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 2015 will be November 1, 2014, for full consideration. Other arrangements must first be cleared with Mary Kay Munson. Screening interviews and the first orientation session will be held December 6, 2014, (Saturday morning through early afternoon) in Manhattan, KS. Questions may be directed to local Extension Offices or to Mary Kay Munson, Kansas 4-H International Exchange Coordinator at 785-238-3631 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Photo on left: Amy Sents, 2010 IFYE Representative, cleaning Alp cheese in Switzerland.
Photo on right: Chelsy Coen, 2010 IFYE Representative, white water rafting at the National Swedish 4-H Camp.
Photo on left:Kao-Chun (Cash) Ni and Chia-Mei (Amy) Wang, 2009 Taiwanese IFYEs, showing off their first-ever loaves of zucchini bread.
Phtoto on right: Kao-Chun (Cash) Ni and Chia-Mei (Amy) Wang, 2009 Taiwanese IFYEs, vising Mt. Sunflower.