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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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Nuwara-Eliya, Sri Lanka - A Religious Youth Service project in Walapane, central Sri Lanka, Dec. 13-20, 2013, included educational presentations, leadership development, learning about Sri Lanka's diverse religions and constructing a floor for a village medical clinic.

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Pokhara, Nepal - A Religious Youth Service project in Pokhara Nov. 24-30, 2013, included community-based volunteer work, educational presentations, interfaith and community visits, interactive programs and cross-cultural learning experiences.

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Bangkok, Thailand - Religious Youth Service coordinators from ten nations in Asia participated in a conference on “Peace, Development, and Transformational Leadership for Building Nations of Peace,” in Bangkok Sept. 12-16, 2013.

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Songkhla, Thailand - Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Unificationist youth helped renovate a school building in Songkhla, Thailand, Aug. 21-25, 2013, as part of a Religious Youth Service project that included visits to religious sites and interreligious dialogue.

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Johvi, Estonia - A Religious Youth Service project at the Johvi Lutheran Church in northeastern Estonia Aug. 1-10, 2013, included improving the building and grounds of the church, activities in the community and presentations on relationship-building, team work and a culture of heart.

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Zugdidi, Georgia - A Religious Youth Service project July 20-28, 2013, in western Georgia included renovating a social center, doing ecological activities, visiting places of worship, educational programs and sports.

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Washington DC, USA - A Religious Youth Service program in Washington DC July 9-13, 2013, included interfaith education, a leadership development component and building a peace garden.

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The journey of this year’s Religious Youth Service project in Nepal started on June 1 when participants got on the bus heading from Kathmandu Valley to Nuwakot. Throughout the bus ride, the scenery of the surrounding places enchanted everyone because of its mountainous picturesque beauty. Although the bus journey went a little bumpy, the exhaustion went away once the participants arrived at the Shree Bhairam Secondary School, where the school principal along with the teachers and students greeted the participants with their traditional silk scarf, vermilion, and flowers.

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Our historic journey started from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal on June 1. Thirty participants rode a reserved bus to the Religious Youth Service project site in the town of Nuwakot.

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Nuwakot, Nepal - Bangladeshi, Russian, Pakistani, and Nepali youth were invited to Nuwakot in central Nepal for a Religious Youth Service project that included interactive learning opportunities and painting a school June 1-7, 2013.

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan - "Dushanbe – City of Peace," was the theme of the first Religious Youth Service project in Tajikistan, May 25-31, 2013, that included visiting religious and historic sites and taking orphan children on an outing.

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Multan, Pakistan - A Religious Youth Project in Multan, Pakistan, March 18-23, 2013, included cross-cultural experiences, an international peace conference, planting trees in various religious institutions and visits to historic sites.

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