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4-H Youth Development

Kansas State 4-H Office
201 Umberger Hall
1612 Claflin Road
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5800
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Global Citizenship

Kansas 4-H Exchange Programs are truly "learn by doing" experiences in global citizenship. Kansas 4-H Exchange Programs are conducted by Kansas 4-H Youth Development and K-State Research and Extension. Kansas 4-H Exchange Programs began in Kansas with the International Farm Youth Exchange, then later named the International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) Program when 17 Americans traveled to European countries in 1948 to fulfill a dream of striving for world peace through understanding. Kansas 4-H International Exchange Programs today collaborate with the IFYE Association of the USA, Inc. for exchanges with 4-H alumni from 19-25 years old. In addition, Kansas 4-H collaborates with States' 4-H International Exchange Programs. S4-H Programs involve 4-H aged youth from 12-18 years old. Both IFYE and S4-H are separate programs for different age groups. They are true partners promoting cross-cultural and global education programs. 

Opportunities to travel are available for 4-H members and alumni between ages 13 and 26. The application deadline for all travel options for 2018 will be November 1, 2017, for full consideration. Other arrangements must first be cleared with Mary Kay Munson. Screening interviews and the first orientation session will be held Sunday, November 19, in Junction City, KS.  Specific questions may be directed to Mary Kay Munson, Kansas 4-H International Exchange Coordinator at 785-238-3631 or e-mail munson@ksbroadband.net.

Kansas 4-H has also been participating with the Kansas 4-H-Japanese Exchange since 1977, in collaboration with S4-H Programs.  Kansas 4-H again will be hosting Japanese youth and adult chaperones in Kansas from mid-July to mid-August.  We will need host families for the four-week period. If your family would like to get involved or you would like to know more details about hosting a Japanese youth in your home, please contact Rose Scott, Summer Japanese Inbound Coordinator, 785-565-3197 or e-mail sixtykid2@gmail.com.

Kansas 4-H & States' 4-H International Exchange Programs (S4-H)

States' 4-H International Exchange Programs (S4-H) collaborates with participating states (including Kansas) in coordinating 4-H exchanges for 4-H members 12-18 years old with partner organizations. Current partner organizations include Labo, LEX, and Utrek in Japan; Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) in the U.S. State Department; Finnish Suomen 4-H-Litto; National 4-S Foundation of Costa Rica; Norske 4H; and Korean 4-H.  

Many people have fond memories of Labo and LEX.  Here is a brief history of both.  Labo:  In 1971, the two-way Labo/4-H exchange program officially began. Kansas began exchanges with Labo in 1977. Kansas has hosted more than 3,100 representatives of the Labo program. In addition to sending Japanese youth to the U.S., Labo hosts youth from U.S. 4-H clubs.  LEX - The Institute of Language, Experience, and Exchange (LEX), was founded in 1981 and began sending youth to Kansas and the USA in 1982 and continues two-way exchanges. LEX involves parents and their children in small groups learning together languages, songs and games from other countries.

IFYE Association of the USA, Inc.

Kansas has a long history of involvement in cross-cultural exchange programs beginning with sending one of the first International Farm Youth Exchange delegates in 1948. Kansas partners with the IFYE Association of the USA, Inc., and with 4-H and rural youth organizations to provide home stays in countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. IFYE Representatives are unmarried young adults, 19-25 years old, who spend generally from three to six months living with host families learning their culture.

2018 Exchange Opportunities

4-H Member (S4-H Program) Opportunities (ages 15-18)

  • Norway
  • Costa Rica
  • Japan (ages 12-18)
  • South Korea

4-H Alumni (IFYE) Opportunities

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Botswana
  • Costa Rica
  • Denmark
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Norway
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Wales
  • Other Countries May be Possible