Nine Exchange Students Prepping for the 2016 -2017 School Year

At the beginning of August exchange students from Japan, South Korea, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, and Ukraine began to arrive for their year long home stays in the United States. Students represented four different exchange organizations: FLEX, LEX, LABO and BFE. LEX and LABO are both organizations in Japan that focus on learning languages and travel […]

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Japanese and Korean youth ready to experience Wisconsin Life!

Japanese and Korean students arrived on July 23 for their orientation in Wisconsin. During the orientation they learned the essentials for their month in Wisconsin such as how to use money, 4-H, Wisconsin geography, table manners and personal safety.                         Host families arrived eager […]

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Year Long students enjoying their “American Experience!”

  Wisconsin’s year long exchange students are beginning to depart for their home countries. This is often a very emotional time for for students and families alike. This is a great time to reminisce over all of our students accomplishments. It is wonderful to see how they have grown over the past year! We are […]

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Midpoint Meeting with 4-H Academic Year Students a Success

On October 24-25th, 2015, our students and families gathered in Mauston for the 4-H International Academic Year Program Midpoint Meeting. Together, students and host families reflected on the things they’d experienced and learned over the first few months of their exchange. Building bridges and mutual understanding is crucial to a successful exchange experience, and it […]

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Norway, Costa Rica, and Wisconsin Connect

On June 25th, 2015, Wisconsin families welcomed  youth from Norway and Costa Rica into their homes for a one month homestay. The delegates arrived excited to learn about Wisconsin culture and to meet their new families! After an orientation in Madison, host families arrived to “adopt” their new family members. For the following month, delegates […]

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Welcome, 2015-2016 School Year Students!

School is approaching…. And that means our Academic Year exchange students have arrived, thrilled to begin a most exciting year of their life! This year, Wisconsin families have welcomed 5 different yearlong students from Tajikistan, Moldova, the Republic of Georgia, and Japan through the FLEX, LEX, and Labo programs. They are currently spending lots of […]

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“Adios” to our International Friends

The sun has set on another fun summer of hosting. This year, over 70 families across Wisconsin welcomed delegates from Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Norway through the WI 4-H International Programs. Though the students have all returned to their respective parts of the world, it doesn’t bring an end to the experience! […]

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Building Global Ties: WI 4-H International Program Alumna Shares Experience

Lydia Russell, an alumna of WI 4-H and States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs, shared her experience as both an Outbound delegate and host sibling with the National 4-H Council’s 4-H Today, an online publication. In the article she explains how these experiences helped her develop “confidence, public speaking skills, and cultural sensitivity.” Read it here. Interested in […]

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