Since 2014, we lead efforts to support youth growth and development through critical thinking, experiential learning, and place-based study abroad. 


Our Mission

Change Institute International provides global leadership training and travel opportunities for youth leaders through the exploration of environmental sustainability. At each site, we work together toward social, environmental and economic justice by studying the intersection of culture and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). We collaborate with our global partners to expand horizons that deepen the scope of building bridges for international relationships and local transformation.

The leaders of Change Institute taught me the power of believing in myself and pushing past my comfort zones.
— Thomas Smith, Youth Ambassador


Change Institute values partnership as a central focus of programming.  Local feedback and guidance is vital in responsible and accountable travel.  For that reason, Change Institute works with partner organizations and individual consultants from the host country to strengthen the partnership through mutual support and relationship building.  We have multiple partner organizations in Barbados that have made strong programming possible.  The central anchoring partner is the Sojourner Foundation, an organic community farm that is committed to producing sustainable food systems, equity and justice in Barbados.

  • Youth Leadership: Collectively build skills through peer mentorship, experiential learning, community engagement and fun!

  • Sustainability: Global learning of social, environmental & economic issues. Why choose one discipline? We take a multidisciplinary approach.

  • Local & Global Partnerships: Engage in community service and learning in partnership with community organizations locally and abroad.

  • History & Culture: Experience another culture, while also exploring your own. Captivate your mind by exploring other histories and viewpoints.


  • Inclusion & Equity: Develop an analysis of power dynamics. Discover or expand on your role as a change agent in your community and in the world.