Religious Youth Service

UPF chapters organize Religious Youth Service projects that offer service-learning opportunities with a special focus on developing personal leadership and peacemaking skills. Through living together and providing altruistic service in a community, participants demonstrate that it is possible for our global human family to come together in peace for our mutual well being.

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Thailand/Cambodia – Together with local volunteers, the RYS participants were involved in the restoration of several educational facilities. In Thailand, service took place in the Buddhist community of Samut Prakan. Most of the participants (about 35) departed early to go to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where they worked in the Islamic community at the Qamaruddin Al-Islamiyan School located beside the mosque. 

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Clifton, New Jersey, USA – The RYS Educators Conference was held to further standardize our educational plan and create a manual that project leaders can use as a guideline for any future RYS/Peace Park projects.

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Australia – On November 25th Fazida Razak, an RYS Global manager held an EID celebration at her home in order to celebrate the end of Ramadan. This celebration was also an opportunity to acknowledge the co-partners of Building Bridges events in 2006 and to forge stronger ties for 2007.

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India  – Participants were warmly welcomed by the Muthuvan tribal people, who were very happy to receive outsiders coming to offer substantial help. The RYS participants were instrumental in the critical reconstruction of a local school building, destroyed by the monsoons.

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Kandapola, Sri Lanka  This year Sri Lanka had a unique RYS program called the CELEBRATION OF LIFE. Participants helped to provide a running water facility for the area around the Methodist College in Kandapola, as well as upgrading the Primary section of the school.

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Pilistvere, Estonia – One group worked at the Lutheran church cleaning and finishing the restoration work in the steeple of the church. The second group worked on two adventure courses which benefited the community and could be enjoyed by everyone. Finally, on the third project, the group built an extension to one side of the sauna and on the roof.

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Waterford, Jamaica – Thirty-two young people labored enthusiastically cleaning, repairing and painting the Waterford High School, the Waterford Primary School, and the Waterford Community Center.

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Tangalle, Sri Lanka - After the December 26, 2004 tsunami, RYS worked with other agencies to build a community center and sports complex in Tangalle, on the southern coast.

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Kingston, Jamaica – Religious Youth Service (RYS) organized a Leadership Seminar to educate its next generation of leaders or second wave of leadership, to help expand its worldwide work.

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Lan jia chun, China – Chinese and foreign RYS participants helped the workmen building a kindergarten in the small village.

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Airai, Palau  RYS participants restored Bai ra Mlengl, the village's traditional meeting place.

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Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala – RYS volunteers from Cuba, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, United Kingdom, and the United States helped build additions on to a Mayan school.

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