Youth Challenge International

Youth Challenge International (YCI)

Company Detail


Youth Challenge International (YCI) is a youth-focused charity that aims to equip developing country youth with skills and resources to contribute positively to their communities as well as engage Canadian youth in international development and social justice issues. Over 200 Canadian youth volunteer overseas annually with YCI.

YCI’s main office is located in Toronto, with partner offices in Ottawa and New York.

Focus Areas

  • Youth empowerment
  • Food security and nutrition
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Gender Equality
  • Education

YCI Projects

IYIP Program

Youth Challenge International’s Innovate ME program focuses on career transformation and is designed to significantly enhance your employability in Canada and abroad, providing you with tools, resources, experience and coaching to take your career to the next level. This program is being implemented in partnership with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and will provide you with employment training prior to departure, career coaching during your placement, and career transition support and networking opportunities upon your return.

The EMBRACE Program

The EMBRACE program (Enhance Mother, Newborn and Child Health in Remote Areas through Health Care and Community Engagement) aims to reduce preventable stunting and maternal-child mortality in hard-to-reach regions of Cambodia, the Philippines, Myanmar and Rwanda.

The program will help increase the consumption of nutritious foods and supplements by mothers, pregnant women and children under the age of five by increasing awareness about proper nutrition and providing supplies and training on how to grow healthy and diverse foods in household gardens. It will also build and equip health clinics and train midwives, nurses, traditional birth attendants and community health volunteers on safe birthing practices.

This 4-year program will benefit an estimated 100,000 people, including 33,000 children of vulnerable people such as ethnic minorities and those just returning to their homes after a natural disaster or civil conflict.

EMBRACE is a 26-million-dollar program being administered through a co-funding agreement between ADRA Canada and the Canadian Government, through Global Affairs Canada.

Perks To Volunteering with YCI

Programs such as YCI’s EQWIP HUBs cover many of your costs and provides a monthly stipend while volunteering abroad.

IYIP program COVERS:

  • Roundtrip international flight
  • Domestic transportation to Toronto and meals and accommodation for pre-departure training (for residents outside GTA)
  • In-country emergency medical and evacuation insurance
  • Monthly stipend towards costs of living while in-country
  • Vaccines covered (up to $300)
  • Visas covered

How to get involved with YCI

How often does YCI hire people?


And volunteers?

A main component of YCI is selecting individuals to volunteer overseas on various projects. Through YCI’s EQWIP HUBs Program, youth from Canada volunteer and work alongside ‘startup hubs’ in Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, Senegal and Tanzania to gain a transformative, skill-building experience. Through this program, youth can participate in 3-month or 12-month volunteer placements.

Additional international volunteer opportunities are available for Canadians between the ages of 25-40 through their EMBRACE Program mentioned above.

Internship opportunities?

Youth Challenge International’s Innovate ME international youth internship program provides Canadian youth, aged 19-30, with the opportunity to live and work overseas, while learning how to create a career they love and making a difference. As part of this program, YCI has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Education Development Center and World Reader to provide incredible experiential learning opportunities in Gabon, Senegal, Djibouti, Thailand, Jordan and Ghana.

Hiring restrictions?

Interns must be Canadian.