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Paraguay, July 3-19 – A project of UPF and the SNA-SDWP

We are excited to announce that on July 3-19th the 2nd International Pathways to a Sustainable Future Project will take place in the Pantanal region of Paraguay.  This project, designed for those 18-30 years old and is co-sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation and the South and North America Association for Sustainable Development and World Peace.

The Upcoming Program                                                                                                                    

Participants on this Summer’s project are coming from throughout South America as well as the USA, Europe and Asia. A substantial part of the program will take place in Olimpo which is an area of Paraguay where Rev. & Mrs. Moon devoted much time, energy and heart. While living in  Olimpo participants will work on a school and with the local indigenous community.  Following the experience in Olimpo participants will gain hands on experience at the Leda Settlement – a sustainably developed community inspired by the vision and efforts of Dr. Sun Myung Moon.

How to Be a Participant

All potential participants will need to submit an application (ProjectApplication2016 (5)) and two recommendations to be considered for participation.  The application and further information can also be found on our website: www.ledaproject.comThe expense for international travel to and from the local airport in Asuncion, Paraguay is the responsibility of participants.  Beyond this, a Participant Fee of $950 is required to cover domestic transportation, housing, food and program expenses.  Limited partial scholarships may be available for some exceptional candidates upon being accepted to the program.


It is recommended that participants be 18-30 years of age.  All volunteers must be in good health and willing and able to do physical work, while also being willing to live in humble circumstances at times.  The primary language of the project will be English but some Spanish translation will be made available.

Participants should be motivated by a desire to contribute to society through working together as a global community. This program is open to people of all faiths and is alcohol- and drug-free.  Men and women are expected to honor and care for each other as well as all those persons whom they come in contact with.

Please view our website: www.ledaproject.comand you will see why this project is an opportunity of a lifetime.


About the Leda Settlement

The Leda Settlement is a community that has worked to put its beliefs into practice for nearly two decades.  It strives to be a model of regional aquaculture and agricultural development which can contribute to ending the crisis of world hunger.  Participants will learn about the challenges these pioneers faced over the past two decades while also gaining their own experiences. Many opportunities will be available to enjoy the natural beauty of the region through fishing, horseback riding and hiking.

Volunteer Projects                                                               

Since 2001, the Leda Settlement has been hosting teams of international volunteers that have been very active working and sharing with the local indigenous communities.  The volunteer teams together with Leda residents have helped build and repair four schools, plant numerous trees, and donate a wide variety of clothing and school materials for the residents.

Local Indigenous Villages                                                                                                                      

Leda SettlementLife in the region’s indigenous villages offers a chance to understand how many of our world’s poorer citizens live.  Participants may also share the ‘opportunity’ to not have running water or electricity but they will soon discover the exceptional warm heart of the local residents.

Activities in Asuncion

Participants will arrive for an orientation in the capital city of Asuncion and return there in the closing days of the program.  While in Asuncion, opportunities will be provided to meet and share with local citizens, build friendships as well as experience the rich culture of Paraguay.

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