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Last Updated April 29, 2015

International Programs

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International Exchanges

Wisconsin 4-H International Exchanges
Wisconsin 4-H challenges youth to become global citizens by offering international homestays and hosting experiences as well as intercultural workshops offered on a county, district and state level. Currently, month-long travel and host opportunities are available with Japan, Korea and Mexico through Labo International Exchange Foundation and with Institute for Language Experiment, Experience, and Exchange (LEX), with Finland and Norway through Finland and Norway 4-H, with Australia through the Exchange Network and with Argentina through the municipal government of Lincoln. There are also opportinities to host high school students from Japan, Korea, or Eurasia for an academic year. Adult volunteer leadership positions are available as well.

Read about individual programs or download an application below!



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International Project

International Programs is a statewide 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at: Extension Publications. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for International Programs.

International 1
What you can do in this project: explore the world around you through maps; track weather in various parts of the world; make your family tree by talking with relatives; explore where your ancestors came from.
Grades: 3-12
Resource: 4H812, And My World

International Leader
Resources: 4H812, And My World
4H500, I'm a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?

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Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that's been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun International Programs activities.

  • PDF It's a Small World: Overview (2 pages, 95 KB) Introduction to the It's a Small World activity series. Through books, games, food and activities, learners will explore various aspects of the world’s cultures.
  • PDF It's a Small World: Evaluation Tool (1 page, 43 KB) A suggested instrument to evaluate activities in the It's a Small World series.
  • PDF logo It's a Small World: 4-H Project Box Contents (4 pages, 149 KB) List of lesson plans and materials to complete the four activities in the “It’s a Small World”  4-H Afterschool International series.
  • PDF It's a Small World: American Indian (2 pages, 73 KB) Activity for youth in grade 3 to help them understand how American Indians prepared and used natural materials.
  • PDF It's a Small World: China (2 pages, 123 KB) In this activity youth celebrate a traditional Chinese festival with food and decorations that they have made.
  • PDF It's a Small World: Guatemala (3 pages, 86 KB) Youth explore the differences and similarities between Guatemalan culture and their own, as they explore the Spanish language and make a Guatemalan "Worry Doll."
  • PDF It's a Small World: South Africa (2 pages, 179 KB) In this activity youth make two craft projects related to South Africa and experience a folk story representative of the nation.

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Related Links

Oconto County 4-H Project Resources International 4-H shirt
This web site provides links for many special projects including links for fun international program ideas.

U.S. State Dept.: Background Notes
Background Notes provide information on many countries and international organizations.

U.S. State Dept.: International Information Programs
Variety of crucial international information for exchanges.

U.S. State Dept.: Secretary of State
Site offers up-to-date information on international issues provided by the U.S. State Department.

U.S. State Dept.: Travel Warnings and Consular Information
U.S. State Department offers up-to-date travel warnings, passport and visa information as well as news and policies.

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Project Support

For more information on 4-H International Programs, contact the following:

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Kay Hobler

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