Madagascar was my second youthlinc trip. My first trip was several years ago to Cambodia. There really aren't words for what Youthlinc has done for me in my life. It has truly changed me forever. I would recommend it to everyone! With Youthlinc you are able to be completely invested in your international trip due to the experiences you get to have each month for a year leading up to the trip. You are able to do local service, plan out projects that will be done in country, fundraise, and work with your team to create a successful trip. This makes the trip so much more meaningful. I will never forget the things both Cambodia and Madagascar have taught me. I have learned what true humility is, how to serve, how to work, and how to love. I have learned that we all speak the same language- it just may sound a little different. I have learned that even the littlest things can make a difference and change the world. The experiences I have had thanks to Youthlinc will forever remain close to my heart and for that I will be forever grateful
About a year ago I joined Youthlinc as a service student and went to Cambodia as my international site. It was the best experience of my life and I'm so grateful for it! The organization is very well planned and executed. Everything that needed to happen for successful travel and productivity on site happened because of the preparation and help Youthlinc provided. Not only was serving a phenomenal experience but I was able to meet so many people who will be life long friends and I developed better leadership, communication and responsibility skills. I'm so grateful for Youthlinc!
Youthlinc is an incredible organization. I was a participant for the 2015 service year. I went to Cambodia, and it was incredible. Youthlinc helped me all along the way and they truly do an amazing job. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I had to work with Youthlinc. Life changing!
Youthlinc does such an amazing job at creating lifetime humanitarians and by making a difference in the local community by requiring local service hours.
Youthlinc is such an amazing program and it does not doubt to create lifetime humanitarians. I had the experience to go to Madagascar on a service trip in 2016 and it will be something I will never forget. We got to help kids in 3rd world countries learn about our culture and our language, we helped build a classroom for children to learn in, taught women how to see and garden, basically helped these people learn how to have a more civil life. It was honestly just heartwarming to leave this place knowing we left it better than we found it.
Youthlinc is a nonprofit based in Salt Lake City, Utah dedicated to making lifetime humanitarians. The time I spent in Kathmandu, Nepal with Youthlinc were easily the best two weeks of my life. I made so many strong friendships and learned so much about a new culture that was completely foreign to me. I got many leadership opportunities within my team, and was constantly busy doing construction work, teaching English lessons, going on home visits, getting to meet some of the most amazing families with the most humbling stories. I knew within a few days of being on Nepal that I wanted to continue to serve the international community as an alum leader for Youthlinc. (and I am going on another trip in the summer of 2016) I absolutely love Youthlinc, their mission statement, and the amazing things that they continue to do year after year for those less fortunate than us in third world countries. I would highly recommend Youthlinc to anyone who is looking to serve both their local and international communities, to take on leadership rolls, and to get out of their comfort zone and try something completely new.
- Alice Barnett
I love youthlinc. They are so unique in their program and I love how they are involved in community work and they have an amazing travel program. Such a great experience for any age and I love the adult leaders they have as that lead the discussions and all of the organization is incredible. Such an amazing year. Such an amazing program.
I was first involved with Youthlinc in 2011 when I was a senior in high school. I applied to the program because I wanted to not be so focused on myself and because I honestly thought it would look good on college resume's. I had a great experience going to Thailand and volunteering many hours throughout the year to a local service site. I got back and life caught up with me. I forgot about Youthlinc and it's mission until about 4 years later I got an email from them. I realized that I had not fulfilled Youthlinc's goal of creating a lifetime humanitarian. I also realized that I missed volunteering and being involved in my community. So I decided to apply to Youthlinc again to help open up a new site. I was excited to be a part of the organization 5 years later. I couldn't have guessed the impact that this trip was going to have on me. The organization, kindness, and true desire to help others made me reflect on myself. I felt that this organization wasn't about sending kids on an international trip to go experience the world, but much more. This organization is about reaching outside yourself, at times going outside your comfort level and finding ways to connect and help those around us. You gain different view points from serving others from such varied backgrounds. When we finally made it to our international site I was blown away by our approach. We weren't there to just hand them a bunch of stuff, but we were there to understand the international community and help implement projects their way to further improve their way of life. As we left the village for the last time I felt myself tear up. Coming home I truly feel that Youthlinc didn't give me a fun trip to Madagascar. Rather Youthlinc made me into a lifetime humanitarian.
Youthlinc was an amazing experience. I was apart of the 2016 Kenya team. I loved every minute of meeting new people, building, teaching, learning, and just experiencing things I though I never would. not only did the international trip change my life but also the community service we did changed my life as well
I have had so many incredible opportunities while being involved with youthlinc. I have been able to lose myself in the service of others and develop many life skills that have already become so valuable. Youthlinc has truely changed my life for the better and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to continue to be apart of it!
I absolutely love Youthlinc. My experience working with this program was so fulfilling. Youthlinc taught me to be responsible and passionate. I learned to involve others in my service and help them to feel passionate about the world as well. I feel that I learned so much from the complete program--both the local and international service experiences. After working with various international humanitarian programs, I remain very impressed with the effectiveness and strategy Youthlinc uses in international development. On a personal note, Youthlinc changed and reoriented my life.
Youthlinc was such an incredible experience for me. I loved doing local service at Real Life multiple times a week. Becoming friends with those kids was one of the greatest parts of my year. I loved getting to know my team and team leaders--they were great examples and friends. I went to Vietnam internationally and would not change that experience for anything. The people, especially the kids, I met there changed my life completely. I have never felt so much love and happiness. Never have I been so sweaty or exhausted or laughed and played so much. This experience was more than I could have hoped for.
Youthlinc is amazing!!
This nonprofit turns young people into promising future humanitarians and leaders through service both local and abroad. My personal experience with Youthlinc has been phenomenal. I was a volunteer on the Peru team for the 2013-2014 school year and we spent the year preparing for, and completing a humanitarian trip to northern Peru in a small village that greatly needed our help. We taught English, built a bridge for the school children to get to school, and taught the local women the trade of sewing on a machine to help make money for their families. The village was forever changed!
I love Youthlinc and its mission! I encourage everyone to check it out and to support it in its great cause!
Hello! My name is Aubrey (I'm 17) and this past summer (2016) I traveled with a youthlinc trip to Madagascar. I absolutely loved it. Never before have I had such a rewarding and eye-opening experience in my entire life. Youthlinc's devotion to local service and 80 hour requirement prior to the universal trips sets them apart from all the rest. They require you to spend time serving those around you before you are able to serve those far away from you. Their commitment to consistent service before and after the trips keeps their volunteers on the path to becoming lifetime humanitarians. Instead of having all of the in country activities and arrangements made for you, student volunteers have to help plan them and create lessons to teach over seas. This gives students a sense of responsibility and demands the development of leadership skills. Overall, youthlinc was one of the best things that ever happened to me! Thanks to them I'm on my way to becoming the best lifetime humanitarian I can be.
I love my experience at real life!!! I was so sad to leave and am looking forward to next year when I can come see my wonderful friends at real life! You make such amazing relationships with the kids you mentor and it's very hard to leave.
Youthlinc's motto is "creating lifelong humanitarians", and I believe that it truly does. Something that makes Youthlinc so unique is that it requires students to serve both locally and globally, allowing students to see and act on the need in their own community, as well as creating cultural bridges among the globe. Youthlinc lights a spark in students to want to continue serving both locally and globally.
I had one of the first important and fun learning experiences of my life through Youthlinc. I received a full and immersive humanitarian experience through this great organization and look forward to working with it next year!
I traveled with Youthlinc last year as a service year student to Kenya. I had the most amazing experience with this program. It helped me realize what I can do to help change my community and the world for the better. I love that they require that you serve within your community. Through my community service I learned so much about myself and other people. The international service was just as a amazing! I was able to experience another culture and serve the most amazing people I have ever met! I highly recommend looking into Youthlinc because it was truly life changing!
Youthlinc has honestly changed my life. I never expected it would, but it did. I really feel as though this organization is truly dedicated to making lifelong humanitarians as they say in their slogan. Every time I have had a question I always received a quick response that answered my question. I am so glad I decided to work with this organization, and I plan on continuing working with them.
Youthlinc is such an amazing thing. It really helped me to become a better person and to help out in my community. It has been such a blessing in my life to be apart of such an amazing organization like this.
My experience with Youthlinc was everything I had hoped it to be and more. Not only did it show me that I could truly make a difference in my community, but it also exposed me to a world I had never seen that was much larger than myself. Everyone in this program is dedicated to producing lifetime humanitarians, and it is their passion for what they do that allows them to fulfill their mission. Everyone student I know that has participated in Youthlinc comes out of the program with a new view of the world, and most want to keep coming back because they realize just how wonderful this program is. Youthlinc allows the students in the program to make a difference in their community and personally contribute to a larger cause. I would and do recommend Youthlinc to everyone I know because I know the difference it has made in my life and so many others lives. This is the perfect platform for students to learn more about the world around them and feel like they have personally made a difference in others lives. The connections and relationships made at my local service site, in my Youthlinc team and halfway across the world will last me a lifetime. I can't get enough of this amazing program and know that I will continue to be involved for as long as I possibly can. Youthlinc really does create lifetime humanitarians.