International Youth Worker Exchange

Since 2005, The Journey has sponsored and led the International Youth Worker Exchange.  This cross-cultural personal and professional experience enables Hoosier youth workers to broaden their awareness of the practice of youth development in other countries.

With the intent of developing partnerships with sister countries around the world, Indiana youth workers travel outside the state to build life-long relationships, share best practices in youth work, consider how professional youth worker networks enhance the field and explore how academic preparation and credentialing is approached for youth workers in other countries. Living in our ever-growing global society, youth workers in Indiana seek to gain a better appreciation to think, act, and relate globally.

Exchanges from 2005-2019

2005   United Kingdom and the Community and Youth Worker Union

2007   Oloolaimutia School in Massai Marra &  Kariua School in Nairobi, Kenya

2009   Calnali, Mexico, Friends of Hidalgo

2012   Calgary – Canmore, Canada,   YMCA & International Child and Youth Care Conference

2014   Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand & Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

2016   Vienna, Austria, 33rd FICE Conference and CYC World Conference

2019   Dublin, Republic of Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland

2021   TBA