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The programme changes each year as it is designed by Global Changemakers from past summits who co-create the programme with our team to ensure that every summit is as relevant and as impactful as possible. Therefore, we will only share the 2019 programme shortly before the summit.

Here are some of the highlights of past summits which participants may experience as a Global Changemaker 2019!

Peer Facilitators

Global Changemakers is an international youth network with Changemakers in 180 countries and each year we draw from this network and select a group of Peer Facilitators through a competitive selection process. The Peer Facilitators use their knowledge and experience to co-create and join our team in delivering each summit. The Peers form an integral part of each summit, offering sessions, leading activities, providing mentorship and more.

Skills Marketplace

No two Changemakers are alike. We appreciate that each Changemaker may require different skills to increase their impact from one of the others. Therefore each year we create a “Skills Marketplace” where we bring in experts on a range of topics from critical thinking to branding, public speaking, networking, fundraising, project management and so much more! Participants choose which skills they most need and breakaway to these skill sessions to ensure maximum gain from the summit.

Expert Speakers

As part of the programme each year we invite experts from various fields to share practical, ground breaking insights from the front lines of trying to change the world. From bestselling authors to activists, policy makers, business leaders, campaigners, social entrepreneurs and others from organisations such as Global Citizen, Kids with a Cause, Films for the Earth, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Scaling4Good, Pangea and more.

Enabling Panel and Financial Support for Projects

The summit offers you the chance to learn how to increase the impact of your work, to create innovative ways to further improve your community and our world as well as pitch your idea to an enabling panel for constructive feedback. Global Changemakers is a pioneer in youth-led development and has supported over 300 projects worldwide, affecting more than 4 million people. All Global Changemakers will have the opportunity to get the financial support they need to make their change happen!

Working in Issue Groups

The summit brings together young people working on issues as varied as climate change, human rights, equality, corruption, peace, mental health and so much more! At each Global Youth Summit, participants are grouped by the issues that they work on in order to learn from each others experiences as well as use their issue to practically understand useful concepts such as Design Thinking Methodology.


All coming from different backgrounds and experiences, each Global Changemaker has a unique set of skills. We throw the idea of a traditional conference setting away for part of the summit where the participants decide what they want to learn, source these skills from within the group and then design and lead their own sessions in order to share their skills with each other.

Swiss Excursions and Leisure Activities

The summit takes place in beautiful Switzerland and each afternoon and evening we take advantage of the long European summer days by organising optional activities such as nature walks, meditation, crossfit, epic frisbee games, juggling and talking until the early hours under the endless stars at the bonfire.

Each summit programme includes a day spent exploring Zurich including a boat tour on lake Zurich and a cocktail reception in one of the cities many wonderful venues.

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