WHAT ARE YUDA VENTURES?

Yuda Bands Humanitarian Trips, which we call Yuda Ventures are cultural service trips sponsored by the Yuda Bands non-profit.

During the US school year (Sep-May) Yuda Bands enlists hundreds of volunteers in every State to sell Yuda Band bracelets at their school. The money raised by these bracelets funds Yuda Bands programs throughout the world that help thousands of international high school students pay school fees and teach them important leadership and life-skills. We’ve been sponsoring students for 14 years.

During the summer (June-August) Yuda Bands enlists parents, teachers, and youth to travel to these international locations to interact with the Yuda Bands sponsored students. To visit them in their homes, to service alongside them, and learn about their local culture. We’ve been doing this for 13 years.

We take a bit of a different approach to “voluntourism” than most other companies. We are not building houses or schools, instead we are building youth through travel experiences. Youth will see the impact Yuda Bands is making on the ground and they’ll begin to see the world through new eyes as they learn more about social causes that need their attention and sustainable ways to help. Yuda Ventures are a perfect mix of service, culture, and adventure.


June 28 – July 7, 2022
18/20 remaining spots


July 22 – August 6, 2022
19/20 remaining spots

June 19 – 25, 2022
20/20 remaining spots

We’re not in the travel business. We’re in business to end poverty.

Although we take every precaution to make our trips safe, fun and rewarding, Yuda Bands service trips are not our main focus. Rather the main thrust of the Yuda Bands organization is building scholarship funds for educating youth in developing nations, and implementing leadership and character building training to make the most of that education. Our trips SUPPORT that on-going quest. When you volunteer with Yuda Bands on one of our summer service trips you are adding strength to a constantly running program that will continue after you leave. That’s call sustainability.

We’re not in the travel business. We’re in business to end poverty.

Although we take every precaution to make our trips safe, fun and rewarding, Yuda Bands service trips are not our main focus. Rather the main thrust of the Yuda Bands organization is building scholarship funds for educating youth in developing nations, and implementing leadership and character building training to make the most of that education. Our trips SUPPORT that on-going quest. When you volunteer with Yuda Bands on one of our summer service trips you are adding strength to a constantly running program that will continue after you leave. That’s call sustainability.

How do I know my child will be safe?

An experienced travel guide will be with your child from the time they arrive at airport to the time they return. We will share pictures on the trip’s Instagram throughout the day and your child will have access to Internet each night to communicate with home. Parents are also given a phone 24/7 emergency direct line to trip guides.
@YudaVenturesGuatemala
@YudaVenturesAfrica
@YudaVenturesNicaragua

More info available at the bottom of this page

How do I know my child will be safe?

An experienced travel guide will be with your child from the time they arrive at airport to the time they return. We will share pictures on the trip’s Instagram throughout the day and your child will have access to Internet each night to communicate with home. Parents are also given a phone 24/7 emergency direct line to trip guides.
@YudaVenturesGuatemala
@YudaVenturesAfrica
@YudaVenturesNicaragua

More info available at the bottom of this page

Fees and Fundraising

We realize cost can be the determining factor for our volunteers. That is why we’ve spent 14 years cutting travel costs without cutting impact. Due to our longtime relationships our trips are substantially less expensive compared to similar trips. Here are some helpful links to learn more:

Whats included >

Making payments >

Fundraising >

Fundraising and Scholarships

We realize cost can be the determining factor for our volunteers. That is why we’ve spent 14 years cutting travel costs without cutting impact. Due to our longtime relationships our trips are substantially less expensive compared to similar trips. Here are some helpful links to learn more:

Whats included >

Making payments >

Fundraising >

Creating an Atmosphere of Service and Learning

Yuda Ventures are a wonderful way to expand your service reach as we enjoy cultural experiences and complete service projects and leadership trainings with the International Yuda Bands students. Trip volunteers are self motivated and service oriented students, parents, and teachers anxious to help other. Yuda Ventures provide unmatched travel adventure, service and cultural experiences unique to each country we visit. This gives volunteers the chance to see how locals live and build life-long friendships.

Creating an Atmosphere of Service and Learning

da Ventures are a wonderful way to expand your service reach as we enjoy cultural experiences and complete service projects and leadership trainings with the International Yuda Bands students. Trip volunteers are self motivated and service oriented students, parents, and teachers anxious to help other. Yuda Ventures provide unmatched travel adventure, service and cultural experiences unique to each country we visit. This gives volunteers the chance to see how locals live and build life-long friendships.

US Gateway Airport

One of the biggest concerns that parents have is sending their child off to navigate immigration, customs, or other “unknowns” of landing in a foreign, non-English speaking country. Because of this we will all meet together at a US based gateway airport. This way our trip guide(s) will escort your child from the gateway airport to the final destination.

Parents Welcome

Our groups are primarily made up of youth but family members and teachers are invited to accompany us. Each year since 2007, a handful of mothers and fathers have added a wonderful variety and maturity to the group. Sometimes teachers and students that ran a Yuda Bands project together will travel together to meet their student they worked together to sponsor.

24/7 Communication

International communication has become quite convenient. Most carriers extend service internationally for $9 per 24 hours. However we recommend communicating with home and posting on social media only at night at our hotels and lodges where Wifi will be available. Parents are given a 24/7 number to contact their child’s guide in case of emergency.

US & Local Support

Both US guides and local Yuda Bands directors will help with language and culture. Local directors share valuable insight to culture and traditions while US guides fill a parental role and maintain a high standard of hygiene, safety and behavior in the group.

Our local directors were born and raised in country (Guat, Nica or Zim) giving them incomparable understanding of the country. US guides have been involved in guiding Yuda Bands groups for 14 years.

Safe Lodging

We stay in clean and simple accommodations on all of our trips. Security, location, and comfort are all taken into account when selecting lodging for our trips. A long history with owners and managers of these facilities helps us negotiate pricing, helping us keep our volunteer fees low.

Clean Meals & Water

Where we eat our meals varies by country and even location within each country. Volunteers and guides eat together during specified meal times (itinerary provided a week before departure) either in the homes of trusted locals or in established restaurants. Both take great care to properly clean and prepare the food to avoid any stomach issues. Purified water is provided throughout the trip.

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