Global experiences

Just as 4-H goes beyond our doorstep and your county line, it also goes beyond our nation’s border.

4-H Global Education contributes to understanding people of the world through hosting, travel experience, project, and activity enrollment for individuals and clubs. Global Education provides insight into the world for 4-H families in whatever area they choose to participate.

Walnut Grove family hosts student from Japan as part of Missouri 4-H exchange program

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    4-H members have the opportunity to participate in global education in a variety of ways. They can host an exchange student, participate in the global education project, or even take a trip to another country over the summer. The experiences that a member can get from global education are ones that will last them forever, and give them an insight into the different cultures around the world.

    For more information, please contact the coordinator, Joyce Taylor.

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    Hosting and exchanges

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      Being a host family

      Freedom Support/Future LEaders Exchange (FLEX)

      FLEX high school host family

      • Serve as a host family for students from Eurasia countries such as Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan who will be enrolled as a junior or senior in the local high school
      • Student will arrive in August with departure in May
      • Applications are due by Dec. 1

      Japanese high school host family

      • Serve as a host family for a Japanese student who will be enrolled at a local high school usually as a junior or senior
      • Student will arrive in August with departure in June
      • Applications are due by Dec. 1

      Japanese short-term host family

      • Opportunity to serve as a host family for a youth from Japan for four-weeks
      • Youth will be with the host family from mid-July to mid-August
      • Opportunity to serve as host for two weeks for the adult chaperone who accompanies the youth delegates
      • Applications are due by March 1

      Applications

      If you would like to be a host family, please fill out the application on the official exchange website. If you would like a hard-copy version of the application, please contact Joyce Taylor for more information.

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      Outbound exchanges

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        South Korea exchange

        • July 15 - August 13, 2019
        • Open to youth 12-18 (must be 12 by date of travel; no older than 18 during exchange period, cannot be in college)
        • Four week life experience living with a family in South Korea.
        • Attend 4-H International Camp for 2-3 days.
        • Applications are due by November 1
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        Finland exchange

        • June 26 - July 27, 2019
        • Open to youth ages 15-18 (must be 15 by date of travel; no older than 18 during exchange period, cannot be in college)
        • Four week experience living with a host family
        • Nordic Camp experience
        • Applications are due by November 1
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        Japan exchange

        • 8 week Nihongo Program (June 12 - August 8, 2019): For the First 4 weeks, stay with a host family in the Tokyo area, while attending an intensive Japanese language program. After 4 weeks of the language program, you will move to a second host family for regular 4-week homestay (see below).
        • 4 week Home stay Program (July 10 - August 8, 2019): Live with a host family for the month and experience daily life. You will be placed with a host sibling of the same gender with similar age. A group camp is offered through Labo and Ultrek.
        • Applications are due by November 1
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        Costa Rica exchange

        • June 20 to July 19, 2019
        • Open to youth ages 15-18 (must be 15 by date of travel; no older than 18 during exchange period, cannot be in college)
        • Four week home stay
        • Applications are due by November 1
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        Missouri IFYE Alumni Association

        Families and individuals who have participated in the Global Education program in Missouri are invited to become members of the Missouri IFYE Alumni Association.

        • Provides support to statewide Global Education programs
        • Provides scholarship funds for exchange participants
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        Resources

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