International youth opportunities update
Summer is coming, and that means that it’s time to think about Red Cross summer camp! Although we aren’t running a National Youth Institute here in the United States this year, many Chapters will be running their own trainings and camps.
If you have an itch to get involved internationally, you should check out our new International Opportunities page, where you can find information about Red Cross and Red Crescent youth events and youth camps around the world. Most of these international events run in English, and you’ll want to act quickly because some deadlines are coming up very soon. Here are just a few of the exciting events coming up this summer:
- The Austrian Red Cross is holding their annual international friendship camp from July 12 to 26 in Langenlois, a beautiful countryside town in southern Austria. For more information, visit the camp website (also available in the original German version). Ages 16-23.
- The Italian Red Cross is running the annual Humanitarian Village in Solferino, Italy from June 20-27. This event is for all ages but is especially popular with youth. For more information, visit the Solferino 2010 website. You can also follow them on Facebook.
- The Swiss Red Cross is holding their annual international youth camp from July 28th to August 4th in the country village of Heiden, in northeast Switzerland. For more information, visit the camp website. You can also follow them on Facebook. Ages 16 and up.
Also on the International Opportunities page is information about international projects you can do here in the United States. For example, here’s a video about the Raid Cross simulation game:
How to get more information
Note that the American Red Cross is not officially participating in these events, and does not offer logistical or financial support. However, you are welcome to do your own fundraising to attend on a personal, non-official basis. If you are under 18, follow your Chapter’s guidelines on chaperones.