Opportunity for Oregon Youth - A Month Immersion Experience in Mongolia

American Youth Leadership Program with Mongolia—Enhancing Global Perspectives

Applications will be submitted directly to the University of Wyoming, however, please also send a copy of your application to Lillian Larwood.

For a second year, this exchange will offer approximately 29 youth and 5 adults the opportunity to explore the vast historical and cultural traditions of Mongolia in a four week exchange program beginning mid June and ending mid July, 2012. The educational theme during the exchange will focus on environmental issues that are common to the western U.S. and Mongolia: water quality, renewable energy and land restoration/reclamation.

Youth and adults will be recruited from the 13 states which make up the Western Region of the Land Grant Universities Cooperative Extension Service: this includes Oregon!!

The purpose of Enhancing Global Perspectives in Youth is to provide an experience for youth and adult exchange participants to enhance global citizenship. The exchange will enhance understanding of cultural differences in both American and Mongolian youth so they may work effectively in a global society and become better prepared to positively address environmental issues that affect our world.

Youth applicants must…

  • Be at least 15 years old and not older than 17 years old by the trip departure date (approximately June 21, 2012).
  • Have at least one semester of high school left following the trip.
  • Have parents/guardians permission to participate in the entire program, including orientations and post-program activities.
  • Participate in pre-trip orientation, May 17- 20, 2012 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
  • Have an interest in environmental issues around water quality, renewable resources and land reclamation/restoration.
  • Have an interest in learning about Mongolian history and culture
  • Submit a complete application no later than January 15, 2012.
  • Participate in a web based interview.
  • Upon selection, participants will be asked to complete a medical information and behavior agreement form.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.


  • The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will cover most of the cost for this experience.  Please visit the website listed below for additional information related to costs for participants.

Adult Participants (chaperones)

  • Please visit the website listed below for complete details related to adult participants.

Program brochure additional information, and application forms

The applications are in a fillable adobe format so make sure you have the latest version of adobe reader – you can find the latest version here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

This exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the University of Wyoming, 4-H Youth Development Program.

Please contact Lillian Larwood with questions or concerns.

Lillian Larwood
4-H Specialist-World Citizenship
4-H Youth Development Education
105 Ballard Hall
Corvallis, OR  97331-3608
541-737-1316 (p)
541-737-1332 (f)