There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the incarnation.                          MADELEINE L’ENGLE 

Whether or not you are a student,
Global Youth Volunteer Network can organize an intership program for you in the developping world.


Whether or not you are a student, Global Youth Volunteer Network can organize an intership program for you (alone or for a small group) in the country of your choice in the developping world, there where GYVN has partners. Whether it be for 2 weeks or several months, in the context of your studies or a personal project, we have partners in many regions around the world. Don't hesitate to communicate with us at the following address

From the moment of your registration, during the preparation for your trip and until your return, you'll be accompanied by Mayelle Michel, our coordinator. Mayelle is haitian and has lived in Montreal for the last ten years. She did an internship with GYVN in Brazil in 2011. You can read her story below.


Mayelle Michel 

My name is Mayelle Michel, I am originally from Haiti and I have lived in Québec for almost ten years. Since my youth I’ve had two big dreams: to participate in a humanitarian trip and to visit Brazil. I never would have thought that I would have the opportunity to do both at the same time.

It all started with Global Youth Network’s usual recruitment, which consists of finding a team of participants to go on a trip, and them allowing them to choose the location themselves. Because of certain circumstances, which today I believe were in my favor, the team was never really solidified, which resulted in GYN having to cancel the 2011 trip. However, I wasn’t able to give up on something I dreamt about for so long so I contacted the coordinator, Melody Hirst, to see if GYN could offer a solo trip. That is when I discovered the possibility of doing a humanitarian internship; and this time I would be the one choosing the country to for the trip! Of course I chose Brazil!

In June 2011 I got on a plane headed for Manaus, Brazil. I stayed on the campus of Youth With A Mission in Manaus with the missionaries who lived there. JOCUM Manaus is involved in many activities with the community in the Amazon: an orphanage, a boat for evangelical mission work reaching out to the Amazon community who live along the shore of the Negro river, English classes as well as many different tasks in a public school by the river. The diversity of projects allowed me to have a pretty full work schedule. My main involvement was in teaching English to the youth in a public school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8am-2pm. The school provided transportation by boat for all the teachers and students who lived along the river. The short trips to and from the school allowed me to experience and appreciate the natural Amazon setting. Wednesday nights I left with the missionaries for evangelism in the local community, and Thursday and Friday I helped with different tasks in the orphanage. The weekends I spent resting and doing a lot of tourism!

My experience last summer left, without a doubt, one of the biggest impressions on my life. I learned a lot about myself, about others, about life and about the many needs around us that are waiting to be met. Like was said during the preparation meetings before the trip, in one month we won't change the world, but rather we ourselves are changed, and it is us that we need to change the most.

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