“Do you know what I learned from this child?” asked one host father. “That you can live together and not understand what the other is saying, and yet still communicate and learn to love each other.” Comments like this from a local family sum up the joy which can result from participating in the Wisconsin 4-H International Exchange Program.
You, too, can join in the Wisconsin 4-H International Program as a host family this summer. The program’s primary purpose is to promote global awareness through friendship and cultural exchange.
Wisconsin families host more than 60 youth from various countries between the ages of 12 and 16, as well as several adult chaperones, for periods of 2-4 weeks. Families open their hearts and homes by sharing their everyday lives and American culture. Many types of families – dual-career, urban, rural, etc. – are needed. Some programs require that the family has a youth of the same age and gender as the international visitor. Families need not be 4-H members to participate, although through hosting they will automatically become part of the organization.
Japan/Korea Exchanges: July 22 – Aug. 17, 2018
Mexico Exchange: July 1 – July 31, 2018
Families provide room and board and an opportunity for visitors to experience daily life in Wisconsin. Exchangees provide personal spending money and 4-H provides medical insurance and other fees. Exchangees are members of organizations similar to 4-H in other countries. Several Japanese, South Korean, and Mexican summer inbound exchangees are waiting for host family assignments. Do you know anyone who’d be interested in this great opportunity? If so, please tell them about the exchange but tell them to hurry – these great young people will be assigned soon! See the attached list of available young people who are coming to Wisconsin this summer who still need hosts.
How to Apply:
If you have a 4-H friend or family member who may be interested in hosting, please tell them about the exchange and direct them to the Wisconsin 4-H website for information and an application at States4hexchange.org. Or they can contact us at (608) 262-2491 or (608) 262-1557; or send an e-mail message to email@example.com.