WHAT SETS YOUTHLINC APART?
- Since Youthlinc’s inception in 1999, over 2,800 Youthlinc Service Year students have contributed more than 225,000 hours of local service throughout Utah.
- Based on our findings, the best volunteer opportunities consist of: Hands-on service with people, Positive mentoring atmosphere, and a Genuine need
- Research shows that when volunteers make an emotional connection, a service ethic takes root within the individual and that is how young people start on the road to becoming lifetime humanitarians.
- A volunteer atmosphere that is positive and encouraging creates a space where volunteers feel comfortable to ask questions.
- Volunteers also feel appreciated and needed by the organization.
- Students are asked to complete 50 hours of local service. 30 of which at a main service site that demonstrates a genuine need whether it is interacting with the elderly, increasing literacy rates, or raising awareness about water conservation.
- Each team has a medical professional assigned to it
- All participants over 18 must complete a backround check
- We purchase emergency insurance for all participants
- We are always evaluating the international sites
- All participants must travel in groups of 5 and with one adult at all time
- All team leaders have previous Youthlinc experience and go through consistent training
- We communicate with in country coordinators to make sure all logistics are safe
- Each participant goes through tthe training and consultation with the University of Utah travel clinic
INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING AS AN ADULT?
Most frequent questions and answers
Absolutely. We have about 7 adult humanitarians, or mentors, travel on our service year trips every year. Learn more here.
Yes. When completing the registration form, Make sure to indicate in the “Would you like to travel with another participant?” section that you would like to travel with your child.
20 -25 humanitarians and alums are on each team.
We have a team leader who has participanted on a team before, as well as 5-7 adult mentors on our trips. We want to ensure there is enough supervision and mentorship on our teams as possible.
We purchase travelers insurance for all participants in the event of an emergency evacuation.
Youthlinc has team instagrams that are updated daily for you to follow along on the trip. Most teams will also set up a parental phone tree that will notify you when the team arrives in country and in the village. In the event that you need to get ahold of your student while they are away, you will contact the office and we will get in touch with the team leader; and vice versa for students needing to contact home.
Each contry different in where they stay, but rooms are split up with 2-4 humanitarians staying in rooms together. You will recieve more information about accomodations closer to departure.
Youthlinc works with in country coordinators to ensure that all food is cooked properly, to the correct temperatures, and with clean water.