Every summer, a group of Protestant and Catholic teens from the Greater Belfast area of Northern Ireland travel to Stark County, Ohio. Along with their American Host Teens, they experience an incredible month of friendship, fun, and peace-making. We plan a full schedule of social, service, spiritual and community-building activities for them.
One day might find them at a community-building retreat. The next day, they might enjoy a day in Amish Country. They attend church together on Sundays and serve the local community at soup kitchens, working with the developmentally-disabled, and building houses for the disadvantaged. Cedar Point, a formal dance, a tour of City Hall, family cookouts, and so much more are on the schedule. We do more in four weeks than most teens do all summer!
This is all designed to foster friendships and community. Needless to say, it's a great way to make new friendships, have new experiences, and learn peacemaking and leadership skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
The Project is all about building friendship and community between Catholics and Protestants, American and Northern Ireland teens. Toward this goal, we provide great opportunities to gather and grow together. Our teens look forward to each new day, as they enjoy many new and fun experiences. Field trips, house parties, dances, swimming, Cedar Point, camping, or just hanging out, they truly have the time of their lives.
So many life-long friendships have been made in the Project. Our Guest Teens from Northern Ireland become part of the family. And they build new friendships across the sectarian lines that divide people in their homeland. Many have told us they never had a Protestant or Catholic friend, until they joined the Ulster Project. That's what this Project is all about - bringing people together.