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 4-H Connect. Limited to first 40 participants. See links below for more information.
International Exchange Programs
Due to COVID-19 the 2020 International Exchange was canceled. Planning is currently underway for 2021 – Texas 4-H will seek twenty to twenty-five Host Families. Tentative dates for 2021 are July 21 through August 11. More to come!
Texas 4-H partners with States’ 4-H International Exchange Program and the LABO 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; Japanese youth are typically 11-14 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 4-H Connect. Tentative dates for 2020 are July 24 through August 19, dates will be finalized in January 2020. See links below for more information.
Texas 4-H will also host South Korean 4-H youth delegates for a similar 4-week homestay. Korean youth delegates are typically 14-17 years of age. There will be one adult chaperon with the group. 4-H membership is 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!
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 2020. A new program allows Texas 4-H youth to participate in a 3-week exchange with Argentina 4-H. 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 is November 15, 2020. If interested please contact Dr. Locke as soon as possible.
- 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 2021!! 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.