Friday, March 25, 2011

4-H International Exchange Opportunities

Ready to expand your world? Consider the 4-H International Exchange program. You can start out small with the summer, month-long exchange program. This involves hosting a 12-15 year old Japanese student, if you have a child the same gender and within 2 years of age as the student. Norwegian, Argentina and Costa Rican 15-19 year old matches are available as well.

High-school, year long- matches are also available for families. Host families do not have to have children of the same age or gender as the Exchange student.

If you are really adventurous, try the Outbound program. Opportunities are available for 13-19 year olds to travel to Japan, Finland, Australia, Argentina, and Costa Rica.


Application deadline: April 15

Hosting month-long Japanese students goes from July 14-August 19

Expectations: Families are encouraged to conduct their normal activities but to make sure that the student is introduced to the community and the family; ie, take student to the grocery store, have them visit the grandparents house if appropriate and close proximity, introduce them to neighbors and friends, go to 4-H meetings, take them to church if the family is a church goer etc... It is not required that the family plan special vacations.

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