Global Youth Village Summer Internships 2020


NGO & Institutes

Location (s):

  • United States of America
Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia


Giving and serving is at the heart of the Global Youth Village. The program, from its founding, was built by volunteer labor, with donated materials; through caring people lending their talents as counselors, cooks, nurses, carpenters, artists and trainers. Each year, the Global Youth Village attracts a number of people wishing to intern with GYV or help out as a volunteer.

GYV’s summer internships are full time, residential opportunities. Only those who are able to attend our staff training and commit for the full program dates will be considered. Housing, meals and a small stipend is provided.


Substantive roles with professional development opportunities well suited for internships are available in:

  • Administration (cultural & global issues event planning; scheduling & logistics; communications/social media)
  • Education (sports & recreations or arts & crafts instruction)
  • Hospitality / Culinary Arts / Food Service / Dining Hall Management
  • Health Care (nursing or social work student or recent graduate, or interest in health or social work fields. No license required.)

Global Youth Village 2020 offers three unique sessions for various age groups (ages 13-19). In the beautiful mountains of Virginia, youths live, work and learn in a model global community. 

This is not just a summer program, its a path to global citizenship. Join friends from more than 15 different countries. Imagine walking up the hill after a pancake breakfast with Oliver from Hungary learning about his typical day at school. Imagine in your morning workshop talking about the lack of affordable housing and how it has impacted a friend’s family. During the Global Faces of Leadership series and our 40th anniversary events, talk to global youth leaders who have made significant differences and improved the lives of others. 

Who We Are

The Global Youth Village started in 1979, with a need and a dream. A group of parents noticed their kids had never met anyone from a different country or culture, something they knew was important for young people growing up in a quickly “globalizing” world. They dreamed of a way to bring together young people from around the world to live and learn alongside one another. With the leadership of J.E. Rash, Founder of Legacy International, and a community of volunteers, these parents built the Global Youth Village during the particularly hot summer of 1979. That summer hosted just nine young people. Over the following four decades, with the support of dedicated alumni and numerous national and international funding agencies, the Global Youth Village has brought together over 4,500 youth from 105 different countries.

Over the years, GYV has partnered with the US Department of State and local US community based organizations to bring diverse groups of youths together. From 2006-2014, GYV hosted over 400 teens from Iraq and 300 teens from Indonesia. Since 2016, US Embassies in Egypt, Algeria and the UK have sent over 100 teens. Our dynamic LivingSidebeSide® and leadership curriculums are the bedrock of the experience.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Summer Internships applicants must:

  • be available for the full summer season, including staff training.
  • be at least a rising college sophomore. Graduate students, recent graduates, and gap year students are also welcome!


Deadline: As soon as possible

Cost/funding for participants:

Earning Academic or Continuing Education Credit While Working at GYV  

Many staff have earned graduate or undergraduate credit for work at the Global Youth Village.  Legacy’s administrative staff will work with you and your academic adviser to design and monitor a learning program. Staff interested in pursuing credit are responsible for making arrangements with their institution and for paying any additional tuition. (This option is possible anyone working with Legacy, whether in a paid or volunteer role.)

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