Global Changemaker (GCM) Global Youth Summit 2019 (fully funded trip to Switzerland)



Location (s):

  • Switzerland


We will be bringing 60 Changemakers to the 2019 Global Youth Summit for a fully funded week of training sessions, networking and workshops. Participants will learn skills such as campaigning, fundraising, project management, leadership, public relations, pitching and more!


The 2019 Changemakers will join our global family of young people making a difference all over the world and be eligible to receive grant funding from Global Changemakers.

How to apply

In order to apply you need to fill in an online application which includes a two-minute video describing your motivation and your efforts to bring about a positive change in your community. There is also a 35 USD application administration fee (the fee is less than 2% of the cost of bringing a participant to the summit). 

We suggest you prepare your application and video by reading the application FAQ and ensuring that you have a PayPal account or credit card ready to be able to pay the 35 USD application administration fee.   

STep 1: Pay your non-refundable application fee. 

NB Please make sure to copy your transaction number to paste it on the online application form.​

STep 2: Make and upload the 2 minute application video. ​

STep 3: Fill in the online application form. 

NB You cannot save your application, so we suggest that you prepare your written application using the application guide as a reference and copy- paste your answers directly to the form thereafter.


The programme changes each year as it is designed by Global Changemakers from past summits who co-create the programme with our team to ensure that every summit is as relevant and as impactful as possible. Therefore, we will only share the 2019 programme shortly before the summit.

Here are some of the highlights of past summits which participants may experience as a Global Changemaker 2019!

Peer Facilitators

Global Changemakers is an international youth network with Changemakers in 180 countries and each year we draw from this network and select a group of Peer Facilitators through a competitive selection process. The Peer Facilitators use their knowledge and experience to co-create and join our team in delivering each summit. The Peers form an integral part of each summit, offering sessions, leading activities, providing mentorship and more.

Working in Issue Groups

The summit brings together young people working on issues as varied as climate change, human rights, equality, corruption, peace, mental health and so much more! At each Global Youth Summit, participants are grouped by the issues that they work on in order to learn from each others experiences as well as use their issue to practically understand useful concepts such as Design Thinking Methodology.

Skills Marketplace

No two Changemakers are alike. We appreciate that each Changemaker may require different skills to increase their impact from one of the others. Therefore each year we create a “Skills Marketplace” where we bring in experts on a range of topics from critical thinking to branding, public speaking, networking, fundraising, project management and so much more!Participants choose which skills they most need and breakaway to these skill sessions to ensure maximum gain from the summit.

UN Conference

All coming from different backgrounds and experiences, each Global Changemaker has a unique set of skills. We throw the idea of a traditional conference setting away for part of the summit where the participants decide what they want to learn, source these skills from within the group and then design and lead their own sessions in order to share their skills with each other.

Expert Speakers

As part of the programme each year we invite experts from various fields to share practical, ground breaking insights from the front lines of trying to change the world. From bestselling authors to activists, policy makers, business leaders, campaigners, social entrepreneurs and others from organisations such as Global Citizen, Kids with a Cause, Films for the Earth, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Scaling4Good, Pangea and more.

Swiss Excursions and Leisure Activities

The summit takes place in beautiful Switzerland and each afternoon and evening we take advantage of the long European summer days by organising optional activities such as nature walks, meditation, crossfit, epic frisbee games, juggling and talking until the early hours under the endless stars at the bonfire.

Each summit programme includes a day spent exploring Zurich including a boat tour on lake Zurich and a cocktail reception in one of the cities many wonderful venues.

Enabling Panel and Financial Support for Projects

The summit offers you the chance to learn how to increase the impact of your work, to create innovative ways to further improve your community and our world as well as pitch your idea to an enabling panel for constructive feedback. Global Changemakers is a pioneer in youth-led development and has supported over 300 projects worldwide, affecting more than 4 million people. All Global Changemakers will have the opportunity to get the financial support they need to make their change happen!

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

We are looking for the most inspiring, interesting, enthusiastic, determined, innovative young social entrepreneurs, community activists, volunteers and campaigners who are working towards attaining the SDGs across the globe. Participants should be between 18 and 23 years old at the time of the summit.


Deadline: February 07, 2019

Program Starts: July 14, 2019

Program Ends: July 22, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

If you are selected, your flight (from your country’s main airport), transport from Zurich to the summit, accommodation and food costs will be covered for the duration of the summit. Insurance and additional personal expenses, as well as visas to enter Switzerland (for those who require one) will not be covered.​

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