Since 1995, Global Youth Volunteer Network has facilitated international experiential learning trips for youth with the purpose of fostering young leaders who will work towards creating sustainable change in their world.
"Global Teams" is one of our earliest programs and over the years we have facilitated thousands of high school and University students on social justice learning trips all over the world. Today the Global Teams Program is situated on university campuses in Guelph, Waterloo and Hamilton from these locations teams are traveling out to Thailand, Cambodia, Mizoram India, Kenya and Peru.
Social justice education has always been at the heart of GYVN and this is what separates us from many volunteer based organizations. Participants in GYVN programs are first of all learners and our international and local partners are our teachers. We have always strived to find a balance between working for change locally and internationally. After years of training international teams, GYVN has now developed workshops and experiences related to developing social justice leaders in the local context.
Indigenous Solidarity has always been a value for GYVN. Through the years we have partnered Internationally with various Indigenous communities on a range of projects. Some of these indigenous groups include: the K’iche and Q’eqchi of Guatemala, the Tiapanec of Mexico, the Lenca of Honduras, the Baniwa of Brazil, the Mizo’s of India, the Karen of Burma and Thailand, and the Masai of Kenya and Tanzania. In Canada we have connected with a number of Indigenous communities. Our most significant relationship is with the Tsartlip First Nations community on Vancouver Island.
Whether its close to home or abroad, GYVN values relationship above all else. We come into communities to listen to their stories, meet people doing incredible work and assist participants to process what they have learned to implement change in their life and plans for the future.