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The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a world of peace centered on universal spiritual and moral values.

Peace is freedom in tranquility.

Religious Youth Service Projects Print E-mail


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.

Resource page for organizers

  RYS introductory video (20:31 minutes) and PowerPoint presentation

Overview of RYS projects in 2012 and 2013.
Read reports of projects in 2012 and previous years.

Projects in 2014

August 3-6: Chisinau, Moldova
July 21-24: Washington DC, USA
July 13-20: Zugdidi, Georgia
May 29-31: Quezon City, Philippines
January 7-16: Comayagua, Honduras

Projects in 2013

December 18-22: Jerusalem, Israel
December 16-22: New Delhi, India
December 11-20: Nuwara-Eliya, Sri Lanka
August 21-25: Songkhla, Thailand
March 18-23: Multan, Pakistan

November 24-30

Religious Youth Service Project in Pokhara, Nepal

A Religious Youth Service project took place in Pokhara, Nepal November 24-30 with the theme “Peace through Service.” Participants engaged in community-based volunteer work, educational activities, interfaith and community visits, interactive programs and cross-cultural learning experiences. The 41 participants came from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Russia and Canada as well as Nepal.

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Pokhara, Nepal


August 1-10

Religious Youth Service Project in Estonia

A Religious Youth Service project took place in coordination with the Johvi Lutheran Church in the northeastern part of Estonia August 1 to 10. Participants improved the building and grounds of a Lutheran church, worked on projects in the community, and assisted with other work. The experiential-learning program included presentations on relationship-building, teamwork, a culture of heart and tolerance.

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For a report by Anastasia Petrovskaya, click here.

Johvi, Estonia



July 20-28

Religious Youth Service Project in Georgia

A Religious Youth Service project took place July 20-28 in western Georgia's historic province of Samegrelo. Zugdidi, the center of the region, is located 318 km west of the capital city of Tbilisi, 30 km from the Black Sea coast.

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Zugdidi, Georgia


July 9-13

Religious Youth Service Project in Washington DC, USA

Planning for the July 9-13 Religious Youth Service program in Washington, DC, began months ago inspired by the project in Albania in 2012. The daughter of the Botswana ambassador and the daughter of the Ghana ambassador were among the 18 participants.

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Washington DC, USA


June 1-7

Religious Youth Service Project in 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 to 7. The 30 participants were joined by local students for the educational and service programs at the Sri Bhairum Higher Secondary School, the only higher secondary school in the area.

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Read reflections by Bangladeshi participants Nitol Chakma and Shehreen Ataur Khan.

Nuwakot, Nepal


May 25-31

Religious Youth Service Project in Tajikistan

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

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan

February 1-5

Religious Youth Service Project in Ufa, Russia

In celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, a Religious Youth Service program took place February 1-5 in Ufa, capital of Russia's Bashkortostan. It brought together young people of different faiths to promote a tradition of tolerance in relations between different religious traditions and encourage fruitful cooperation for peace.

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Ufa, Russia


Last Updated on Monday, July 21, 2014