The Global YMCA
In an increasingly globalized society with rapidly changing demographics impacting communities of all sizes, YMCAs across the United States are discovering the need for - and significant advantages of - changing what it means to engage in our global communities.
The YMCA of the USA Strategic Plan: "Advancing Our Cause" identified a priority objective to ensure access and engagement for all community members. This requires YMCAs to expand opportunities to equitably serve our diverse communities and to leverage the Y’s global reach to build bridges with global community at home and abroad.
The YMCA of Greater Seattle is recognized by the YMCA national office (YMCA of the USA) as a Global Center of Excellence (since 2008). The YMCA of Greater Seattle’s Global Excellence strategy develops operational and programmatic strategies and practices grounded in authentic Community Engagement, Equity/Diversity/Inclusion and Global perspective.
Our association strives to operate with a global perspective and responsibility to meet the needs of our changing communities both at home and abroad.
Travelers have a unique opportunity to not just visit a country but actually experience the culture as an active participant through immersion and volunteerism. Traveling with a small group of like-minded individuals with a passion for learning will make for an unforgettable adventure. The YMCA has a long history of international philanthropic exchange trips and partners with reputable change-making organizations abroad, providing participants an extraordinary cultural encounter like none other.