The CT International 4-H Youth Exchange Program is an in-depth learning experience in which 4-H alumni and other young adults live with host families in other countries to increase global awareness, develop independent study interests, and improve language skills. Programs vary from country to country, with some emphasizing an agricultural work experience, volunteering at an adult training center, or working with a local youth development program similar to 4-H.
Opportunities in Connecticut:
Exchange Representatives are between the age of 19 and 30 years. They are willing to immerse themselves in another culture for up to six months, and are willing to share experiences with Extension 4-H and other interested groups while overseas and upon returning to the United States.
Representatives live and work with several host families for one to four weeks each during their three to six month stay. They participate in day-to-day family life and interact with host organizations.
The Summer Teen Exchange Program is a 3 1/2 week summer teen program that is usually a combination of 4-H camp and home stay. Recent exchanges have been to South Korea and Estonia. Travel is as a group with a chaperon. Delegate age is between 14 and 19.
Host families welcome the income delegate into their homes as a member of the family, not as a guest or tourist. They introduce the delegate to American culture through family activities and provide them with an American home for one to four weeks during the delegate's stay.
For more information contact the State 4-H office at 1-888-FOUR-H-CT or email firstname.lastname@example.org.