will learn so much about other people.  

There is always something exciting to do at GYV.  We provide a variety of activities for students – you can enjoy everything from your favorite sports, to new dances, to learning how to be a journalist and getting published in the GYV Press!

2019 Dates and Rates – Spaces are limited apply today!





Contact us if you have questions. We want every participant to feel at home, no matter where they live in the world.