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Kansas 4-H Tip Sheet

September 15, 2020

Eight Options Offered for 2021 States' 4-H Outbound Exchanges

Submitted by Mary Kay Munson

States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs (States’ 4-H) has announced eight options for 12-18 year-old 4-H members for next summer.  A new program offers three weeks in Argentina.  It will be a group experience with shared housing with other delegates in Cόrdoba and two chaperones, an experience with 4-H’ers in playing orchestra or soccer, a multi-day camp, Spanish study and sightseeing. 

The other exchanges to Costa Rica, Japan 4-weeks, Japan 8-weeks, Norway, South Korea, Taiwan, and Romania were offered last year and had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.  Applicants accepted last year were given priority to go to the same country they’d planned this year.  Five Kansas approved delegates accepted this option including:  Maddie Anderson (Norway), Taelur Barnes (Norway), Laura Koch (Costa Rica), Desiree Ingalsbe (Taiwan), and Kate Rogers (Japan 4-weeks). 

Since spaces will be taken by these and others around the U.S., spaces for new delegates will be more limited.  See a list on the Kansas 4-H web page https://www.kansas4-h.org/events-activities/global-citizenship/kansas-4-h-international-exchanges/index.html showing the number of spaces remaining for each exchange this year.  Also on the page is a chart showing a comparison of the eight exchanges and flyers with descriptions of each. 

Applications will be completed online with a link on the Kansas page. They are due November 2.  Applicants also list and secure two references as part of the online application. They will be submitted to state coordinator, Mary Kay Munson in digital form.  Mary Kay will contact applicants after she receives their applications with details about in person interview scheduled for November 22.  Prospective applicants may contact her with questions about the offered exchanges and the application process at mkm2@ksu.edu, 785-238-3631 or 785-375-3189.  Her mailing address is 1114 N. Spring Valley Road, Junction City, Kansas 66441.