The international portion of the Youthlinc Service year is a two week capstone trip in June or July. After humanitarians complete their local service requirements, committee planning, and logistical preperations, they are eligible. This trip is two weeks and consists of travel days, work days, and excursions.
The team will travel together from Salt Lake City to their international village and back. These legs of the trip usually involves multiple flights (both domestically and internationally), layovers, bus rides, and potentially a stay overnight in the airport city before transferring to the village.
The bulk of the trip will be spent in the village for work days. During these days, the team members will be split up on different jobs completing their committee projects. These consist of construction, comminuty health fairs, cultural exchanges, educational lessons, business development seminars, and vocational training.
The Youthlinc approach to international development is based on research and practical experience. Our goal is to help communities become self-sufficient. We help in the construction of compatible and sustainable structures for education, health, and the general well-being of the community. We offer information (in the form of lessons for people of all ages, community workshops or fairs, and professional exchanges) in basic health and hygiene, education, vocational training, and small business development and/or livestock exchange.
We recognize that we are allowing participants into some amazing parts of the world, so before the team leaves, they will have an excursion day. This varies depending on team but can include things like a beach day in Fiji, a safari in Kenya, or visiting an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.
Arrive in country
Transfer to village
Settle in to hotel
Work in village
Work in village
Excursion in country
Arrive in SLC
- Youthlinc ensures that all accomodations are safe for participants.
- Most sites will stay at a hotel a reasonable distance from the village the team is working in.
- These hotels are safe and secure facilities.
- Rooms will consist of 2-4 participants, and will be assigned by team leader.
- Humanitarians and mentors will be placed in seperate rooms
FOOD & WATER
- Youthlinc ensures that all food and water are safe for participants.
- Youthlinc will provide enough water every day for participants to have on hand and keep hydrated.
- All food preperation has been looked over and made sure to hold up to health standards.
- Youthlinc can accomodate food allergies if we are given that information prior to departure.
- It is not reccomended to eat food that is not prepared by Youthlinc approved sources.
Youthlinc works to make all of our projects and time in-coutry as safe, educational, and impactful in a positive way. Learn more about some of the ways we work to be sustainable on our international projects.
Youthlinc works with In-Country Coordinators to conduct site vistits and yearly country evaluations.
Youthlinc relies on In-Country Coordinators and village leaders to provide education and work with the villagers on projects.
Youthlinc focuses on education for project completion, learns and is sensetive to cultural differences and places a focus on buying materials in-country rather than bringing all donations.