Are you interested in traveling and making a difference in West Africa? You can be a part of an annual team of volunteers from Europe and North America who travel to volunteer with YAI each year.
Volunteering with Youth Action International (YAI) is an incredibly rewarding experience. It allows you to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of young people around the world, and to help create a more equitable and just world. Volunteers work alongside internationally acclaimed activist Dr. Kimmie Weeks.
YAI works to empower young people to become active and engaged citizens, and to create positive change in their communities. Through YAI’s programs, volunteers have the opportunity to work with youth in developing countries to help them gain access to education, jobs, healthcare, and other necessary resources. Volunteers also have the chance to help young people develop leadership skills, and to learn about global issues such as poverty, human rights, and environmental justice.
By volunteering with YAI, you can make a real difference in the lives of young people around the world. You can help them to gain the skills and resources they need to become successful and empowered citizens. You can also gain valuable experience in working with diverse populations, and in understanding international issues.
The volunteer program provides an extraordinary opportunity for young people to experience the beauty and culture of West Africa while working with our projects to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people.
Over the years, volunteers who have made the trip have remarked that it has been a truly inspiring and transformational experience. Volunteers who participate in the program return with an even more positive outlook and appreciation of the world we live in.
You can compete the “Volunteer Application” to be considered or “Contact Us” if you have more questions
VOLUNTEERING WITH KIMMIE WEEKS & YOUTH ACTION INTERNATIONAL
Volunteering is a rewarding and meaningful way to contribute to society and make a positive impact on the world. There are many opportunities and organizations that offer volunteering programs for people who want to help others and learn new skills. YAI gives volunteers and interns the opportunity to work directly on the field to solve issues. Founded by Kimmie Weeks, a renowned humanitarian and youth activist, YAI targets and addresses some of the pressing issues facing young people in post war African countries.
Kimmie Weeks is a remarkable person who has dedicated his life to improving the lives of children and youth in post-war African countries. He was born in Liberia and witnessed the horrors of the civil war that ravaged his country. He became an activist at the age of nine, when he started a campaign to end the recruitment of child soldiers. He later fled to the United States as a refugee, where he continued his advocacy work and education. He founded Youth Action International (YAI) in 2005, when he was only 23 years old1.
Youth Action International (YAI) is an international nonprofit organization that works in African countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya. Its mission is to empower young people by providing them with education, health care, and economic opportunities. YAI’s programs include building schools and libraries, distributing books and supplies, training teachers and health workers, providing scholarships and mentorship, offering microloans and vocational skills, supporting orphanages and street children, and promoting peace and reconciliation. YAI has impacted more than 150,000 lives since its inception.
Volunteering with Kimmie Weeks and YAI is a unique and rewarding opportunity for anyone who wants to make a difference in the world. Volunteers can join short-term or long-term trips to various African countries, where they can work on different projects depending on their interests and skills. Volunteers can also participate in fundraising events, awareness campaigns, and online platforms to support YAI’s cause. Volunteering with Kimmie Weeks and YAI can provide many benefits for the volunteers, such as:
•Learning about the culture, history, and challenges of the African countries they visit
•Developing new skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and cross-cultural competence
•Gaining a deeper understanding of global issues such as poverty, conflict, human rights, and development
•Building friendships and networks with other volunteers and local communities
•Having fun and adventure while exploring new places and activities
•Feeling fulfilled and inspired by seeing the positive impact of their work
Volunteering with YAI can also benefit the communities they serve by:
• Providing them with essential resources and services that can improve their quality of life
• Empowering them with knowledge and skills that can help them achieve their goals and aspirations
• Showing them respect and appreciation for their culture and values
• Giving them hope and encouragement for their future
• Creating lasting bonds of friendship and solidarity
If you are ready to start this journey today, fill up the Volunteer Application and we will get in touch with you to provide more details.
You can volunteer with YAI by starting a Youth Action International campus on your campus.
Travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Uganda and work directly in the field. We provide a safe, reliable and rewarding volunteer experience.
YAI’s primary mission is to ensure that all graduating seniors from high school are equipped with basic computer skills. To achieve this goal, YAI is building computer labs for high schools.
Once an agreement has been reached with the administration of potential beneficiary schools, we begin by renovating the space and furnishing each lab with desks, chairs, computers, a projector, and white board. Each lab is solar powered to ensure that the computers can be used even when the irregular national electric supply is unavailable. Computer lab rooms must be secure to prevent theft of equipment and beneficiary schools must commit to providing IT teaching staff to support ongoing curriculum objectives.