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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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Koggala Beach, Sri Lanka—As Friends Alumni Leadership Training immediately followed the RYS project and its purpose was to train a group of leaders that could return home an organize or support local RYS activities.

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Cape Town, South Africa—RYS had its final project of the year which was timed to coincide with the World Parliament of Religion's and to demonstrate the spirit of religious and racial cooperation that can lead us into a new millennium of peace.

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Cape Town, South Africa—RYS participants joined the World Parliament of Religion's and shared the intercultural and interfaith experience with some of the 7000 participants.

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Batangas, Philippines—In late October, the RYS held its second project of the year in the state of Batangas in the Philippines. Based on the success of the first project, the RYS returned to tackle additional environmental work.

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Belfast, Northern Ireland—Thirty-five RYS participants from twelve nations joined together to model and build a Peace Garden at the Columbanus Center for Reconciliation.

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Ulan Bator, Mongolia—In late August, thirty-five RYS participants trekked to the intriguingly beautiful nation of Mongolia. Participants worked in two teams in Ulan Bator with the first helping on the repairs of a monastery. A second work site was at a school where participants helped build a small playground, construct a toilet, painted and landscaped the school grounds.

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras— July began with Honduras hosting a major international RYS project as part of the Friendship America's Project. This program brought together youth from fourteen nations in North and South America as part of an effort to promote religious and cultural understanding.

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Honduras— In early June, the RYS was took part in the inaugural of the Honduras National Youth week and helped support the opening day's festivities. RYS International Director, Rev. John Gehring spoke in front of the National Congress concerning the role of youth in pioneering a path of religious and cultural cooperation in the America's.

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Batangas, Philippines— Through the sharing of time, labor, conversation and culture with the predominantly Muslim community the RYS participants gained some deep insights into aspects of life and human nature.

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Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala— The year began with the RYS active in the America's as Guatemala hosted its second project in Santiago Atitlan on beautiful Lake Atitlan. The project had thirty participants and staff build an additional wing on a school whose student body is composed largely from children who were victims of the recent civil war.

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Birmingham, Great Britain— Work occurred in Saltley and Nechells (a part of Birmingham's inner city) a nature trail and picnic area was built and an old bus garage was made into a recycling centre and a tree nursery formed was formed.

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Taipei, Taiwan— This was a major project which drew participants and staff came from nine nations. Senior education leaders worked to develop the international educational background and communication skills of the participants. Numerous cultural programs were part of the program and the RYS built on the national foundations in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan RYS alumni.

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