The information for the 2015 4-H international Exchange Outbound Programs has recently been released. Attached are the flyers for the summer month long exchange programs. The flyers contain information about dates and costs. A maximum of 4 scholarships of up to $1,500 each are available for those applicants that are selected. If there are more qualified applicants, the funds may be pro-rated accordingly.
Once the applications are received, we will schedule an interview process with those candidates. That will probably be in early December, 2014.
South Dakota will be also receiving inbound delegates from Japan, Norway and possibly Argentina in the summer of 2015. Those are also month long exchanges, generally in July and/or August. The two basic requirements for hosting are to have a child in the home of the same gender and within two years of age. Japanese delegates range between 12 – 16 years, while those from Norway and Argentina tend to be 15 – 18 years old. I will know who we are hosting in March of 2015.
Amber Lounsbery, former 4-H advisor, most recently in Lincoln County, will be taking the lead in coordinating the exchanges for 2015. While we are in the transition period, please continue to use my contact information.
I have taken on more responsibility with the National IFYE Program (formerly known as the “International 4-H Youth Exchange) as the IFYE National Program Director. My responsibilities include increasing the number of outbound delegates, host countries and participating states.
Since the program is designed for young adults, age 19 and over, the exchange does not fall within 4-H age guidelines, and thus we do not have 4-H name or emblem authorization.
Our name was shortened to IFYE (pronounced ‘ iffy ‘) several years ago. The exchange program focuses on cultural immersion by living with multiple host families in other countries. We emphasize a 6 month exchange experience. This may be something that some of your 4-H alumni may be interested in pursuing. My six months of living with 7 different host families in West Germany as a 20-something young adult certainly was of immeasurable benefit.
Though this program is not affiliated with 4-H, we have found former 4-H members that have gained leadership and critical thinking skills through their 4-H experiences are often great candidates for this exchange program. National and state scholarships are available for those young adults as well. Exchanges generally begin in June and end in December. I have attached a brochure on that IFYE program as well.