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Religious Youth Service Projects Print E-mail


Religious Youth Service 2013 from Universal Peace Federation International

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

View photos of RYS projects in 2012 and 2013.
See list of projects in 2012; read the archive of reports.

Projects in 2013

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 presentations, 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

UPF-Estonia organized a Religious Youth Service project 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 successful model carried out in Albania last year. Initially outreach was to the diplomatic community. The embassies of Botswana, Ghana, and Timor-Leste responded. 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. The Sri Bhairum Higher Secondary School was established more than 55 years ago. It is the only higher secondary school in this area, and many students come from far away to study in this school. This school has more than 600 students from grades 1 to 12.

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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 Tuesday, April 01, 2014