Virginia 4-H has international programs that give young people hands-on international learning experiences by hosting, or being hosted by, someone from another country.  Shenandoah County also has an international program of travel to the Dominican Republic for teens to develop language skills, conduct a 4-H Day Camp for Dominican children, and conduct service projects in the local community.

Young people who participate in international programs:

  • learn more about other countries and cultures
  • develop more understanding of their own culture
  • develop an appreciation for social, economic, political, and cultural contributions of all people
  • understand how culture affects values, beliefs, and attitudes
  • develop independent study interests
  • improve language and leadership skills.

This program gives 4-H high school students an opportunity to travel to a Spanish speaking, developing country for one week, and to conduct an environmental 4-H day camp and at least one service project while there. Group fundraising efforts build teamwork skills and help participants defray expenses. Local chaperons accompany the group. Participants are expected to present programs to local groups during the year after they travel.

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The IFYE (International Four-H Youth Exchange) program is an in-depth learning experience in which 4-H alumni live with host families in other countries to increase global awareness, develop independent study interests, and improve language skills.  Both travel and hosting experiences are available.