World Welcomes 4-H’ers

first_img“For high school and college age 4-H’ers, applications are due now for 4-Hinternational exchanges this summer,” says Greg Price. He directs these programsthrough the University of Georgia Extension Service. College-age 4-H’ers may apply for the three- to six-month IFYE Representativeprogram. The six-week IFYE Ambassador program or the month-long LABO programto Japan are for high school 4-H’ers. But there’s no time to delay. All applications aredue now. Virtual reality has its appeal. But nothing takes the place of being there. Just ask thosewho dreamed of the Olympics and finally came to Atlanta last summer. Doing beatsdreaming any day. “These programs help you learn about life,” Price says. “An international experiencecan be extremely valuable for an international career. It helps you develop abilities,including language skills. You can increase your knowledge and global awareness. Andyou can pursue your own study goals and career training.” That’s why Georgia 4-H’ers who dream about world travel need to do something abouttheir dreams. And they better do it fast. International 4-H programs offer exchanges from six weeks to six months. You cantravel to almost 30 countries. The list includes Australia, Botswana, Estonia andLatvia, India, Jamaica, Japan, Paraguay, Switzerland and Ukraine. “International programs have always been a strong part of Georgia 4-H,” he says. “Aninternational experience is an educational opportunity that’s equal to none. That’s truewhether you’re the traveler or the host family.” Families who would like to host a young international guest for a week or more shouldcontact their county agent. They have until March 15 to apply. Youths can apply to travel or to host an international visitor next summer through thecounty extension office.last_img

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