This unique Educational Program brings together high school students from around the world to study and learn about the United Nations. For young adults interested in world affairs, international relations, economics and/or political sciences this is an opportunity of a lifetime to observe the United Nations in person while exchanging views on education, politics and religion.
Tour the United Nations building and listen to behind-the-scenes briefings conducted by specialized United Nations agencies and departments. Mingle with young people from around the world making new and lifelong friends, plus experience one of the greatest cities in the world, New York. Attend a Broadway play; visit the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero and much more. Growing in popularity, the Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s Pilgrimage for Youth program has been garnering growing public attention in the United States, Canada and abroad. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the advisory List of National contests and Activities.
Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges sponsor the students. The Tour is funded by fund-raising activities and donations of the many dedicated members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, along with corporate and individual donations. This non-profit fraternal organization has sponsored over 37,000 students since the program’s inception in 1949!
After half a century, the members of Odd Fellow and Rebekah lodges continue to proudly inspire the young people of today to pursue global agendas that will enable them to help their communities relate to world affairs in the future.
Tours are conducted during June and July and vary from six to sixteen days in duration. Your sponsor will advise you of your specific departure date.
Competition is open to all high school students 16 or 17 years of age with a minimum of one year of high school remaining. Applications are reviewed by the selection committee for evidence of leadership, character, concern for community welfare, interest in world affairs and general fitness.
Applicants are required to submit an exam, write an essay and/or participate in a local speech contest.
The Odd Fellow and Rebekah lodges in your community, county, district, state or province, and donations by corporations and individuals pay expenses including transportation, meals, lodging and sightseeing. The student provides spending money for souvenirs, laundry, shopping, extra refreshments and some entertainment. Parents must give written permission for the student to attend the program and agree to pay for student’s return trip when an accident, illness or misbehavior prevents further participation in the tour.
Download the Pilgrimage for Youth Application Form
Janet L. Bruce, Executive Director 888-247-4983
The National Pilgrimage for Youth Website: www.unpilgrimage.org