In my second year of college, Fall 2005, I was invited to participate in YouthLINC as a volunteer participant to provide humanitarian service in Mexico the next coming Summer (2006). I was told this was an opportunity where I would work to earn a "sponsorship" (that would pay for part of the expense of traveling down to Mexico) by performing 60 hours of service in the local community. I signed up for it and decided to work 60 hours at an elementary school; I helped a teacher in her 1st grade classroom by working with some of the students as well as organizing materials and helping with classroom preparation. I spent 3 or 4 hours a week, on multiple days, between my college classes, going in to the class to help with whatever the teacher needed, for about 4 or 5 months (until I reached at least 60 hours). Then, when the Summer came around our international service group made up of about 30 young high school and college participants, all of whom had each spent their own minimum of 60 hours at local service sites of their choice, went to Ocotlan, Mexico, to work at a school for disabled children, and, separately, an orphanage. Our two projects at the school and orphanage involved both physical work such as painting, as well as social-oriented work, directly with the children. We played with them and taught them. (Many of us, myself included, know Spanish to a certain degree, but even those of us who didn't know Spanish still played and spent time with the kids.) This experience built me up and has made me come to see the opportunities to serve all around me and understand peoples' situations, and have a desire to help them improve their lives.
YouthLINC is a magnet for caring, motivated, intelligent young adults. It gives hands-on, experiential training in how to be a leader and change the world around you. There aren't many places you can get an experience like that.
I have had two children and have personally gone on two of these wonderful humanaitarian trips. The students need to volunteer 60-100 service hours to receive a scholarship sponsored by our Rotary Club in Utah. They work hard in their local communities then give service in 3rd world countries. My son and daughter will never forget their esperience working in a small village on the Amazon. It taught them that it is a big world out there with many wonderful people, just less priviledged that we are. We have traveled extensively as a family but they both say it was the best trip and experience of their lives. Humanitarians for life!
Thank you YouthLINC for teaching me that now is the time to serve. Even when everything seems busy, it is important to take just a little time out of your day to help your friends. There are so many ways that you can make a difference in someone else's life, especially when we work together as an organization. YouthLINC focuses on community service as well as international service. Both are so important because there are needs everywhere.
YouthLINC is a life-changing organization, for both the volunteers and recipients of service. As a high school student, I had my first international humanitarian service experience in Ocotlan, Mexico and loved every minute of it. Serving children with special needs opened my eyes to the needs of communities outside the US and got me addicted to humanitarianism and philanthropy. The wonderfully unique thing about YouthLINC is how everyone works together to first serve locally in preparation to serve internationally. There is an amazing sense of unity among the volunteers and staff and everyone is genuinely motivated to serve. When I have the time and means to do so, I want to travel to their other locales and participate with YouthLINC again. It is truly a special non-profit organization that is long overdue for significant public recognition.
youthlinc is an amazing organization. amazing people are involved with this program. through my trip ive learned to live more simply and love more freely.
I went as a student with the Peru team in 2004, and continued with YouthLINC this year as the Mexico team alum leader to OcotlÃ¡n. Both experiences have been unforgetable and quite life changing. YouthLINC is designed is such a way that the participants are submerged in service (both locally and abroad) so much that life styles are changed, cultures are connected, appreciation is created and lives are enhanced permanently.
There is a place in my heart that I keep life- changing experiences. Only a few events are kept there. My wedding day, the birth of my children and my experience with Youthlinc. I was able to participate in some of the most selfless service. It changed my global perspective on humanity. I gained a greater love for the human race.
As I have volunteered with YouthLINC for the past several years in various capacities, I am constantly amazed at how this program truly changes lives. By combining the elements of local and international service, student participants develop a lifelong passion for humanitarian work. Because of my participation with YouthLINC, I have learned countless important life skills: love, service, leadership, and teamwork.
My experience as a member of the 2008 Peru YouthLinc team was one of the most amazing opportunities I have ever had. As I worked throughout the year as a regular volunteer, I learned to love serving others. Getting outside of myself and working on making someone else's load lighter became addicting! I fell in love with Peru and its beautiful people . . . I still think about it often. Today, I'm driven to help as many people as I can, whether it be locally or internationally. YouthLinc changed my life and I'm so grateful for the chance this program gave me.
I have been to Peru, Mexico, opened to the Thailand site, and have participated in some way or another in every local and international aspect of the program and I can say that the organization has a truly wonderful and inspirational mission. The idea of creating a service ethic in a young person is world changing and has exponential potential for good. I adore YouthLINC's mission, the people invovled, the wonderful partners world-wide, and the general blessing these things have been in my life.
I am so thankful for the experience i had in Meru, Kenya because of YouthLINC. I got to experience something that most people never get to in their lifetimes- seeing people living in third world conditions with smiles on their faces. Although we were disorganized sometimes, everything seemed to come together at the end of the day. I loved this organization because each member of the team was invested in the projects due to the monthly meetings and local service requirements. I will always remember the children I met and how much they loved having their pictures taken!
The experience I had with Youthlinc was the most rewarding of anything I've ever done in my life. They are a great organization that is organized, efficient, productive and offer life altering experiences. Every student that participates in youthlinc receives a sponosrship to help pay for their trip. They want to help youth participate in great things!Also each student is required to complete local service hours that get them involved in service throughout their community. My trip to Peru with Youthlinc is something I will never forget. It has motivated me to continue serving. You won't find a better humanitarian organization out there.
I loved my experience with YouthLinc, and it helped me decide to become a Registered Nurse. In fact, today I was telling someone about my experieces with YouthLinc when I went to Kenya 8 years ago. Definitely a life altering experience, and you couldn't find a better group of people to work with! Amazing!
YouthLINC is an amazing program that provides opportunities to serve locally as well as internationally. Through this experience I developed a habit of service and really made it a part of my life. I learned that there are people everywhere to serve and if you make it your lifestyle there is no greater happiness.
As a mentor and Youthlinc trip leader it has been my pleasure to experience the growth and awe of dozens of youth from around the state of Utah. The experience is one of hands on development of community, skills and knowledge. Students have the amazing opportunity to make a difference in their own community and then become a part of less fortuante communities world wide. To be touched in such a way at such a young age truly binds most students to lifelong service that is rewarding, fun and makes a positive difference at home and abroad. I commend Youthlinc for its persistent work toward a positive human connection at home and afar.
I wasn't sure I wanted to go to Peru, I didn't speak Spanish and I didn't know what to expect. All I can say is that I made the right decision. I had an amazing time learning about a new part of the world. I loved being able to help those abroad and learn about myself. I wish I could go on all of their trips!
YouthLINC gave me a great opportunity to utilize the business concepts I had been learning in the classroom in order to help create micro-enterprise loan lessons for women throughout the world. YouthLINC offers an incredible outlet for young people to get involved with service in their community, but don't quite know how to direct their desires to serve in an effective way. The organization really focuses on people, and looks to not only better those in our communities and the international community, but also to better the students involved in service. My international trip with YouthLINC to Thailand opened my eyes more fully to the realities of life. I was so grateful to have been able to help individuals in many aspects of their lives; we helped them economically, we helped them how they could be more healthy and take care of themselves, we helped them to rebuild their infrastructure, and we helped them to remember the good that comes from laughter and a helping hand. I would definitely recommend YouthLINC to anyone wanting to make an impact beyond their direct scope of life.