While I have only been privileged to be part of the YMCA of the USA family less than 6 months thus far, I know first-hand how local organizations such as the Y can play a vital role in the development of communities in 119 countries, such as those in Haiti. Recently, I returned from my fourth trip to Haiti.
This is an ongoing series as told by a group of young leaders who visited Uruguay to help make a difference at the Y and surrounding communities. This is Nate's trip. His words. His story.
This past summer, I was selected, along with ten other teens, to travel to Uruguay as a part of a leadership program with my YMCA camp, Camp Becket-Chimney Corners.
This is an ongoing series as told by a group of young leaders who visited Uruguay to help make a difference at the Y and surrounding communities. This is Talia's trip. Her words. Her story.
ICEP, (International Camper Exchange Program) is a global community service program where you travel to one of various locations to complete service projects and integrate with the local people and their culture. ICEP Uruguay 2014 completed various types of service projects ranging from social service to physical aid.
This past summer, young leaders from all around the world gathered at the YMCA Europe Youth Festival in Prague. One of the main attractions was a giant tree house where everyone gathered to hang out, exchange ideas, and - for some lucky folks - camp out for the night thirty feet above the ground. Throughout the festival, the buzz about this clubhouse in the sky was that it was not only a great place to create a community in the treetops but also a good place to relax, unwind, and meditate. While the tree house in the Czech Republic has come and gone, here are a few other places around the world worth checking out.
Every day is Earth Day. Period. On April 22, millions of young leaders across the globe celebrated an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First feted in 1970, Earth Day has gone on to be observed in over 190 countries.