The Global Youth Village is located in the southwestern part of Virginia, a four to five hour drive southwest of Washington, D.C. It is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, on 80 wooded acres with a stream, soccer field, basketball court, classroom buildings, pool, outdoor stage, organic vegetable gardens, art studio, computer lab, staff lounge, and a dining facility.
Accommodations for all staff are in simple wood frame cabins (with electricity). Counselors live in cabins with youths. Others sleep in similar cabins, shared with other adult staff. They are “open space” accommodations, with little privacy. Abundant quiet places around the property typically provide the privacy staff need for reflection and “recharge”, in addition to the comfort of a supportive, friendly community. (A limited number of semi-private rooms are available, which are reserved for guests or staff with special needs. Housing for couples or families is extremely limited. If this is a need for you, please inquire prior to applying.) Centralized bathhouses serve clusters of cabins. Select program areas are air-conditioned. Sleeping areas are not.
Meals are served buffet style, and the entire Village dines all together. The Global Youth Village serves a delicious vegetarian (ovo-lacto) diet focusing on “comfort food” from around the world! Dishes represent various international cuisines and American classics. Special dietary needs can usually be met. (Please feel free to share specific needs or food allergies pre- or post- hire.) Poultry or fish entrees are served on occasion, once each session.
Each summer, GYV demographics vary, depending upon grants Legacy may have received. For several years through 2013, GYV hosted teen delegations from Iraqi & Indonesia. In 2016 and 2017, GYV was home to groups from Yemen, Algeria or Egypt. 2018 brought us teens from Egypt again as well as a diverse group from the United Kingdom. American teens are also an important part of the Village and typically represent varied ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Usually 60% (or more) of the young people who attend receive financial support. Although many US teens come from the east coast, some do come from the west coast and other parts of the US. For many, it is their first time living in a rural setting.
Read more about some of our GYV alumni!
- 8:30 Breakfast
- 9:30 – 12:30 Workshops: LivingSidebySide & Global Faces of Leadership or Global Awareness Level One
- 12:45 – 1:30 Lunch
- 1:30 – 2:30 Siesta
- 2:30 -3:45 Electives
- 3:45 – 4:00 GYV Café – for snacks and conversation
- 4:00 -5:15 Action Teams – plan sports tournies, sharing night, cultural focuses
- 5:15 – 6:30 Rec Time
- 6:30 – 7:45 Dinner, followed by Village Gathering
- 8:00 Evening Program/Special Event, followed by Cabin Time
Staff schedules are designed to allow for team meetings and planning time, when not directly working with the young people. (Sample staff schedules will be shared with those selected for interview.)
General Staff Duties: Most staff “wears multiple hats,” each person playing a role to make sure Village life runs safely & smoothly. In addition to one’s primary job role, all staff participate in the following:
Meal‑cleanup: Each staff member is assigned to do meal clean-up once a day.
Program Support Functions: During staff training and throughout the session, administrative, program, and counseling staff (and some support staff) may be assigned to fulfill various duties:
- Monitoring an afternoon “free time” activity or offering a recreational activity (soccer, basketball, arts & crafts, helping at the pool.)
- Helping design and deliver select evening all-Village events
- Setting-up or striking set for evening programs
- Moving equipment and supplies, setting up for picnics, campfires, special festivals
- Trips off campus for people attending church, or to the airport or train station
- Helping create back drops of posters for special events
- Assisting kitchen, housekeeping or maintenance staff
- Being part of staff team that goes to Washington, D.C. for international arrivals & departures.
At the close of the season:
- Evaluating programs and procedures;
- Planning for the second session;
- Refreshing and restocking program areas in preparation for the second session;
- Cleaning cabins and workshop spaces; preparing equipment and supplies for winter storage;
- Completing inventory reports, summaries, etc.
Staff training addresses the following areas:
- Human Relations: communication and counseling skills, monitoring and addressing group dynamics, facilitation, problem solving, and conflict management skills;
- Intercultural Relations: principles of intercultural relations, daily life in a multicultural “village,” discussions addressing global issues; promoting appreciation of cultural values and traditions.
- Professional Skill Development: global education, experiential education; leadership development
- Other Components: facility set-up, curriculum planning, risk management, health care, and orientation specific to individual responsibilities.
During summers when we offer more then one session, staff enjoy some much needed time off in between the sessions. There is also time dedicated for the staff team to regroup, debrief the previous session, and plan activities for the next session. “Freshening up” the facility is also on the “to do” list! Select staff travel to Washington DC to help with arrivals and departures as well as sightseeing and other educational activities.
- Blue Ridge Mountains (hiking, Appalachian culture)
- Smith Mountain Lake (swimming, boating)
- New River Valley (rock-climbing, tubing, rafting)
- Cities of Roanoke & Lynchburg (shopping, theaters, museums, restaurants)
For history buffs, historical sites are abundant – Monticello, Poplar Forest (Jefferson’s retreat), Booker T. Washington’s home, Appomattox Court House, and more.
- A love for youth, with a capacity to be patient; to be firm, yet kind; be interested; be fair; have good judgment; show genuine concern and interest in them.
- A love for people and the ability to feel comfortable with them and work cooperatively as a team.
- A strong sense of responsibility.
- The ability to persevere – to hang in there.
- The ability to stimulate and encourage people in physical and mental growth and in all phases of human relations.
- A capacity to work hard and maintain good health.
- An ability to make a quick decision in an emergency and involve others as necessary.
- Flexibility, initiative, resourcefulness, imagination, adaptability and a great sense of humor.