What is the Odd
Fellows and Rebekahs United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth?
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 Centre, the Statue
of Liberty, and much more.
Growing in popularity, the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs
United Nations 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.
Where does one apply?
Students should contact their local
Odd Fellow lodge or
Rebekah lodge or school
authorities for their application today!
Who sponsors the students?
Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges.
The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs United Nations Pilgrimage
for Youth program 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.
When are tours conducted?
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.
Who is eligible?
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.
What does it cost?
Expenses including transportation, meals, lodging, and
sightseeing are paid for by the Odd Fellow and Rebekah lodges in your
community, county, district, state or province, and donations by
corporations and individuals. 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 misbehaviour prevents further participation in the tour.
For more information, write to: