Update 9/29/22 – We are exploring the possibility of resuming the Utah Ulster Project after a pause of 3 years due to Covid.  Here are some details of our current plans.

Dear Friends of the Utah Ulster Project –

It is with great joy that we are pleased to announce we are looking into resuming the Utah Ulster Project for the Summer of 2023.

Due to the 3 year interruption of this beloved program because of COVID, we have lost continuity in our recruiting base of former teens and families that help us to spread the word.

As you know this is a huge undertaking.  We are asking you to kindly respond to our plea for help and assist us in recruiting for the 2023 Project.

In order to assess the viability of continuing our program, it is imperative that we receive responses no later than October 15th, 2022 so that we may begin our planning for next summer’s project.

We need help with recruitment in all areas:

  • Teen Participants:  Teen participants and their host families – Ages 14-16
  • Counselors: Young adults to work with teens and Project Director – Ages 22-29
  • Project Director:  Candidate to oversee project planning and manage the teens/counselors through July 2023.  Ages 27 and up. (This will be a paid position, job description available on request).

We are also looking for help of all kinds to pull a potential Project together.  If you are a past Utah host family member or past participant who might be interested in becoming a board member or serving on a committee, we would be delighted to speak with you!

All referrals will need to participate in the interview process

If you have a current family member, friend, or acquaintance you think would be interested in this life enhancing opportunity please contact me – my contact info is below.  Or Vice-President Julie Langie would also love to speak with you – 503-953-2630  JulieLangie@yahoo.com.

Blessings and Peace,

Marjorie Start, Utah Ulster Project Board President

Utah Ulster Project – UtahUlsterProject.org


Update 2/17/22 – Unfortunately, the pandemic situation continues to be both widespread and unpredictable.  The Utah Ulster Project Board has voted unanimously to not attempt a 2022 Project.  We all regret this necessity, but the protecting the health of our participants and host families needs to be our primary responsibility.  We have high hopes of continuing this important work in 2023.


Update 2/17/21 – It is with deep regret that we announce the decision made by Father John Forsythe, UP leadership in Northern Ireland, and fully supported by the National Steering Committee that due to the pandemic and the unprecedented circumstances surrounding it, the Ulster Project 2021 will not be held this summer. The health and safety of our participants is our highest priority and despite our optimistic hopes for a 2021 Project, the Utah Board is in full agreement with this decision. We are all hoping and praying for the possibility of a 2022 Ulster Project.


The Corona virus outbreak has escalated globally at a more rapid rate than any one of us could have imagined.  We don’t know when this will be contained, but want to be part of the solution to stop the spread and keep everyone safe and healthy.

It is with a heavy heart that we and ALL Ulster Projects, have decided to cancel this year’s Projects.  After discussions with our counterparts in Omagh and conversations with Fr John Forsythe, Director of the Ulster Project in Northern Ireland, we support and believe this is the correct and prudent decision.

We look forward to Ulster Project 2021!


The Ulster Project’s mission is “Transforming Young Christians into Leaders and Peacemakers” by providing a safe environment to learn and practice the skills needed to promote tolerance and respect across the lines that divide us.

For over 30 years, the Ulster Project of Utah has been hosting 12 teens from Omagh, Northern Ireland, for a month each summer. The teens, (1/2 Catholic & 1/2 Protestant; 1/2 male & 1/2 female) are matched with a Utah teen and their host family. Together the group of 24 teens, along with college-aged counselors and a program director, work together to build trust, learn and develop skills and share a fun-filled month of new experiences.



The Ulster Project activities include:

  • Social Activities – hiking, camping, swimming, rafting, etc
  • Community Service – food bank, homeless shelter, visiting the elderly
  • Faith Based Activities – worship services in both Protestant and Catholic churches
  • “Discovery”- facilitated discussion and activities addressing issues facing teens in their lives, schools, and communities

The Ulster Project is one of a few international peace-building programs where youth are the primary drivers for its success. Over the course of the program, lasting friendships are formed amongst the participants with many stating that the month has been “life changing” and “the best summer of their life”.

If you are interested in participating during the 2020 season, please CLICK HERE for more information about applying to be one of our US Host Families.