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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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California, United States—This conference for 500 religious leaders and scholars had a theme that related to passing on the inheritance to the next generation. Most of the participants and staff were worldwide RYS alumni who were invited to attend the Assembly of the World's Religions (AWR).

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Krakow, Poland—Three work sites, Krakow, Zakopane and Karniowice, all in the Southwest part of Poland, were arranged within a two-hour drive of each other. This project was welcomed by the Polish people and municipal leaders who viewed this as a great opportunity to link their communities to the international youth.

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Rome Italy—From April 17th to the 27th, participants repaired a former church that was being used for social services. Most of the participants helped with the carpentry work and light construction tasks.

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Southern Thailand—Based on the success of the first Thailand RYS project a second project, was designed and implemented from April 1st to the 13th. Whereas the first project was in the North, the second was carried out in the South and brought participants from all regions of the nation.

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Chang-Mai/Baan Nong Gai Village, Thailand— Thirty-one staff and participants attended this first Thailand National RYS Program, held in the Chiang Mai area, Thailand, on October 17-26, 1989.

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Rome, Artena and Palestrina, Italy— RYS participants enjoyed the cultural, historic, and sightseeing programs. The educational program offered not only a deep understanding of Christianity but of aspects of all the major world religions.

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New Dehli, India— RYS participants worked from January 4th to the 11th to restore parts of a Methodist Church and also repaired portions of a Delhi mosque to model the cooperation between people of faith.

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Baza, Granada and Sevilla, Spain— RYS renovated and built centers for different needs in three different cities. The program offered a rich diversity of cultural programs as well as special insights into Christianity, Judaism and Islam. 

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Lisbon, Portugal—The RYS selected Portugal as the host nation for the next project and chose to largely focus on caring for the African immigrant population near Lisbon. Constructing a community center was a way to help give a place for older and younger generations to come together.

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Western Kenya—In hopes to learn how to work efficiently in Africa the IRFF and RYS combined to set up a smaller regional project which could benefit the local community while serving as a training ground for future activites.

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Aphalit, Cavite and Ilo-Ilo Island, Philippines—The participants spent four days in Manila taking part in education and cultural programs. During this time they visited both religious and cultural sites including a mosque, Taoist Center, Buddhist temple and Roman Catholic Cathedral.

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