Wonderful exchange program between public schools in Boston, MA and Mongolia

Emerging Youth Leaders program opens dialogues between countries, sends students and teachers abroad in 2011

United Planet and iEARN training students in MongoliaThe wonderful exchange between public schools in Mongolia and Boston will take place in 2011. Fifteen students and teachers from each country will have their minds and hearts opened by traveling to the other country, living with families, touring historical sites, and exchanging information about media in a civil society. These folks will travel free of charge, thanks to a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs  – surely giving them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

United Planet is honored to be the organization chosen to implement this program on the ground in Mongolia and in Boston, MA. But what a task! We have to train teachers, interview students, locate host families, consider translation challenges – and learn loads and loads!

Boston Public School delegationApril 2011: The Boston Public School delegation of 11 students and 4 teachers has been chosen; and they have attended their first training. Read a report and view some photos on our blog.

November 2010: United Planet Vice President Theresa Higgs just returned and filed wonderful reports about her time in Mongolia. Please read and comment in our blog! Thanks. Also check out her photos of United Planet and iEARN in Mongolia!

Emerging Youth Leaders

The focus of the Emerging Youth Leaders program is democracy and free expression in civil society.  In addition to the exchange between the two countries in 2011, the students and teachers in participating schools in both countries will receive training and complete projects around free expression, journalism and the media.

United Planet is proud to administer this program with the following partners:

  • U.S.Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – total funding for the program
  • iEARN USA (NYC) – Grantee of Emerging Youth Leaders grant   (iEARN USA)
  • Mongolian Education Alliance (Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia) – administering program in Mongolia

Emerging Youth Leaders Program Overview

Phase 1: Training for teachers in both countries about how to integrate the focus concepts into their classrooms (November – December 2010)

Phase 2: Teachers integrate activities and assignments into their curriculum, and exchange ideas and concepts online with teachers and students from the other country. (December 2010 – December 2011)

Phase 3: Twelve students and three teachers from participating Boston schools will travel to Mongolia for three weeks (summer 2011)

Phase 4: Twelve students and three teachers from participating schools in Mongolia will travel to Boston for three weeks (October 2011)

Phase 5: Students will have access to mini-grants to support their work on projects and assignments related to this program (September - December 2011)

For more information, please refer to the United Planet media release: 

Boston Public Schools Student to Engage in Groundbreaking Exchange Program with Mongolian Schools in 2011