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Want to make a difference in the world? Want to create lasting friendships?

The World Youth Alliance International Summer Camp (ISC) is an exciting and personally enriching experience for young people ages 13-18. During this intensive one-week program, young people from all over the world come together to learn about the dignity of the human person and how this concept is the foundation for policy, culture, development, and  change. Participants learn to articulate and defend a vision of the human person that is both positive and critically engaged with global issues.

The 2018 ISC will take place July 8-July 15 in New York, at WYA headquarters and different venues in the city. Guided by our dynamic team of staff and counselors, campers will take part in an intensive formation process as well as fun and lively outdoor excursions throughout the week.

Camper Application Process

All potential campers must complete the ISC application available on the “Application” tab.

Camper Fee

Camper fees cover all accommodations and meals for the duration of the camp. Campers are responsible for their own transportation and visa fees.

  • single camper: $650/camper
  • group of 2 campers: $600/camper
  • group of 3 campers: $550/camper
  • group of 5 campers: $400/camper

If you are a high school teacher or principal who would like to send a group of campers to ISC, please inquire for larger group rates at northamerica@wya.net.

Camp Counselor Application Process

Youth from North America, between the ages of 18-30, most especially former WYA interns and campers, are invited to join WYA ISC as camp counselors. 

The 2018 counselor application form will open in 2018.

Application Deadlines:

  • May 7, 2018: for campers who need to apply for a US Visa
  • May 15, 2018: for camp counselors
  • June 7, 2018: for campers who don’t need to apply for a US Visa

2018 Camp Topics Include:

  • Is the human person a subject with dignity?
  • What is authentic freedom?
  • Bioethics: How do we develop different ethical positions beginning with an understanding of the human person?
  • How do we become champions for the defense of the human person?

Outdoor and Cultural Activities:

  • Sports and Recreation
  • Kayaking
  • Movie Nights
  • and More!

Applying is easy!

  1. Read and agree to the World Youth Alliance Charter by signing here.
  2. Fill out the ISC Camper Application form below by May 7th, 2018, for those who need US Visas and June 7, 2018, for those who don’t.
  3. Please submit your summer camp payment after you receive your acceptance letter.

Please follow the steps below to process your camp payment after you receive your camp acceptance letter.  All camp fees must be paid by June 15th, 2018.

  1. For payments by check, please note the following information:

Payable to: World Youth Alliance
Memo line: 2018 Summer Camp
Mail checks to: World Youth Alliance 228 East 71st Street New York, NY 10021 USA

  1. For payments via Paypal, please click the button below. Please note that for campers who have been granted a scholarship, you will be sent a separate payment link via e-mail. You will receive an acknowledgement of payment by email automatically at the end of the fee processing.

“The camp changed the way I see myself and other people. I learned to always seek the good when I have to make decisions in my life. And to treat people as subjects-always. The people here are fantastic. It has been an experience I will never forget.”

– Ida, Denmark

“The experience of the entire camp was totally unlike anything I have ever done before. I have never been to a camp like this, and it is totally new, fascinating and unique. It has brought me out of my bubble and opened me up to a new view of the world.”

– Jack, USA

“The World Youth Alliance International Summer Camp was such a fantastic experience, I learned so much about human dignity, about a diverse new group of people, and about myself.”

– Elizabeth, USA

“It has been an incredible experience, full of informative and fun activities that impacted my understanding and awareness of the world we live in.”

– Rokaia, Egypt

Who is eligible to apply for the ISC?

The WYA International Summer Camp is open to all applicants age 13-18 years old. We highly encourage high school students and university students to apply. We welcome campers from all cities and all countries all over the world.

What are the expected activities? What is the schedule like?

The summer camp will comprise of training on human dignity and how this idea is the starting point for change in the world through engaging and fun activities. Outdoor excursions include a hiking trip, kayaking, a bonfire, and different sports games. Camp days will begin at 9:00am and, depending on the day’s agenda, can run until 10:00pm at night.

Does WYA cover travel and visa costs?

Summer campers are responsible for their own travel and visa costs going to and from New York. WYA will be able to provide a letter of invitation if necessary for visa applications.

What are the arrangements for pick up or drop off at nearby airports?

WYA campers, particularly those who are minors, will be picked up and dropped off by camp counselors to and from the airport. Please select a flight en route to JFK or LGA airports.

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WYA Asia Pacific will be holding its 12th Summer Camp this 2018!

The camp is a 6-day learning and leisure opportunity designed for Asia Pacific youth to expand their knowledge about human dignity and their role in development through completing the WYA Certified Training Program–a course that provides a comprehensive summary of philosophical, historical, and modern-day ideas that focus on the dignity of the person and human rights advocacy. It also provides the foundation for the mission of the World Youth Alliance.

The summer program presents an opportunity for holistic self-development, cultural exchange, and leadership training through lectures, discussions, and team-building activities. It aims to train youth in communicating articulately in the discourse of human dignity in order to engage local and international communities in developing person-centered solutions to global issues.

We offer our camp participants an excellent opportunity to:

  • Gain the knowledge and ability to communicate articulately the idea of human dignity through the WYA Certified Training Program.
  • Expand their horizon and develop their leadership and social skills through our various group activities.
  • Have the chance to engage with other young people from various backgrounds
  • Become eligible to participate in other WYA regional and international events that are exclusive to WYA Certified Members.

The program will include discussions on:

  • Dignity and human rights
  • What it means to prioritize the person
  • Social issues and person-centered solutions to issues
  • The youth voice in the international arena
  • Universal values such as solidarity, freedom for excellence, beauty, and others

Read the camp FAQs to learn more about the application process and other components of the camp itself, or view photos of last year’s camp by clicking this link.

Venue

The 2018 WYAAP Summer Camp will be held in Antique province, Philippines.

CAMPER APPLICATION PROCESS

All interested campers must accomplish and submit their online application forms on or before March 30, 2018 (Friday). Shortlisted applicants will be notified via e-mail after the application deadline and will move on to the 2nd and final screening process (short video submission). Accepted applicants will be notified via e-mail.

Late application forms (those sent after March 30, 2018) will only be reviewed if camp slots are still available. Late applicants will settle a higher application fee.

Complete the camper application form here

Camper Fees

Regular Applicants: $ 175 USD / Php 7,900 (for applicants residing in the Philippines)
Late Applicants: $ 185 USD / Php 8,200 (for applicants residing in the Philippines)

Camp fees must only be settled upon receiving your official acceptance letter. The fees will cover all accommodations, meals, and other program items:

  1. 6 days, 5 nights shared room accommodations (males and females will be assigned separate rooms)
  2. Local travel during the camp program
  3. Full-board meals
  4. Summer Camp kit
  5. WYA T-shirt
  6. Program activities
  7. Certificate of Participation
  8. Inspiring discussions and an enriching active environment

Travel, lodging, visa application (if applicable), and tax expenses before and after the camp dates will be the sole responsibility of the participants. Fees are also exclusive of additional bank charges.

 

FACILITATOR APPLICATION PROCESS

Only WYA Certified Members (those who have passed the WYA Certified Training Program) are eligible to become a Facilitator.

Apply for the role of a Lead Facilitator if you would like to lead a camper team and conduct a CTP lecture. Otherwise, apply for the Support Facilitator role. All application forms must be accomplished and submitted no later than March 30, 2018.

Complete the facilitator application form here

Facilitator Fees

Lead facilitators: $ 170 USD / Php 7,600 (for applicants residing in the Philippines)
Support facilitators: $ 175 USD / Php 7,900 (for applicants residing in the Philippines)

 


WYAAP does not provide scholarship grants for the WYAAP Summer Camp; however, we may provide letters to help you request for funding from contacts and institutions. Send us an email at wyaap.summercamp@gmail.com for letter requests.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What happens in the Summer Camp?

The World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) Summer Camp is a major educational training program of WYA wherein campers undergo the WYA Certified Training Program (CTP). The activities will include innovative discussions and lectures, leadership training, team-building activities, and site excursions. The Summer Camp is an excellent platform for individuals who wish to expand their knowledge about advocating the dignity of the person and wish to experience cultural exchange, strengthen their capacity for leadership, and learn more about the role of the youth in development.

What is the Certified Training Program?

The WYA Certified Training Program is a short course designed to provide comprehensive training on the context, ideas, and work of World Youth Alliance. It presents a summary of philosophical, historical, and modern day texts that focus on the dignity of the person and human rights. The training includes a final Accreditation Interview exam which will assess the trainee’s mastery of the lessons. Download more information about the CTP here.

What do I get out of the CTP?

Completing the CTP and obtaining certification will equip you to communicate articulately and persuasively on behalf of the dignity of the human person; provide you with a vocabulary to engage the international community and larger culture on issues relating to the dignity of the person, human rights, and integral development; make you eligible to speak on behalf of WYA and participate fully in WYA activities such as joining an international internship, opening a WYA Chapter, participating in the International Solidarity Forum, among many others; and represent WYA in local and international events

Who is eligible to join the Summer Camp?

The WYAAP Summer Camp is open to youth between the ages of 16 to 24 years old belonging to countries in the Asia Pacific region.

How many applicants will be chosen to join the camp?

Applicants will be screened based on the content and quality of their application requirements. Around 30 campers will be selected to join the camp.

What is the daily schedule like?

Camp starts daily at 7:30 AM and ends at around 9:00 PM with meals and snacks served in between. A regular day will consist of CTP lectures, team-building activities, group discussions, skills training, and leisure time.

Are adult chaperones permitted to accompany their children?

Adult chaperones will be allowed to, as long as rooms are still available at the venue. Chaperones will be covering their own travel, accommodation, and meal expenses.

Do you provide scholarships?

We currently cannot provide scholarship funding for our applicants; however, we can assist you in looking for sponsors should you be accepted.

 How can payments be settled?

Camp payments must only be settled after receiving your official acceptance letter. For accepted applicants, fees may be settled in cash or check through bank deposit, personal payment at the WYAAP office or online payments via PayPal. Complete payment information will be given to accepted applicants. Bank charges are excluded from the registration fee.

Is the camp fee refundable?

No, the camp fee is non-refundable.

Who will be managing the camp?

The WYAAP Summer Camp will be managed by WYAAP Staff and volunteer facilitators. Campers will be assigned to different groups (7 to 8 campers in a group), where there will be two facilitators assigned for each group.

Will we have an internet connection at the venue?

Yes, there is wifi in certain areas of the resort. Mobile signal is also available at the venue; however, the WYA Summer Camp Program encourages its campers to unplug themselves from their gadgets for a few days and to be present in the moment in order to take full advantage of the camp.

Can we bring our electronic gadgets during the camp?

You may bring your gadgets to the camp but WYAAP nor the camp facilitators will not be responsible in case they get lost or broken throughout the program.

What if I want to explore the Philippines before or after the Summer Camp?

For our international participants, we highly encourage you to stay in the Philippines for a couple more days to explore the different tourist destinations the Philippines offers. However, expenses incurred before and after the summer camp will be the sole responsibility of the participants. Our WYA camp facilitators will also not be held responsible for booking your flights or hotel accommodations.

 



Have more questions? Send us an e-mail at wyaap.summercamp@gmail.com or call our office landline at (+632) 921 5162.

Not sure what to expect? Read about last year’s WYAAP Summer Camp here or view our photos here.

 

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Venue:  Eagles Point Camp, Elementaita, Kenya

Dates: Sat 1st – Sat 8th Dec, 2018

Participant ages: 14 – 16 years old

We shall be opening the applications by April 2018.

The 2018 Furaha Camp, will be the fifth (5) camp to be organised by WYA Africa. Furaha is the Swahili word for happiness. The camp will be hosted at the Kenyan countryside, in collaboration with Eagles Point Camp, in Elementaita, Kenya, along the Rift Valley, with a fine access to Lake Elementaita. The camp is fundamentally aimed at enabling young people 14 – 16 years old to gain values in an atmosphere which is relaxed and fun in addition to providing the opportunity to interact with many cultures, and nations, since participants will come from different countries in Africa. This will be a great addition to the continuing education in character and human excellence as is unique at WYA.

Schedule in Brief

Saturday 1st  December

9:00 a.m. Assemble at WYA Africa Office and travel from Nairobi to Elementaita, Kenya

12 noon Rift Valley View Point

Sunday 2nd  December

9:00 a.m. Morning Activities

11:00 a.m. Team Selection, Camp Objectives & Expectations

3:00 p.m. Community Service

Monday 3rd December

6:00 a.m. Morning Activities, sports, sunrise views

9:00 a.m. The World of World Youth Alliance

2:00 p.m. Picnic, Walk to Local View Point

6:00 p.m. Rest, Board Games & Dinner

8:00 p.m. Debates,Quizes, Discussions & Reflections

Tuesday 4th  December

6:00 a.m. Nature Trail, bird watching

9:00 a.m. Getting to Know Eagles Point Camp, History & Museum

2:00 p.m. Metal Works, Cooking, Arts & Crafts

6:00 p.m. Rest, Board Games & Dinner

8:00 p.m. Campfire

Wednesday 5th December

6:00 a.m. Morning Activities, sports, swimming

9:00 a.m. The World of World Youth Alliance

2:00 p.m. Practise for Cultural & talent night

6:00 p.m. Rest, Board Games & Dinner

8:00 p.m. Cultural & talent night

Thursday 7th December

6:00 a.m. Morning Activities, sports

9:00 a.m. The World of World Youth Alliance

2:00 p.m. Swimming, Cycling,

6:00 p.m. Rest, Board Games & Dinner

8:00 p.m. Dance night, Movie

Friday 8th December

6:00 a.m. Morning Activities, sports

9:00 a.m. Excursion to Kariandusi Pre-Historic Site

2:00 p.m. Excursion to Keekopey Hot Springs

6:00 p.m. Rest, Board Games & Dinner

8:00 p.m. Campfire & barbecue

Saturday 9th December

9:00 a.m. Departure through a Local National Park

6:00 p.m. Arrive in Nairobi from Elementaita, Kenya, pick-up at WYA Africa Office

*Movies to be screened will be obtained from WYA’s Film List.

NB: All education materials will be based on an integration of WYA’s Certified Training Program and Human Dignity Curriculum.

 

Download Application Form

Send the completed application form to africa@wya.net.

Each applicant will pay 13,000 KSHS (or 130 USD) for the week-long camp.

The camp fee includes 7 residential nights at Eagles Point Camp in Elementaita, Kenya, travel to and from Nairobi , meals, WYA Africa Camp Kit and camp material (including certificate, t-shirt, study material), WYA t-shirt & wristband.

Payments will be made upon WYA’s confirmation to attend the Camp.

BY SAFARICOM’S MPESA

Through the World Youth Alliance Africa MPESA Paybill number, MPESA Business Number is 559066, with account number as Furaha Camp

By CHEQUE

To World Youth Alliance Africa, delivered on or before Friday 28th September 2017.

BY WIRE TRANSFER

Please include the following information when making a wire transfer

Details of Payment: Furaha Camp

Bank Name: Chase Bank (Kenya) Limited

Swift Code: CKENKENAXXX

Account Name: World Youth Alliance Africa

Account Number: 0011005361001

What is the Furaha Camp?

The Furaha Camp is a remarkable training opportunity for young people, to educate in WYA values, in an atmosphere of fun, and in solidarity with many young people from other backgrounds, cultures and countries.

Who is invited for the Furaha Camp?

Young people aged 14 – 16 years.

Why is it important and worthwhile?

This year’s theme is Truth, Love and Culture. Nature & culture is resplendent with the Elementaita Countryside making this an ideal location for the camp in December. This will enable an atmosphere of fun, sports, and group activities, boosted well with an intellectually engaging understanding of the human person through the human dignity lens, as is characteristic at WYA, to build a culture that respects the dignity of each person.

What logistics will be provided?

Meals, accommodation, transport to and from Nairobi , certificates, WYA t-shirts, and Camp study material will be provided for the duration of the camp. All travel expenses to and from Nairobi; will be borne by the participants. All other travel, lodging, visa and tax expenses before and after the camp will be the sole responsibility of the participant. WYA Africa will maintain correspondence with applicants, to enable a smooth travel experience.

How will visas be processed for participants outside Kenya?

Kenya allows visa waivers for many countries. Please check with the Kenya Department of Immigration to confirm whether you require a visa or otherwise. Each participant will be required to have official travel documents (passports or as required by law). Supporting documents from WYA Africa will be provided to enable an easy entry into Kenya through customs. Participants from outside Kenya are encouraged to check immigration procedures prior to travel.

What is the cost of the Camp?

The conference will cost 13,000 Kenya Shillings (or 130 USD) per participant. This will include the 7 residential nights at Eagles Point Camp in Elementaita, Kenya, travel to and from Nairobi (for those who will require this), meals, WYA Africa Camp Kit and camp material (including certificate, t-shirt, study material), WYA t-shirt & wristband.

Where do I get the Application Form?

Find the application form here.

How do I make payments?

Payments will be made as detailed in the “Fees and Payment” section of this webpage.

What is the dress code for the camp?

The dress code will be casual for all the days of the camp. Campers are encouraged to maintain a dress code that is modest.

What important dates should I keep in mind?

Applications Open : Sunday 1st April 2018 

Payment deadline: Friday 28th September 2018  

Furaha Camp Dates: Saturday 1st – Saturday 8th Dec 2018

Note : Once in receipt of acceptance letter one should begin to make payments, deposit Kes 3,000 immediately and final payment before deadline as slots are limited.

If my inquiry is not addressed?

For any inquiries, reach us through africa@wya.net or directly call us through +254-202-508-626. We look forward to meeting you and your friends soon in Kenya, at the Furaha Camp.