Global experiences

Just as 4-H goes beyond our doorstep and your county line, it also goes beyond our nation's border.

4-H Global Education contributes to understanding people of the world through hosting, travel experience, project, and activity enrollment for individuals and clubs. Global Education provides insight into the world for 4-H families in whatever area they choose to participate.

Walnut Grove family hosts student from Japan as part of Missouri 4-H exchange program

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    More information

    4-H members have the opportunity to participate in global education in a variety of ways. They can host an exchange student, participate in the global education project, or even take a trip to another country over the summer. The experiences that a member can get from global education are ones that will last them forever, and give them an insight into the different cultures around the world.

    For more information, please contact the coordinator, Joyce Taylor.

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    Hosting and exchanges

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      Being a host family

      Freedom Support/Future LEaders Exchange (FLEX)

      FLEX high school host family

      • Serve as a host family for students from Eurasia countries such as Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan who will be enrolled as a junior or senior in the local high school
      • Student will arrive in August with departure in May
      • Applications are due by Dec. 1

      Japanese high school host family

      • Serve as a host family for a Japanese student who will be enrolled at a local high school usually as a junior or senior
      • Student will arrive in August with departure in June
      • Applications are due by Dec. 1

      Japanese short-term host family

      • Opportunity to serve as a host family for a youth from Japan for four-weeks
      • Youth will be with the host family from mid-July to mid-August
      • Opportunity to serve as host for two weeks for the adult chaperone who accompanies the youth delegates
      • Applications are due by March 1

      Applications

      If you would like to be a host family, please fill out the application on the official exchange website. If you would like a hard-copy version of the application, please contact Joyce Taylor for more information.

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      Outbound exchanges

      This year, applications will be done through an online process. Here are the steps to follow:

      1. Read the information on the flyers for the countries available for deadlines, costs, dates, etc.
        View resources
      2. Read the terms and conditions (DOCX).
      3. Fill out the appropriate medical form.
        Medical form for Japan (DOC)
        Meidcal form for all other countries (DOC)
      4. Fill our the reference form (DOC).
      5. Start filling out the application.
      6. After the application is complete, contact Joyce Taylor for additional forms that Missouri requires for scholarships, etc.

      The Missouri deadline is NOVEMBER 1.

      Program Dates Age range
      Costa Rica June 17–July 16 15–18
      Japan 4–Week July 7–August 5 12–18
      Japan 8–Week June 9–August 5 12–18
      Norway June 23–July 23 15–18
      South Korea July 14–August 12 12–18
      Taiwan July 14–August 12 12–18
      Romania June 23–July 22 15–18
      Argentina June 24–July 15 15–18