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
GLOBE is a multi-faceted program for youth in grades 7-11 to develop an understanding of poverty and what it looks like in various communities, explore culture, learn about sustainable agricultural practices, build upon personal leadership skills and take action, addressing issues within the community. There are three separate in-person educational programs beginning with a Global Village simulation at the 4-H Center in Brownwood, providing youth the opportunity to experience poverty, limited resources and life in a developing country, without actually traveling abroad. The second program, held in January, is a service-learning activity; the location varies from year to year. Youth share their knowledge and strengthen personal leadership skills by presenting two GLOBE programs and providing leadership for a service-learning project in their community. Online webinars are held throughout the year-long experience. The final in-person activity is a week-long immersive experience in Costa Rica to continue learning about culture, poverty, sustainable agriculture and nature-based tourism. Enrollment is limited annually to 20 youth; applications are available in September. The cohort of 20 youth are ‘together’ through July the following year.
See links below for more information.
- GLOBE 2023-2024 Announcement
- GLOBE 2023-2024 Application
- Explore Guide: Global Opportunities Beyond Education
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
Inbound – Host Family opportunity
Texas 4-H partners with States’ 4-H International Exchange Program and the LABO and LEX programs of Japan to place Japanese youth and chaperon delegates in Texas homes for a four-week summer immersion homestay. There are no state-wide activities scheduled as we have Host Families across the state. Host Families must have a youth of the same gender and similar age (within 3 years); Japanese youth delegates are 12-14 years of age. Adult chaperones can be placed with Host Families who do not have children. Hosting dates for 2024 are July 20 – August 19, 2024. Delegates will arrive and depart out of Dallas/Fort Worth International airport. All persons in the home over the age of 18 must be registered as volunteers in 4HOnline. 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!
- States 4-H International Exchange
- Host Family application
- 2024 Host Family Opportunity – July 20 – August 19, 2024
OUTBOUND EXCHANGE PROGRAM
4-H Youth Travel Abroad
Texas youth, age 14 and older, may travel to Japan, Costa Rica, South Korea, Taiwan, or Norway for a similar four-week summer homestay in 2024. Youth participating in the Argentina Exchange Program are housed in hotels; no homestay is included. 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. The deadline to apply for 2024 is November 1, 2023. If interested, please review the linked documents and contact Dr. Locke.
- 2024 Outbound Programs
- Link to Online application
- Outbound Program Terms and Conditions
- Outbound Program Comparison
Global Citizenship Study Trip
Texas 4-H members who will be going into 7th-12th grade in Fall 2024, join us for 10 days (8 days on the ground) June 8-17 in Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest! 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. We will have an opportunity to visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and Memorial before moving on to Krakow and Budapest, two of Europe’s most underrated cities, where 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. If interested, please contact Dr. Darlene Locke Darlene.firstname.lastname@example.org