Apply to be a host:
Thank you for your interest in Ulster Project Cincinnati. All Catholic and Protestant/non-denominational Christians are invited to apply and 12 will be chosen, so please be sure and tell us about yourself in the spaces provided. This will allow us to select and match the best candidates for the coming year.
Interviews and home visits are scheduled during the month of November.
Selections will be made in early December with pre-program meetings starting in January.
We are looking forward to a great year. Thank you again for applying and good luck.
Host Selection Committee
Each July, a group of 12 teens from Enniskillen (County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland) come to Cincinnati and stays with host teens and their families. The teens are half Catholic, half Protestant, half boys, half girls, and typically 14-15 years old. This year’s Northern Irish teens will be from the 2004 birth year. US Teens can be born anywhere from 2002-2005. They are matched with a host family teen of the same gender and based on factors like hobbies, interests, and church tradition.
The goal of the project is for all the teens to learn to appreciate and respect one another’s differences here on neutral ground.
During the month, all of the teens, both Northern Irish and American, participate daily in a variety of service projects, social activities, and discussion groups. These include things such as volunteer work at daycare centers, orphanages, nursing homes, swim parties, Kings Island, water parks, canoeing, Reds games, and a weekly facilitated discussion group where character issues and conflict resolution are discussed. (Fees for these events are paid for by the Project, not the Host Families.)
The bonds of friendship between the teens that are formed during the month are often long-lasting and provide an invaluable insight into another culture for many of the teens.