This August, I will be spending two weeks in Mongolia through the Professional Fellows Program (PFP). Funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, PFP is an NGO capacity building project for organizations in almost 50 countries around the world, including the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia.
Since 2015 a total of five cohorts of Chinese and Mongolian fellows have come to the United States for placements in organizations in the fields of the environment, legal aid, philanthropy, and community building among marginalized populations. In addition to learning about American NGO work in their fields, fellows worked on an individual project that he/she was to implement upon returning home. Since August 2015, four groups of Americans from the organizations that hosted the Asian fellows traveled to China/Mongolia to work with fellows on their individual projects, speak about their work in the United States, and learn about civil society in China and Mongolia. In August 2017, I will be with the fifth group of Americans will travel to China/Mongolia for the same purpose.