Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, AYLP Cambodia 2014 engages 20 Montana high school students and two high school teachers on an all-expense paid study of Cambodia focused on leadership development and community service.
Our AYLP 2014 group is now in Cambodia! Follow their experiences at the AYLP Cambodia blog.
The Mansfield Center is pleased to announce the 2014 student and adult participants! You can find their names here. We would like to thank all who applied and are proud of Montana’s commitment to international exchange and education.
Managed by the Mansfield Center, the program introduces Montana youth and educators to the unique environmental challenges Cambodia faces, while fostering international dialogue on shared concerns and possible solutions.
This exchange begins with an orientation in Missoula on June 15, 2014, and will conclude with a return from Cambodia to Missoula on July 11, 2014. View a tentative program itinerary here.
Applications are now closed for AYLP 2014.
Adult Participant 2014 Application - DEADLINE EXTENSION - applications now due November 18, 2013 by 9:00 am.
Student 2014 Application - due November 15, 2013.
The application period is now closed. Thank you for your interest.
Hear what Native American UM student, Monica Lomahukluh, has to say about her Mansfield study abroad experience in Southeast Asia:
Student Participant Selection Criteria:
- US citizen.
- Montana resident: homeschooled or attending a public or private school in Montana during the 2013-2014 school year.
- Age: at least 15 years old and no older than 17 at the beginning of the exchange (June 15, 2014) AND have at least one semester of high school left to complete after the exchange.
- Demonstrated interest in environmental issues through coursework or extra-curricular activities.
- Demonstrated service to the community.
- Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, maturity, integrity, social skills, and open-mindedness.
- Motivation to be an active and successful exchange participant.
Adult Participant Selection Criteria:
- US citizen.
- Teach full-time at a Montana high school (public or private).
- Interest in Cambodia, environmental/international issues.
- Interest in assisting youth to become productive and responsible members of society.
- Maturity, flexibility, adaptability, and open-mindedness.
- Ability to enthusiastically support teenage participants.
- Strong communication skills.
- Willingness to serve on student selection committee and complete committee duties in a timely fashion.
- Plans to remain in teaching positions or other positions of influence on young leaders.
- Available to attend in-person meeting in Missoula (January 2014) and participate in all monthly webinars (February-May 2014).
- Available to attend pre-departure orientation in Missoula (June 15-17, 2014) and travel to Cambodia for 24 days (June 18-July 12, 2014).
Desired Adult Participant Applicant Traits:
- Experience leading international student groups.
- An academic emphasis in environmental studies or international affairs.
- Represent and respect the diversity of Montana.
- Creative problem-solving skills.
A student or adult candidate will be considered ineligible if s/he has previously traveled outside the United States on any State Department-funded program within the past three years or if s/he has accepted a scholarship for an impending US government-funded exchange program. Should an applicant be accepted for more than one State Department-funded youth program in this timeframe, s/he must choose between the programs and select only one program in which to participate.
Information Sessions. Project Manager Kelsey Stamm is available to visit interested schools for informational sessions. To schedule a session, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 243-2838.
AYLP 2013. To read about the Cambodia exchange held in June-July 2013, visit our blog.
Media Coverage. Read participant impressions of the program in recent news articles.
The American Youth Leadership Program is sponsored by the Youth Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Cambodia program is one of eight AYLP programs. AYLP is designed to advance mutual understanding between the people of the United States and of other countries, prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens, spark an interest in learning about foreign cultures, and develop a cadre of Americans with cultural understanding who are able to advance international dialogue and compete effectively in the global economy.
With experience leading international exchange projects since 1983, the Mansfield Center has extensive and well-established relationships in Cambodia, as well as experience with high school educational travel overseas.
Learn more about the Mansfield Center's program staff, Deena Mansour and Kelsey Stamm.
Learn more about the Mansfield Center.
Questions pertaining to the application process or program in general can be referred to Kelsey Stamm via email or by phone: 406.243.2838.
The Mansfield Center of the University of Montana does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its programs and activities.
Students on the ALYP Cambodia trip, 2013