The Luby-Jenkins Student Exchange Program


About the Zorig Foundation

Program overview

The Luby-Jenkins Student-Exchange Program was created in cooperation with the Zorig Foundation and the Denver Sister City Council. The aim of the program is to educate Secondary-school students in obtaining leadership skills, and to help them become socially responsible and capable citizens in society. The exchange-program was founded by Walter Jenkins, president of the U.S. located Zorig Foundation. 

Program Eligibility 

The program is only eligible to Secondary school students in the 10th and 11th grade, who:

  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 17
  • English proficiency level must be at an upper-mediate level and above
  • Should be mentally open to self-improvement
  • Should be available for the entirety of the 8-month program 

Program outcome 

Within the duration of the 8-month program, students will benefit in:

  • Obtaining leadership skills
  • Expanding knowledge and gaining an understanding of the various challenges today’s society is facing
  • Taking initiative and volunteering in social work
  • Improving English proficiency
  • Obtaining information for the purpose of applying for international universities
  • Opportunity to interact with students at the Denver-city schools in the United States 
  • After successfully taking part in the eight month program, participants will be able to take part in a two-week long program in Denver with no fees

Program curriculum 

The Luby-Jenkins Student Exchange Program opening: Students accepted into the exchange program will be acquainted with one another, and the parental approval process of participating students will begin. 

Seminar: Within the duration of the program, students will obtain knowledge on the basis of solving issues, listening to various opinions from others, and gain a deeper understanding in specific subjects. 

Obtaining skills/training in: Students will gain skills in planning and writing projects, and posses the skills to work and develop. 

Curricular tours: students will tour through various international locations and gain an understanding of their environment. 

Group based projects: Annually, participating students are separated into 4-5 groups and use the knowledge they’ve obtained throughout the program and independently work on specific projects. 

Closing ceremony: During the closing ceremony, the American exchange students will still be residing in Mongolia and all participating students and their respective groups will present their independent projects to each other and summarize what they have learned and experienced during the program. 

Frequently asked Question (FAQ) 

Q: Who is the program intended for?

A: Although the program is primarily intended for secondary school students specifically in the 10th and 11th grades within the city of Ulaanbaatar, we do try to reach out to rural school students who have a relatively poor access to the city center. 

Q: Does the program only cater toward 10th and 11th graders? 

A: Yes, we’ve calculated all aspects and possibilities to broaden the eligibility of our program and have decided to keep it as such. For example: 12th graders are not eligible due too the fact that they’ve to prepare for their final exams to graduate. 

Additional information 

Walter Jenkins – First began working with the Zorig Foundation in 2001, and in cooperation of the foundation, created the scholarship program that benefited student seeking academic education abroad. In that same year, he created the Young Leadership Program, the first of its kind in Mongolia. Since then, he has supported multiple programs and accumulated over 700 thousand dollars in investments, the Luby-Jenkins Student Exchange Program being one of many. 

Denver Sisters City Council Board – Formal relations between the city of Ulaanbaatar and Denver city were established in 2001. Since then, both have cooperated in various programs in business, education, and culture. The Denver City Council board has been working with the Zorig Foundation continuously for 12 years, implementing educational partnership programs with the Luby-Jenkins Student Exchange Program.