4-H Youth Development
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 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) Program when 17 Americans traveled to European countries in 1948 to fulfill a dream of world peace through understanding.  Kansas 4-H Exchange Programs today involve more than the IFYE Program.  However, all 4-H exchange programs continue in the "spirit of IFYE 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 2014 will be November 1, 2013, for full consideration. Other arrangements must first be cleared with Mary Kay Munson.  Screening interviews and the first orientation session will be held December 7, 2013, (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 munson@ksbroadband.net
For fall 2013 only, you may also contact Beth Shanholtzer Stuewe, bshanholtzer@gmail.com or 785-565-1236.

Kansas 4-H has also been participating with the Kansas 4-H-Japanese Exchange since 1977.  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.



World Citizenship>Amy Sents cleaning Alp cheese in Switzerland.World Citizenship>Chelsy Coen white water rafting at the National Swedish 4-H Camp.

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.


World Citizenship>Kao-Chun (Cash)Ni and Chai-Mei (Amy) Wang, 2009 Taiwanese IFYEs show off their first-ever loaves of zucchini bread.World Citizenship>Chai-Mei (Amy) Wang and Kao-Chun (Cash) Ni, 2009 Taiwanese IFYEs visiting Mt. Sunflower in Wallace Co.

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.

Kansas 4-H Exchanges Information

Kansas 4-H International Program Partners

WorldWise Exhcnage Services is the manager for the States' 4-H International Exchange Programs (S4-HIEP). S4-HIEP represents 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; Australia Exchange Network; National 4-S Foundation of Costa Rica; Norske 4H; and the municipal government of Lincoln, Argentina.

International Four-H Youth Exchange (IFYE)

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 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 six-weeks or from three to six months living and working with host families learning their culture.

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.

Global Citizenship Links
2014 Exchange Opportunities

2014 4-H Member Opportunities (ages 15-18)

- Australia
- Norway
- Costa Rica
- Tanzania
- Japan (ages 13-18)

 

2014 4-H Alumni Opportunities

- Australia
- Austria
- Botswana
- Costa Rica
- Denmark
- England
- Estonia
- Finland
- Germany
- Greece
- Norway
- Northern Ireland
- Scotland
- South Korea
- Switzerland
- Taiwan
- Tanzania
- Wales
- Other countries may be possible