September 15, 2021
Plans Proceed for Full Academic Year Offerings in 2022-2023
States 4-H has limited participation Academic Year Exchanges to students from Japan and South Korea during the current year because of the uncertainty during the pandemic. They chose to focus on our long-term partners with students who had been deferred in 2020-2021 due to COVID in both Kansas and their home countries. As already noted with our new student Hiyori, this has been a very difficult year for those students. Now, States’ 4-H has announced it will participate in FLEX, a U.S. government exchange, which is open to students from eastern Europe and Asia that were formerly under communist governments.
S4-H will be participating in YES, Youth Exchange and Service, another similar govern-sponsored exchange involving students from southern Europe, Africa and Asia who live in countries with large Muslim populations. We expect applications for Japanese, South Koreans, FLEX and YES students to begin arriving in late January, 2022. We encourage interested families to apply early for the widest opportunity for a student-host family match. Contact Mary Kay Munson, Kansas Coordinator for information and AYP Application at 785-375-3189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.