Barbro Thorén passed away

Barbro Thorén

The World YMCA is saddened to hear of the passing of a good friend and a great YMCA leader – Barbro Thoren.  Barbro had a big heart and always showed great courage in her leadership within the YMCA and also YWCA and Y’s Men.

Personally I have so many good and warm memories from her. Our condolences are shared with Barbro’s husband and family.

Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, Secretary General

Climate Change Course

Climate Change Webinar
Climate Change Webinar

The World YMCA is happy to present the course on Climate Education and wants to invite you to join us in this new adventure.
The goal?

To make more and more people aware of Climate issues, how you contribute in your own communities and how do the negotiations at the Conference of the Parties happen.
In other words, make a greener world!

If you are interested to join, please fill in the form : click here to register

We will be having our 1st Introduction Meeting on 19th March at 18:00 GMT+1 (we always use the time zone of Central Europe)

Please join AT LEAST 10 MINUTES EARLY to allow the software to install itself on your computer. Always log in with your name and country. For example: Maricris (Peru)

Here is a time-converter click here for the time converter 

Current members, please SHARE THIS EVENT WIDELY with YMCA colleagues and groups!

Meeting link, click here 
Meeting password: climateheroe


Visit Cambodia, Siberia – aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway or Nepal in 2018 with YMCA Alternative Tourism.

These tours are specially prepared for the YMCA and each provides a unique experience by combining the best tourism highlights with an insight into the life-changing work of the local YMCAs.

The 2018 tours now open for bookings are:
• Cambodia – 20-27 May
• Siberia – aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway – 31 July -10 August
• Nepal – 20-27 November

Alternative Tourism is a social enterprise that supports the YMCAs Youth Empowerment mission. Each tour is designed based on the principles of Alternative Tourism assuring an authentic community-based tourism experience for all.

These tours are not limited to just YMCA people and all are welcome to join.

Tour details are accessible CLICK HERE or for enquiries or further information email :


Cambodia – 20-27 May

Cambodia – Alternative Tourism

Discover the colour, chaos and culinary delights of Cambodia with the local YMCA as your hosts and guides. Visit UNESCO World Heritage listed ancient ruins as well as local YMCA projects. See Cambodia come to life from Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat, through ruins of ancient civilisations, between quilted rice paddies and into traditional rural villages.

Siberia aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway -31 July -10 August

A unique experience travelling from Russia to Vladivostok aboard the historic Trans-Siberian Railway. Includes day visits in Moscow and Vladivostok. Over 9,000km through 19 Russian regions, 5 climate zones, 8 time zones ending at the Japanese Sea. Fabulous landscapes, speakers and cultural insights.

Nepal – 20-27 November

Nepal, Alternative Tourism

Nepal maybe small but it is big in its culture, natural beauties, people and places. Known as the “roof of the world” here we find people of various culture, religions and traditions.