About us

Our history

Youth Challenge Vanuatu is a local NGO working in youth leadership and livelihoods since 2001. It started as a program for Australia and Canadian youth to gain leadership and community development experience, alongside national youth.

In 2003, the program prioritized the involvement of an increased cohort of Ni-Vanuatu youth participants. This gave these young Ni-Vanuatu women and men opportunities to increase their leadership skills and livelihoods opportunities through engaging in community development programs, training and internship, business mentoring and access to career support. It has also provided YCV greater insight into the challenges that young women and men in Vanuatu experience in seeking employment, becoming leaders and creating their own businesses.

Today, Youth Challenge is a registered charitable non government, non religious organization, delivering programmes which seek to up-skill and empower youth in leadership, employment, education and small business development.


The challenge

Ni-Vanuatu youth have limited access to further education, employment, decision making and participation opportunities, resulting in economic and social marginalisation.

Rapid social change and urban drift has also had a profound impact on young people’s sense of identity and belonging, and on their access to land. Many of these factors are magnified for youth living in urban settlements and for young women and youth with a disability.

Young people are caught between parents and elders’ expectations to behave responsibly, make a worthwhile contribution to family and community and be financially successful, whilst navigating hard realities of socio-economic circumstance: high unemployment, a low wage economy for unskilled jobs, and expensive urban living conditions.

These challenges are even greater for early school leavers, those without work experience and/ or experience of the formal economy.

Youth Challenge is a registered charitable non government, non religious organization, delivering programmes which seek to up-skill and empower youth in leadership, employment, education and small business development.

To find out more about Youth Challenge Vanuatu contact the office on +67828182 or email info@ycv.vu


Vanuatu Wok

Youth Challenge Vanuatu started the original Wok I Kik website back in 2009 and rebranded in 2020 to Vanuatu Wok.

Youth Challenge Vanuatu is a not-for-profit organisation that is run by and for ni-Vanuatu people. Supporting YCV means supporting local community and youth. YCV helps youth to gain employment, work experience, volunteering and entrepreneurship opportunities and knowledge. Visit VanuatuWok.vu for more information