The ISKCON Youth Ministry youth tours are organized by volunteers for ISKCON Youth Ministry to inspire young people in Krishna consciousness. We travel on adventures across the globe, immersing ourselves in the blissful life of Krishna kirtan and Bhakti-yoga, and sharing it with others through cultural presentations. Our goal is that of the sages of old, “sarva sukhino bhavantu,” may everyone become happy by connecting with the Source of happiness.
We now have create a branch of ISKCON Youth Ministry projects in Europe – since 2013!
There are now 6 youth tours a year for you to join!
Tours in the USA
*ISKCON Youth Ministry Tours are overseen and run by 2nd generation couple Jaya Sri Radhe dd and Manorama das in the US, as well as other 2nd generation youth.
Kishori Yatra tour – Girls ages 11-15, Dates approximately June 6-29. http://kishoriyatra.com/
They’ll be traveling on the silver bus to Panihati in Atlanta, then on to New Vrindaban, Philadelphia, New York Ratha-yatra, Boston, camping in New Hampshire, Washington D.C., camping in South Carolina… fun, fun, fun in good association with devotee peers, and of course lots of kirtan, festivals, temples…
The Boys Summer Trip – 12 and up. Dates approximately July 1 – August 3. http://www.summertrip.org/
With only a couple of days between tours, the silver bus will drop off the Kishori Yatris and pick up the legendary Boys Summer Trip and take them on a whirlwind adventure across North America this summer. Washington DC Ratha-yatra, Montreal Ratha-yatra, camping with Bhaktimarga Swami on the Bruce Peninsula, Lake Superior, Toronto Ratha-yatra, Serpent River, Thunder Bay Festival of India, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary Ratha-yatra, camping, hiking and hot springs in Banff and Jasper National Parks in the Rocky Mountains, Edmonton Ratha-yatra, Yellowstone National Park (geysers, hot springs), Denver temple, whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River in Royal Gorge, Colorado; Dallas temple, New Talavan, and back to Alachua. His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami often travels with the boys, along with Kishore Rico (of the Mayapuris), Dattatreya Knighten, Ananta Sacasa and Naveen Allin.
Mexico Tour – Ages 16+. Dates approximately December 12 – January 4. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The one and only. All we can say is you ain’t seen nothin’ until you’ve seen the festivals the bus tour youth put on at the university in Tampico, and in Monterrey, Veracruz, Palenque Mayan ruins, Merida, Cancun, Tulum, white sand and turquoise water Caribbean beaches, San Cristobal, Tuxtla, Shambala, Villahermosa, Tulancingo, Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Colima… the jungles of Agua Azul… and having the association of Guru Prasad Swami and other senior devotees. Take a look at the photos from last year’s tour here. Cost approx. $900. Email us to let us know you’re interested.
Tours in the EU
*ISKCON Youth Ministry Tours are run by 2nd generation couple Kumari Kunti dd and Visvambar Caitanya das in Europe, as well as other 2nd generation youth.
Euro Bus Tour – 16-27 yrs old. Dates approximately July 15 – Aug 8th. (Not happening in 2015) Email: email@example.com – Fb Euro Bus Tour
That’s right. There will be yearly Euro Bus Tours for youth ages 16 and up, traveling all over Europe to sunny coasts, to busy cities and ISKCON farm communities. We do a Euro trip like none other! Seeing scenic sites and spreading the Holy Name all over Europe! Ever year is a different route, so keep posted for the upcoming plans! Some of the future countries maybe even Russia! Tour dates would be starting in the month of July, maybe extending into the first week of August. The organizers are currently busy working out the details so they can announce them to you in the next few weeks. The organizers are applying for grants to try to subsidize the tour as well. Email us if you’re interested so we can keep you informed with dates and schedule as soon as we know. Cost approx. 900 Euros.
Summer Trip – 11-15 yrs old. Dates approximately July 27 – Aug 10th. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Fb Iskcon Youth Summer Trip
2015 will be the first Summer Trip for ages 11-15 years old traveling around England/UK. We will have two minibuses – one for the girls and one for the boys and visit different yatras around the UK, doing harinam, kirtan workshops, Rathayatra performances and seeing the English countryside! This tour starts and ends at the Bhaktivedanta Manor and has VIP guests giving workshops and seminars throughout! Please email us for more info or see our Fb page.
About the ISKCON Youth Ministry Youth Tours
Manorama das (ISKCON Youth Minister – international) and wife Jaya Sri Radhe dd have been developing the idea of the youth bus tours since 1995, noting that youth love to travel, and that such road trips encourage young people to step out of their comfort zones, giving them an opportunity to do things they would never have thought possible, while building strong bonds of friendship and making memories.
Here’s what some past bus tour participants have to say.
“I went on six bus tours, and they were the best summers ever.” Chintamoni, California
“The tour was AMAZING…what more could you ask for then doing kirtan on beautiful beaches with other sweet devotee youth, eating incredibly delicious prasadam, going sightseeing, and the best part spreading Krsna’s Holy name and having SO much fun simultaneously :-)” Kalindi, Chicago
“It was the most amazing experience of my life. It was not easy, but the best things never are.” :-) Cristie, Chicago
“I was fortunate to be able to go on the tour. I truly feel this project is one of the most important projects ISKCON has to offer. It’s totally ecstatic and significant in it’s preaching value, and gives our youth (and those not so young) opportunities not to found elsewhere.” Purusartha, Florida
“I loved it so much! I hope to be able to go again sometime.” Krsna Chandra, Toronto
“You bring people together. We are one big family and we get the opportunity to associate this way. So thank you! Having not been raised around devotees it was really nice to connect with others my age who had grown up in similar situations. There was no explaining, watering down by beliefs, asking if the food was vegetarian. It was a simply refreshing experience on that level and I swear the people I met I already knew from another lifetime and we got to finally see each other again.” Radha-Prema, Montreal
“I was on the bus tour for the first half of the summer and I have to say that my only concern was…why hadn’t I gone before?! It was such an amazing and special experience getting to bond with other devotees that I thought I already knew. I made so many close friends and we all got a chance to inspire each other. Being a part of the stage performance was one thing that I absolutely loved. Getting to spread Krsna to so many people who otherwise would have had no clue is such a wonderful privilege that [the organizers] gave me that summer. I was overwhelmed by the response that we got everywhere that we went. We brought a constant party with us and I loved getting to do kirtan any time of the day or night with all the people that I love.” – Acyuta Gopi, New York
“Best time of my life :)” Braja, North Carolina