Current participants

YIP welcomes up to 40 young people from around the world to join the program and supports them in their efforts to become the change they wish to see in the world, and to find their service and engagement in their own future and the future of our society and world.

These are the current participants:

Celina - Scotland


YIP10, Scotland
David - USA


YIP10, United States
Ella - South Korea


YIP10, South Korea
Emi - Canada


YIP10, Canada
Eva - Netherlands


YIP10, Netherlands
Flora - Switzerland


YIP10, Switzerland
Francesco - Portugal/Italy


YIP10, Italy, Portugal
Ilias - Belgium


YIP10, Belgium
Jakub - Slovakia


YIP10, Slovakia
Jaya - Germany


YIP10, Germany
Joshua - Germany


YIP10, Germany
Julian - Norway


YIP10, Norway
Kiana - Mexico


YIP10, Mexico
Lenie - Belgium


YIP10, Belgium
Leonard - Germany


YIP10, Germany
Leonora - Denmark


YIP10, Denmark
Linus - Germany


YIP10, Germany
Livia - New Zealand


YIP10, New Zealand
Luana - Brazil


YIP10, Brazil
Luna - Netherlands


YIP10, Netherlands
Mackenzie - USA


YIP10, United States
Nico - Mexico


YIP10, Mexico
Paul - Germany


YIP10, Germany
Phillys - Taiwan


YIP10, Taiwan
Robbie - Canada


YIP10, Canada
Siddharth - India


YIP10, India
Simon - Belgium


YIP10, Belgium
Simon Dominique - Switzerland

Simon Dominique

YIP10, Switzerland
Sun - South Korea


YIP10, South Korea

The Current organising team

The organizing team is a passionate group of people that have made YIP their lifestyle, at least for the time being.

The team takes care of the curriculum design, all the planning, financing, logistics, arrangements and organization of the program. As they also live on campus, they coach, mentor and support the participants through their YIP experience. 

The team consists of some full-time members, who guarantee the longer term processes and responsibilities for the organization and the curriculum. In addition there are Assistant organizers, who join the program full-time, but only for some months of the year and with a specific focus that corresponds to the themes and focus of the curriculum at that point in the year. Next to these there are often volunteers that help make the community life with its many practical and logistical details run smoothly.

Reinoud R. Meijer

Reinoud organised, facilitated, initiated and founded a number of youth conferences, projects, and initiatives before co-founding the YIP program....

Sophie Vrolijk

Sophie Vrolijk (1988), the eldest of four, grew up next to the sea in The Netherlands. In her childhood she was surrounded by art, music, sport, city and nature activities. After graduating from...

Bruna Viapiana

Bruna Viapiana was born in São Paulo, Brazil and it was a YIP participant in 2014/2015. Since then, she is a citizen of the world and has been collaborating with multiple people and organizations...

Rose Nekvapil

Rose Nekvapil is one of the founding members of YIP. She worked on the organising team for the first four years....

Rembert Biemond

Rembert Biemond is a cultural entrepreneur. He joined the YIP organizing team in 2014, bringing with him his vast experience in the fields of management, ethical banking and sustainability....

Annie Meijer

Annie Meijer is a biographical counsellor with special interest in the increase, meaning and treatment of personality and mood difficulties. She has worked within the curative education movement...

Rebeca - UK/ Spain
Rebeca Lopez Walker

Rebeca Lopez Walker is a YIP 9 Alumni and joined the organizing team as a volunteer for the 2017 Autumn term in Sweden. Rebecca will commence her studies in Liberal Arts and Sciences in the...

Jim - UK
Jim Howard

Jim Howard is a YIP 9 Alumni and joined the organizing team as a volunteer for the 2018 Spring term in Sweden. Having discovered YIP through the self-studying learning journey Classroom Alive, he...

Eva - Germany
Eva Sauerbrey

Eva Sauerbrey is a YIP 9 Alumni and has returned to support YIP 10 in spring 2018. At the moment she is applying to a nurse apprenticeship in homoeopathic medicine in Germany. She is very...


The contributors are the change makers that bring the teachings and content to the program. They are the ‘bricks and mortar‘ for the intellectual, social-emotional and spiritual content of the program. In many cases they are social and societal entrepreneurs themselves and take a week out of their busy lives to come and share their knowledge and insights with the participants of YIP. Typically they join the program for a week and teach during the mornings. During this time they also participate in the community life of YIP. It is a wonderful chance for the participants to connect, build and deepen personal and informal relationships to these contributors who are often leading figures in various professions and leaders in their community.

This years contributors include:

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Please note: YIP is a ‘permanent improvisation‘, seeking to adapt to what participants are searching for and the current trends in our society. Due to this some information you find here is subject to change.

YIP Alumni

Each year the YIP program adds another group of alumni to the growing network. 

The program has many experiences, learnings, insights and developments as a result, but one of the biggest and most lasting results are the human relations that build over the 10 months of living and learning together. Alumni often refer to their year group as ‘their family’ in the positive sense of what that might mean. Now that YIP has been operational for many years, that network is stretching itself across all continents and starting to be a powerful community of change makers around the world. 

These are the Alumni of the YIP years so far.

Lily - USA


YIP2, United States
Melissa - Belgium


YIP1, Belgium
David - USA


YIP10, United States
Yoko - Germany


YIP8, Germany
Maria - Bolivia


YIP3, Bolivia
Zinzi - Netherlands


YIP1, Netherlands
Safa (Manal) - Yemen

Safa (Manal)

YIP8, YIP9, Yemen
Rachel - United States


YIP5, United States
Firas - Palestine


YIP1, Palestine
Aurelia - Germany


YIP3, Germany
Tajanae - United States


YIP5, United States
Inte - Sweden/Netherlands


YIP7, Netherlands, Sweden
Olga - Netherlands


YIP6, Netherlands
Jozefien - Belgium


YIP5, Belgium
Michael - Germany


YIP5, Germany
Christian - Germany


YIP3, Germany
Dace - Latvia


YIP6, Latvia
Matthieu - France


YIP3, France
Alex - USA


YIP4, United States
Celina - Scotland


YIP10, Scotland

Partners and collaborators

YIP enjoys a growing network of initiatives, organisations and educations around the world. Some work together with the program on international internships, some on the parts of the curriculum away from Sweden and others contribute to the curriculum and the certification of the YIP course.

These are some of our current partners and collaborators

Please Note: YIP is involved with many organisations who will not all be represented here, if you would like your organisation represented please get in contact at 

Alanus University

In 2016 YIP signed an agreement with the Alanus University in Bonn Germany. Through this collaboration your year at YIP can be credited towards the study PHASE (philosophy, arts and social entrepreneurship) and you can do the BA in PHASE in two instead of three years.

Art of Hosting

Art of Hosting a powerful leadership practicum as well as a daily pattern and practice for many individuals, communities, families, businesses and organisations.

Casa y Fábrica de Luz

Elderberries Cafe
and Haveseeds House

Elderberries Threefold Cafe is a small organic, vegan, gluten/soy-free café that strives to nourish the human as a whole. We see our work starting with providing healing, nourishing,food and drink, and ending with the creation of a world where every individual is allowed a dignified life truly worthy of the human being!

Föreningen SOFIA

Föreningen SOFIA an umbrella for a variety of project teams in Sweden. With inspiration from anthroposophy, they work with international development cooperation with local organizations around the world and in Sweden.


Inkiri Pirakanga

 Ecovillage Piracanga Ecovillage in Brazil will host from YIP10 on the program after the first 3 months. It is administrated by the Inkiri Community.


Kaospilots is a school to create positive societal change through personal growth and enterprise.


Knowmads a platform and school for people who want to make a positive difference in this world. 

Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation

An educational center located in the Kathmandu Valley that reinforces the wellbeing of local Nepali communities through sharing knowledge on sustainable and eco-friendly ways of living. 

Kulturcentrum järna

Kulturcentrum Järna.



Standing for  Movement for Imaginals for a Sustainable Society through Implementation, Organisation and Networking is based in the Philippines and works through the principles of Integral Sustainable Development (ISD) towards a sustainable society.

BTH Masters for Strategic Leadership for Sustainability

International Masters programme for Strategic Sustainability Leadership.


Sustainability Institute

A community based in Cape Town, South-Africa, that works on sustainable development through educational programs, community work and agriculture.

Shade Tree
Multicultural Foundation

ShadeTree, based in L.A, serves as an intentional community of mentors, elders, teachers, artists, healers, and advocates for the healthy development of children and youth.


Street Poets

STREET POETS Inc. is a non-profit poetry-based peace-making organization dedicated to the creative process as a force for individual and community transformation aiming to break the cycle of violence in the lives of at-risk and incarcerated youth, awakening them to their gifts.

Youth Section

An anthroposophical organization, organizing seminars, small study groups and international conferences throughout the world; supporting initiatives, facilitating internships, and conducting research on global youth issues.

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