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Economic Empowerment Program

The 2013 Economic Empowerment Program
For Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam

Applications for Cambodian applicants should be e-mailed to

Help Our Homeland and the Mansfield Center of The University of Montana seeks professional applicants for a program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.  The Economic Empowerment Program focuses on expanding economic opportunity to broader society, with the goals of increasing incomes and reducing poverty. Participants will represent business, non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations, and educational institutions. For more information about the program, please visit our website: Click here to get Application Form

Candidate Criteria:
  • English-language fluency.
  • Clear understanding of economic empowerment issues that affect your community.
  • Aged 25-45, though this is not an absolute requirement.
  • Plan to return to your organization following completion of the program.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in your work.
  • An emerging or mid-level professional with the background to benefit from this learning experience.
  • Completion of relevant education (preferred but not required).
  • Suitability of the applicant’s organization to benefit from this exchange and to host a U.S. participant.
  • Commitment to hosting a U.S. participant for 10-20 days.  This includes organizing a professional program, a cultural orientation, and working with the local partner and the Mansfield Center to organizing logistics such as lodging and transportation. (All activities are paid for by the program, not by you or your organization.)
  • The support of your supervisor and/or organization.
  • A commitment to the time investment required to make the program a success.
  • A demonstrated interest in working in cross-cultural settings.
  • Demonstrated understanding of program objectives.
  • Communication of personal goals in line with program objectives.
  • Participants chosen from each country as a whole reflect the diversity of that country in terms of its populace, geography, and variety of economic interests/fields/organizations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to strengthening your community.
  • Little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States.
  • Be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive program, Fellowship position, community service, and travel program in the U.S. for approximately 37 days.
  • Be able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those in Cambodia.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 November 2012. Late applications will not be accepted.
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