Brad Gillings (right) traveling in Asia

Brad Gillings is the founder of Youth International, an experiential learning program that combines authentic international travel, cultural exchange, home stays with local families, volunteer community service work, and outdoor expeditions.  Brad spent much of his early twenties traveling – first for 9 months with Up with People, then on his own in teaching in Japan and backpacking through much of Asia and Africa. He then found himself back in the US volunteering with NCCC, an arm of Americorps. Brad talks with us about how Youth International combines the ethos of NCCC with the rugged backpacking he came to love as a young man, and how after all these years he is still SO enthusiastic and passionate about the power of travel.  

Episode Notes:

Youth International: Brad’s organization that is still family-run

Youth International team in Latin America

Up With People: Organization that Brad performed with on his gap year

Brad (far right) on Up With People tour in 1990

NCCC: Americorps program that Brad led that still welcomes gappers!