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YOUTH CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL
Programs

YCI offers five core programs for students, groups and professionals to engage in global youth development programming:

Youth Ambassadors
YCI has been sending volunteers overseas for over 20 years and the Youth Ambassadors program provides a safe and unique opportunity to volunteer internationally. Projects vary in length, with year-round departure dates.

Working directly with YCI staff, partners and peer educators, Youth Ambassadors implement projects focused within our key sectors as part of a short-term team placement. Experience international development at the grassroots level, develop intercultural communication skills and make a valuable contribution to your global community.

Key Features:

  1. Ideal for individuals aged 18 and up.
  2. Team-based programs of three to 12 weeks.
  3. Year-round departure dates with multiple program, country and sector-focus options.
  4. Rolling sign-up is ideal for gap years, co-ops or summer breaks. You can apply any time.
  5. Countries: Guyana, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ghana, Gambia and Tanzania
  6. Fundraising targets range from $2,500 to $3,900.

To apply, please check YCI's Program Calendar for current Youth Ambassador opportunities

Youth Discovery
The Youth Discovery program is a short-term environmental focused program in Costa Rica for individuals aged 18-30. This program offers volunteers the opportunity to gain experience working on environmental initiatives and community based infrastructure projects. Projects vary from one to four weeks in length with year-round departure dates.
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Working directly with local partners, Youth Discovery volunteers implement projects focused on eco-tourism, conservation, environmental initiatives and community based infrastructure projects as part of short-term team placements.

Take initiative and employ your skills and interests to mobilize local youth, interact directly with the community, and become fully involved in innovative environmental programming.

Key Features:

  • Ideal for individuals aged 18 to 30.
  • Team-based programs of one to four weeks.
  • Year-round departure dates.
  • Program focus on eco-tourism, conservation, environmental initiatives and community based infrastructure projects
  • Fundraising targets range from $1,500 to $2,500.

To apply, please check our Program Calendar for current Youth Discovery opportunities

Youth Innovators
The Youth Innovators program offers short-term specialized projects that focus on a specific programming objective in Tanzania or Ghana. This program is an opportunity for volunteers with an academic or work background related to one of YCI’s sectors, as well as previous overseas experience, to participate in a short-term specialized team project.

Working directly with YCI staff, partners and peer educators, implement CIDA programming objectives, complete reporting and budget tracking, improve your program management and implementation skills and gain valuable international experience.

Key Features:

  1. Ideal for individuals aged 21 and up.
  2. Individual and team-based programs of four to six weeks
  3. Multiple departure dates to accommodate academic credit or a unique sabbatical.
  4. The opportunity to focus on a key sector of interest.
  5. Countries: Ghana or Tanzania.
  6. Subsidized placements, with fundraising targets ranging from $500 to $1,000.

To apply, please check YCI’s news feed regularly for current Youth Innovators opportunities.

Youth Leadership Teams
Youth Leadership Teams are customized volunteer projects for pre-existing groups with specific skills and backgrounds related to one of YCI’s key sectors.

Working in collaboration with our in-country staff and partners on one of YCI’s programming sectors, your group will contribute to a long-term community project while developing personal and professional skills. Your group will have the opportunity to fundraise and raise awareness as a team, develop your skills in an international, team-based setting and implement a specific program in conjunction with our local partners.

Previous Leadership Teams have included groups from the University of Waterloo, Memorial University and Ryerson University, who have contributed to programs in Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya and Panama.

Key Features:

  1. Suitable for university student groups or professional groups of five to 10 volunteers.
  2. Customized team-based program of two to twelve weeks
  3. Flexible departure dates.
  4. Ability to focus on a specific programming objective and sector of interest.
  5. Countries: Tanzania, Ghana, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Guyana.
  6. Fundraising targets range from $2,800 to $3,900 per participant.

To apply, please send an email to generalinfo@yci.org for more information.

Global Professionals
The Global Professionals program is a new program for professionals with development experience and related academic background to engage in short or long-term projects.

Volunteers for the Global Professionals program will be placed with one of our existing partners and have the opportunity for focused partner and volunteer support, as well as programming. Build upon your existing experience, work closely with YCI staff and partners, collaborate with volunteers and interns and utilize your skills in program implementation and project management.

Key Features:
  1. Customized projects for individuals with relevant academic or professional backgrounds.
  2. Short-term or long-term programs ranging in length from a few weeks to a year.
  3. Rolling departure dates.
  4. Ability to focus on a specific programming objective and sector of interest.

To apply, please check YCI’s news feed regularly for current Global Professionals opportunities.