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 to take action, addressing issues within the community. There are three separate 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 is in Waco at Heritage Homestead where youth participate in hands-on workshops and demonstrations of sustainable agricultural practices. 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. Three online webinars are held to prepare youth for the final educational program, 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 25 youth; applications are available in September. The cohort of 25 youth are ‘together’ through July the following year.
See links below for more information.
- GLOBE 2022-2023 Announcement
- GLOBE 2022-2023 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 Host Families volunteer across the state. Host Families must have a youth of the same gender and similar age (within 4 years); Japanese youth delegates are 12-14 years of age. Adult chaperones can be placed with Host Families who do not have children. Tentative hosting dates for 2023 are July 24 through August 18. 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
- 2023 Host Family Opportunity – Dates Coming Soon!
Outbound Exchange Programs
4-H youth travel abroad
Texas youth, age 14 and older, may also travel to Japan, Costa Rica, South Korea, Taiwan, Romania, Finland or Norway for a similar four-week summer homestay in 2023. 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 2023 is November 15, 2022. If interested, please contact Dr. Locke.
- Online Application
- Outbound Program Comparison includes travel dates and Program fee information coming soon!
Global Citizenship Study Trip
Join us for 8 days in Barcelona and Madrid in July, 2023!! Travel to two historical cities each with their own unique culture. In Barcelona we will tour the Basilica De La Sagrada Familia, Gothic Quarter, Monjuic Castle and other local attractions. In Madrid, we will tour the Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol and the local market while also taking in a flamenco dance workshop! 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. More Information coming soon!