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 upcoming season, please CLICK HERE for more information about applying to be one of our US Host Families.