Fully Funded Global Youth Summit 2018 in Switzerland

Category: Conferences | Posted on: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Fully Funded


We will be bringing 60 Changemakers to the 2018 Global Youth Summit for a fully funded, life-changing youth opportunity - a week of training sessions, networking and workshops. Participants will learn skills such as campaigning, fundraising, project management, leadership, public relations, pitching and more!

 The 2018 Changemakers will join our global family of young people making a difference all over the world and be eligible to receive grant funding from Global Changemakers.

Supported by Mercator Foundation Switzerland and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.


If you are selected, your flight (from your country’s main airport), transport from Zurich to the summit, accommodation and food costs will be covered for the duration of the summit. Insurance and additional personal expenses, as well as visas to enter Switzerland (for those who require one) will not be covered.​


We are looking for the most inspiring, interesting, enthusiastic, determined, innovative young social entrepreneurs, community activists, volunteers and campaigners who are working towards attaining the SDGs across the globe. Participants should be between 18 and 23 years old at the time of the summit.

Additional Information

Participants who require a visa to enter Switzerland will need to arrange and pay for their visa at their own expense. We are not able to cover any visa expenses as this time. Also, we will ask all participants to provide proof of health and accident insurance with coverage in Switzerland for the duration of the Summit. You do not need to provide proof of insurance to apply for the summit, this will only be required of selected participants before the summit.

The application fee is 35 US Dollars. If you would like to find out what this amounts to in your own currency, please use a currency converter which can be found on any major search engine.

Unfortunately the application fee is a requirement and we only rarely make exceptions for youth who hold refugee status. Many Changemakers have been able to find a sponsor or have asked a friend or family member to cover the fee. If you hold refugee status and would like to inquire about the fee waiver, please contact us. The application fee is non refundable.

Official Link Apply Link

Application Instructions

In order to apply you need to fill in an online application which includes a two-minute video describing your motivation and your efforts to bring about a positive change in your community. There is also a 35 USD application administration fee (the fee is less than 2% of the cost of bringing a participant to the summit). Why do we ask for an application fee?

We suggest you prepare your application and video by reading the application FAQ and ensuring that you have a PayPal account or credit/debit card ready to be able to pay the 35 USD application administration fee. Is PayPal not accessible in your country?

Application FAQ
Step 1: Pay your non-refundable application fee.
NB Please make sure to copy your Transaction ID, Order Number or Money Transaction Number to paste it on the online application form.

Step 2: Make and upload the 2 minute application video.

STep 3: Fill in the online application form.
NB You cannot save your application, so we suggest that you prepare your written application using the application guide as a reference and copy- paste your answers directly to the form thereafter.

The application deadline is Sunday 4th March 2018 6 p.m. CET