Upcoming RYS projects in 2002

April 19-28
Nakorn Si Thamarat in Southern Thailand

Ambassadors for Peace RYS Initiative in Nakorn Si Thamarat in Southern Thailand. During this project in Thailand will work in the rural community of Nakorn Si Thamarat in Southern Thailand. Participants will construct a classroom and involve themselves in the local community. Cost for international participation is $ 250 (special consideration for national participants)

Contact person is Delia J at: prthai@yahoo.com

April 28-29th
Regional RYS Training Program in Southern Thailand

Following the Thai RYS project, a special international leadership program will be offered for selected RYS alumni and community organizers who are interested in organizing service programs , RYS projects and other interfaith programs. Program fee: $ 50

Contact person is Delia J at: prthai@yahoo.com

May 3-10
Malaysia near the Thai border

Our volunteers will work with a local university and NGO's in creating a model of cross-cultural service. This largely Muslim community has invited participants of all faiths and cultures to take part in a variety of service activities including the construction of a community education center. ($ 120)

Contact Person: Professor Shakirah at: nengutara@hotmail.com

June 29-30
Koror, Palau Leadership Training Program (Tentative dates)

A leadership seminar for those that want to learn more about public service, character education and interfaith and inter-cultural cooperation.

July 2002

(exact dates to be announced)

For information please contact: Massimo Trombin at: Irff.Trombin@village.uunet.lu

July 11-31 Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras:

IIFWP Ambassadors for Peace: 13th Friendship America's Project

Beginning in Guatemala City this Central America project will have 70 international students travel to three nations: Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. They will take part in education and cultural programs, labor in community service projects at local hospitals, schools, and in areas of disrepair. This is the 13th RYS Friendship America Project and it is a substantial contribution towards ecumenical and inter-cultural cooperation. We will have two age groups for participants 15-18, and 19-29 years old. Staff can be older. The cost for participation is $ 750 (does not cover international travel) For more information please contact: Carol Pobanz (English) at cprys@optonline.net or Daniel Bessel (English or Spanish) at ubrys@hotmail.com

July 2002
Samoa Island Friendship Project: Ambassador of Peace Initiative for Youth:

Co-sponsors: Religious Youth Service/Service for Peace and the Ministry of Youth in Samoa.

Young adult volunteers coming largely from Oceania will come to Samoa to offer a week of service, share in interfaith and cross-cultural programs and get a chance to work and live and share with Samoan youth . Our program includes work service, reflection, and cultural programs with an emphasis on character education and development issues. Time will be given to enjoy the sea and the beautiful surrounding. The program fee is $ 400 (US). Exact dates will be set soon. Please inquire by contacting:

August 1-2
Guatemala City:

RYS Regional Training Program and an IIFWP seminar will be held for RYS alumni leaders and community activist interested in promoting the ideals of interfaith cooperation and cross-cultural cooperation. Fee: $ 100 includes hotel and meals. (alternative arrangements possible) Contact Daniel Bessel for information. Contact Daniel: ubrys@hotmail.com

August 6 - 17
Trinidad and Tobago (dates may be slightly adjusted)

Returning to Trinidad and Tobago the RYS will work in cooperation with Prime Minister Patrick Manning and other Ambassadors for Peace. We will again work with Habitat for Humanity and other service organizations during our time on the island. Time in the program will include visits to Muslim, Christian and Hindu sites of worship, cultural programs, and time to visit the beaches and other areas of beauty.

Cost of the project $ 400. Contact Person: John Gehring at >John@rys.net

August 18-19
Trinidad and Tobago Regional RYS Training

Following the project a special program will be held for training youth leaders in developing the heart, mind and skills for being better prepared to be peace makers. Cost $ 100

August 9-18
Zambia 6th Africa Rising Project

Returning to Zambia after building a school for orphans of AIDS, our project will work to pull participants from East and Southern Africa along with international participants in an effort to build a model of ethnic, tribal and religious harmony. Cost: For Africans $ 50, for those residing outside of Africa the cost is $ 350. For information: Massimo: Irff.Trombin@village.uunet.lu or Nicholas at: ChishaN@napsa.co.zm

Recent Projects in 2002

January 13-22

With a goal of promoting Island Friendship and reconciliation between people, 55 enthusiastic representatives from seven nations (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Soloman Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Samoa) joined together in working with a team of IIFWP Ambassadors for Peace in creating a community area Nambucca Heads, Australia that was for the benefit of local Aboriginal residents.

During our time working and also at several educational and cultural programs we were joined by many from the community. The work we completed included constructing two gazebos, fundraising and installing playground equipment, landscaping the playground area and repairing a community building. This is the 3rd RYS project in that community and now as a result the Aboriginal community has a beautiful area set aside for intergenerational use.

During our stay, participants slept and ate at two local schools and had the opportunity to enjoy both the ocean and the natural beauty of the land. Near the closing of the activities, 250 community members joined in a cultural program which pulled everyone together in a deep bond of friendship. A nature trek was organized by an Aboriginal guide immediately following the program. For additional information or updates on Australia's RYS plans please contact: Mrs. Aila Willet at ailawillitts@hotmail.com

January 18-19
Auckland, New Zealand:

Members of various NGO's and from the Ratana Morehu Youth movement joined together in a leadership program that versioned out an action plan for interfaith service projects in New Zealand. Projects with the Maori people, environmental projects and working with the Sea Cadets on survival training were some of the suggested projects for the near future. For more information please contact:

Kim and Suzanne Pene at morehu@ihug.co.nz

January 22-23
Tongatapu, Kingdom of Tonga:

The RYS worked with the IIFWP Ambassadors for Peace Youth on an initiative which brought together 65 church, NGO and youth leaders in a program involving public service, character education and interfaith cooperation. This was the first program held in Tonga and covered on National TV during both days. Participants want to soon follow up with other programs. Contact person: Chihiro Midorikawa : chihiromidorikawa@hotmail.com

January 24-25
Apia: Samoa:

The RYS and the IIFWP Ambassadors for Peace joined in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to provide a two day program of service, interfaith cooperation and character building. 60 participants spent time at the National Olympic Sports office cleaning and landscaping the grounds are part of the work service. Joined by members of the staff of the Ministry of Youth all the participants worked out a vision and plan for setting up an interfaith RYS committee which will be active in creating programs of public service. Our program was covered by National TV and radio. Contact person in Samoa: Yves Moreau: moreau@samoa.ws