Sameyah and Serendipity, Ten Years Later

“The word I’m thinking of in Arabic is سامية or Sameyah which literally translates to ‘sublime’ but has a connotation of something that is of a high value,” says Rokaia Elhommosani, describing what WYA means to her as we reconnect over zoom. I first met Rokaia ten years ago, when she was just sixteen years […]

WYA Croatia and WYA Europe host the 3rd International Summer School on Bioethics and Human Rights

“Attending the WYA summer school was an incredible experience. I learned about human dignity, gained valuable skills, and connected with like-minded individuals. Young people should attend to grow, advocate for human rights, and make a positive impact”. –Rosanna Salvador, ISSBHR participant from Spain Early August 7th, 40 WYA members gathered in Šibenik, Croatia, to depart […]

WYA welcomes 1,031 members at the 2023 World Youth Day

World Youth Alliance (WYA) staff and members attended the 2023 World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, held from August 1-6, 2023. The event recorded an attendance of over 1.5 million individuals from over 140 countries. It included a youth festival, a series of exhibitions and seminars, cultural events, and religious gatherings with Pope Francis. The […]

WYA Asia Pacific Hosts International Summer Camp in the Philippines

“Dignity gives the human person meaning in life. Without dignity, what is the meaning in life?” Aaron Halpine, an ISC Participant from Canada, shared. World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) wrapped up its first-ever International Summer Camp (ISC) on July 15th, 2023 in Iloilo, Philippines.  WYA members gathered in the Philippines on July 9th for […]

DigniTEA

Who would want to travel to a remote area miles away from their hometown and spend a whole week’s worth of summer vacation with people whom they have never met before–to study? Yes, lectures, and readings, and all those kinds of stuff. Probably no one, right? That’s what I thought too – but joining this […]

Learning to Understand Myself and Others

“What to do during the holiday?” Most of us will probably say, ‘rest, do nothing.’ Enjoying idle time would have also been my initial answer since I’ve been too busy doing office and college tasks over the past few months. Fortunately, reality turned out differently. I ventured to step out of my comfort zone and try […]

“Summer Paradise”

I was recently selected for the World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) 2019 Summer Camp program. I was truly excited to visit the Philippines, a rapidly developing country in the South-east Asian region. Reveries and expectations filled my mind while waiting for the dates to arrive. I remember singing the song, Summer Paradise in front […]

Thoughts about camp: A summer to remember

In all the past World Youth Alliance (WYA) events I have attended, the number one reoccurring theme (almost like a rule) for me was to have fun. This, for me, was one of the factors that kept bringing me back. But as I joined more WYA events I began to realize that the fun in WYA […]

Blog Series: Thoughts about camp

Thoughts About Camp is a blog series written by WYA Certified Members and Summer Camp graduates from the Asia Pacific region. Each article contains a personal reflection from a WYAAP Summer Camp graduate about how their experiences from the camp helped shape their understanding of themselves and of the world around them. Click on the photos […]

Thoughts about camp: More than a plane ticket

The moment I sent my camp participation fee was the same time I decided to experience something that I knew would be etched in my heart for a very long time. I liked the idea of traveling alone to somewhere I have never been to; perhaps even live for a week with people whom I […]