for Understanding (YFU) Core Values
and inclusive conflict-solution:
Problem-solving and conflict-solution should be built on
the mutual understanding of all the various value systems,
interests and approaches involved, not on the aggressive
promotion of the concepts of one’s own group, nation or
culture. YFU solves problems through a dynamic, mutually
respectful process of consensus.
for diversity: Differences in ethnicity, ideology,
values, gender, race, religion, language, and personality
should be appreciated and accepted, rather than ridiculed
or rejected. YFU strives to engage a growing base of participants
inclusive of that diversity.
Individuals should exercise knowledgeable, responsible choice
in the interest of the greater good, rather than to remain
passive, ignorant or self-centered.
in a culture as a path to peace and personal development:
YFU is founded on the belief that immersion in another culture
contributes substantially to the development of a more peaceful
and just world as well as to the personal development of
learning: As an educational organization, YFU seeks
to install passion for life-long learning and encourages
alumni to use their skills and knowledge to thrive and contribute
amongst cultural diversity.
YFU believes in the special value of volunteer contributions.
Intercultural learning and the development of personal relationships
are enhanced when it is clear to participants that commitment
to YFU’s goals—not compensation or other extrinsic reasons—motivates
host families and other volunteers. In addition, the personal
growth of volunteers and the social contribution they make
are an expression of YFU’s deep belief in life-long learning
and civic responsibility.
Cooperation: Working within an international network
of autonomous, interdependent and equal partners of YFU
organizations, YFU believes that all international problem
solving is best based on full and open international cooperation.
It is through this cooperation that YFU strives to model
cross-cultural skills, international understanding, and