There are various types of youth service programs worldwide. The following are three examples that show the range of civic engagement that youth service provides.
• Servicio Social, México: Servico Social is a required community service program for all Mexican university students. Students must serve 480 hours of voluntary activity over the course of a four-year undergraduate education. The goal is to build solidarity among youths and increase collaboration in community development.
• National Youth Commission, South Africa: NGO-based national youth service program and government-sponsored national youth service programs that enlist youth in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS and in reducing youth unemployment.
• Servicio País, Chile: A competitive selection, civil program for university graduates with the goal of decreasing rural poverty. Select professions are recruited to the program such as lawyers, engineers, and medical professionals. If chosen, graduates serve 13 months in a rural area. They practice their professions and also build relationships with local people.
This definition comes from the Global Service Institute which is the partnership of Innovations in Civic Participation and the Center for Social Development.