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About WYI

World Youth International was founded in 1988 by the late Robert Hoey, and has since facilitated meaningful volunteer opportunities for more than 3,000 Australians and provided access to basic services such as healthcare and education for more than 40,000 people.  

At the heart of all our work is a commitment to community-led, sustainable development projects, and a belief in the power of volunteers to create real impact.

Our Vision

To educate, empower and inspire positive change within the global community through the legacy of Robert Hoey.

Our Mission

World Youth International (WYI) is committed to:

  • Creating innovative and exciting opportunities for people to live life passionately and contribute to the global community.
  • Enhancing quality of life, strengthening communities and reducing poverty through sustainable development projects.

Our Organisational Structure

WYI is a not for profit, non-religious and non-political international NGO (Non-Government Organisation).

WYI is approved as an Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Recipient by the Australian Taxation Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

WYI is a registered Charitable Institution.

Our approach to international development

At WYI we value best practice development and community-driven solutions, working with local partners to support projects in areas of health, education, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), agriculture and livelihoods.  We take a 'hand up, not a hand out' approach to development, which means we support local communities to implement projects that build their capacity to generate their own income and improve access to basic services long-term.

Our Financial Accountability

WYI is a registered non-profit charitable organisation, and we have all of our financial records audited every twelve months.  

We receive no government funding and rely on our volunteers and the generous donations of our community of supporters, which allows our work to continue.

We are proud of the fact that any profit our organisation makes at the end of each year goes straight back into funding our international development work overseas.  Examples of this work include The World Youth International School and Sapana Children's Dreaming Home in Nepal, and the Mama Anns Odede Community Health Centre in Kenya.

In 2002, WYI created the World Youth International Benevolent Trust.  The organisation is the Trustee of the Trust, and is responsible for maintaining the fund and assuring that all funds received are used for the Principal Purpose, which is:

"To provide aid for the relief of people suffering poverty, distress, misfortune and helplessness in countries declared by the Minister of Foreign Affairs as developing countries."

A Management Committee for then Trust directs the Trustee in the management and operations of the Trust.

Our International Partnerships

The WYI Head Office is based in Adelaide, South Australia.  We have worked over many years to build strong and meaningful partnerships with in-country organisations and communities in the countries we work in, and we value partnerships that reflect community-driven solutions to poverty.

WYI Kenya and WYI Nepal are independent organisations working in partnership with WYI Australia.  Each have their own governance and are audited by the Governments of Kenya and Nepal respectively.  

Field offices operating in other locations are also operated independently and in partnership with WYI, allowing our development and volunteer programs to be implemented effectively.


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* As a charity we also talk about fundraising as well as program costs. In addition to your $2295 program fee, you will be required to raise $2,200 to support the community development work of your program and WYI's global projects, to ensure we can create lasting positive change.

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