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.
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.
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.