In an ever changing world, it’s important to understand new cultures, languages, and be willing to accept all people with different cultures, customs and values.
You can interact with people from other countries, explore various cultural norms and learn about their customs. This project can include home study, international travel, and service projects.
Global Leadership Opportunities Beyond Education
Check out this program that provides a Global Village simulation with Heifer International in Perryville, Arkansas allowing youth participants to experience poverty, limited resources and life in a developing country, without actually traveling abroad. In addition to the experiential activity at Heifer Ranch, youth will participate in three online webinars and complete a service learning project in their own community. 2018 applications now being accepted on 4HOnline. Limited to first 40 participants. See links below for more information.
International Exchange Programs
Texas 4-H partners with States’ 4-H International Exchange Program and the LEX program of Japan to place Japanese youth and chaperon delegates in Texas homes for a four-week summer immersion homestay. Host Families must have a youth of the same gender and similar age (within 4 years); Japanese youth are 12-14 years of age. Adult chaperones can be placed with Host Families who do not have children. All persons in the home over the age of 18 must be registered as volunteers in 4HOnline. Hosting dates for 2021 are July 24 through August 18. Delegates will arrive and depart out of Houston’s Bush Intercontinental airport. See links below for more information. 4-H membership is preferred, but not required to serve as a Host Family, please share with others in your community this opportunity for cultural immersion! Apply now to be a Host Family!
Due to COVID-19 and fluctuating international travel restrictions of the Japanese government, the Inbound Program scheduled for July-August 2021 has been cancelled. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Darlene Locke.
Outbound Exchange Programs
Texas youth, age 14 and older, may also travel to Japan, Costa Rica, South Korea, Taiwan, Romania or Norway for a similar four-week summer homestay in 2022. Members travel with 4-H members and a chaperone, representing up to 28 states across the nation. See flyers for specific information on each of the countries. Exchange delegates have already been accepted for 2021, the deadline to apply for 2022 is November 15, 2021. If interested, please contact Dr. Locke.
- The application is completed online at https://smr.to/p66312
- Outbound Program Comparison includes travel dates and Program fees
Global Citizenship Study Trip
Join us for 10 days in Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest during summer 2022!! Travel through the Iron Curtain and World War II to Gothic cathedrals and ancient cities that are now more vibrant than ever. Berlin mixes historical significance, rich culture and an exciting cosmopolitan energy. Prague, which escaped the bombs of World War II, woos you with old-world charm. And in Krakow and Budapest, two of Europe’s most underrated cities, architectural gems await around every corner. It’s an incredible opportunity for you to explore new places and cultures, and we can’t wait to see you discover more about yourself in the process.
Due to COVID-19, the Global Citizenship Study Trip has been rescheduled to July 2, 2022. Space is available for new enrollees! Join us for 10 days in Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest during summer 2022!!