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STATES’ 4-H INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM DETAILS:

Dates: June 28 — July 28, 2020

Capacity: 10 delegates maximum, 5 delegates minimum

Cost: $2,200 + airfare estimate ($1,300 - $2,300) + $50 travel agent fee (Airfare varies based upon applicant’s location)

Delegates arrive in Taipei for a two-night arrival orientation led by Taiwan 4-H, which includes an introduction to Taiwanese culture and basic language phrases. Afterwards, delegates meet their host family and begin their homestay. Delegates may have 2 different host families during the program. The program concludes with sightseeing and cultural excursions in Taipei along with a departure debriefing.

Program Fees Include:

  • Overnight National Departure Orientation in U.S. gateway city
  • Two-night arrival orientation in Taipei
  • Sightseeing and cultural excursions in Taipei
  • In– Taiwan expenses: lodging, meals, transportation
  • 4-H International Exchange Camp
  • Orientation materials and States’ 4-H t-shirts
  • Accident & Sickness Insurance
  • A portion of adult chaperone expenses

Program Timeline:

November 15: Application & $1500 first deposit due to Montana 4-H

January: States’ 4-H notifies applicant of acceptance

January 15: $1,500 second deposit due to Montana 4-H

Late-February: States’ 4‐H issues air tickets

February 15: Medical form & passport copy due to Montana 4-H

Spring: State orientations

April 1: Third & final payment due to Montana 4-H

Late Spring: States’ 4-H Group Conference Call for Taiwan delegates June 28: Students fly to a U.S. gateway city for National Departure Orientation the day before the international flight.

**First payment will not be deposited until applicant is accepted in January

Who can apply:

4-H youth who want to learn first-hand about another culture and gain a global perspective. Must be between ages 12-18 from the first day to the last day of the exchange (you must not be in college). 4-H enrollment guidelines and ages vary by state.

How to apply:

Contact your local 4-H coordinator to apply and learn about your local deadlines and to access the application.

Program Policies:

  • Program Cancellations:
    • Before January 31, 2020: $300 cancellation fee. The remaining amount of first program deposit will be refunded
    • January 31 - February 15, 2020: Cancellation will equal 100% of first program deposit
    • After February 15, 2020: No refund of paid deposits
  • Airfare is non-refundable once issued
  • In-State Fees may apply
  • Unaccompanied Minor fees may apply (up to $150 each way)
  • No donor checks are accepted by the States’ 4-H Office, donors must send checks directly to the delegate
  • Program details subject to change

FAQs:

Q: Will a chaperone accompany the group?

A: Yes! Adult chaperones accompany the group during international travel and remain in-country to provide support during the exchange.

Q: Do I need to speak Taiwanese?

A: No prior language study is required, but it is certainly helpful! Our international partners have English-speaking staff on hand to assist you in communication.

Q: How will States’ 4-H prepare me for my homestay?

A: States’ 4-H provides travel handbooks that cover everything from packing lists to financial matters to cultural information. In addition, each state may conduct a spring orientation covering these topics. Delegates also receive details during the States’ 4-H group conference call in late spring and a National Departure Orientation the day before the international flight.

For more information:

www.montana4h.org 

www.states4hexchange.org

sdavison@montana.edu 

(406) 994-3502

Facebook Page www.facebook.com/states4hexchange

Instagram @states4hinternational