AYLP Thailand

Announcement Regarding AYLP 2017:

While the Mansfield Center is proud to have offered AYLP for four years, currently the State Department is not funding any AYLP program in the country for 2016-2017, so we will not be able to offer AYLP in summer 2017. However, we hope that we will have the opportunity to offer the program again in the future.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, AYLP Thailand 2016 engages 20 Montana high school students and two Adult Participants on an all-expense paid study of Thailand focused on food security & climate change, leadership development, and community service.

Program Details

Managed by the Mansfield Center, the program introduces Montana youth and educators to the global issue of food security in the face of climate change, in the context of Thailand and Montana. Montana participants will engage in international dialogue with their Thai peers on shared concerns and possible solutions, as well as an exploration of each other's cultures.

The three and a half week exchange in Thailand will tentatively take place July 3 – 30, 2016, to be confirmed upon purchase of air tickets.

2016 AYLP Informational Flyer





The U.S. State Department and the Mansfield Center encourage applications from students with disabilities and from adults who have experience working with youth with disabilities. We have an established history accommodating participant needs and seek to engage underrepresented populations in international exchange opportunities. Accessible student applications, accessible student evaluations, and accessible adult applications are available if needed.

Eligibility Criteria for Adult Participants and Students

Student Participant Selection Criteria:

  • US citizen.
  • Montana resident: homeschooled or attending a public or private school in Montana during the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Age: at least 15 years old and no older than 17 at the beginning of the exchange (July 3, 2016) AND have at least one semester of high school left to complete after the exchange.
  • Demonstrated interest in food security, climate change, and international affairs. 
  • Demonstrated service to the community.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, maturity, integrity, social skills, and open-mindedness.
  • Motivation to be a successful cultural exchange participant.

Participant Expectations:

  • January to June 2016: Participate in monthly teleconference, video, or in-person meetings with the group to prepare for the in-country learning experience.
  • Complete assigned readings and activities as well as conduct personal research to prepare yourself for the program to maximize your learning opportunities.
  • July 3-5, 2016: Participate in the three-day orientation in Missoula prior to departure to Thailand.
  • July 6 – 30, 2016: Travel to Thailand (exact dates to be confirmed upon purchase of air tickets).
  • August - December 2016: After you have returned from Thailand and no later than December 2016, conduct a community service project to introduce others to Thailand and what you've learned.
  • Conduct yourself during all program activities as a responsible representative of the United States.
  • Be flexible, attentive, inquisitive, and enthusiastic during program activitiesWillingness to give informational talks at your high school to help recruit future AYLP participants.

Adult Participant Selection Criteria:

  • US citizen.
  • Teach full-time at a Montana high school (public or private) or have significant engagement with youth.
  • Interest in Thailand, international engagement, and food security/nutrition/climate change issues.
  • Interest in assisting youth to become productive and responsible members of society.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and open-mindedness.
  • Ability to enthusiastically support teenage participants.
  • Strong teamwork, communication, and leadership 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 (February 2016) and participate in all monthly webinars (June 2016)
  • Available to attend pre-departure orientation in Missoula (July 3-5, 2016) and travel to Thailand for 23 days (July 6 – 30, 2016).

Desired Adult Participant Applicant Traits:

  • Experience leading international student groups.
  • An academic emphasis or thematic expertise in agriculture, biology, health, or international affairs.
  • Experience working with diverse student populations and/or youth with disabilities.
  • 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.

More Program Information

Information Sessions.  Project Manager Kelsey Stamm is available to visit interested schools for informational sessions. To schedule a session, contact kelsey.stamm@umontana.edu or (406) 243-2838.
AYLP Blog.  To read about the previous AYLP Thailand and Cambodia exchanges, visit our blog.

About AYLP and the Mansfield Center 

The American Youth Leadership Program is sponsored by the Youth Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Thailand program is one of six 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 Thailand, 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.

AYLP 2015

Check out the slideshow of 13 items below:

  • Slide Title: Participant Alyssa with an elephant
  • Slide Title: group photo
  • Slide Title: students on the beach
  • Slide Title: students under a canopy
  • Slide Title: students on bikes
  • Slide Title: students doing an icebreaker
  • Slide Title: thai dancers
  • Slide Title: thai student covered in mud
  • Slide Title: elephant
  • Slide Title: student with Lisu tribe
  • Slide Title: students planting rice
  • Slide Title: students planting rice
  • Slide Title: thai temple

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