It is that time of year again to promote the NC 4-H International Exchange program!
We need 23 host families for Japanese delegates and their chaperones by *April 30, 2010*. The Japanese delegates will be here July 23 – August 19, 2010. We have 10 boys, 10 girls and 3 adult chaperones that need homes. Bios of the Japanese youth are available at the 4-H office.
The 4-H International web site is located at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/randolph/4hprogram/exchange/ if you care for additional information.
If you are interested in hosting please keep in mind the following policies.
In order to be a month long host family, the family must have a child within 2 years of the age of the child they will host and also be of the same gender. All international delegates must have their own bed. We can only place one delegate per family. Families are responsible for all meals and transportation including pick up and return for the child.
Health insurance is provided.
Families must complete an application (which a 4-H Agent or Extension staff member must sign) and a has a family picture(s), submit 3 non-family references, and sign a disclosure in order to have a criminal background check for all family members 18 years old or older living in the home. In addition, local Extension staff must conduct an in-home interview with the family (all members present) and submit a written report with your approval (or non-approval) indicated. *ALL paperwork* should be completed by April 30 and must be completed and returned to me before a child can be permanently assigned to the family.
*Another opportunity we have for 4-H families is the opportunity to host a yearlong high school FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange) exchange student. This year, we are assigned just two students to find homes for. I have heard from several families who have an interest, but please let families know this is an option for hosting.
In addition to the forms required for hosting a summer delegate, we must have a high school acceptance form completed. An in-home interview is required, as are pictures of the family and their home. Please be aware that local 4-H agents have the responsibility to stay in touch with a yearlong delegate on a regular basis (at least once a month) via phone and in person. A quarterly documentation of contact is required to maintain 4-H’s certification by CSIET (Council on Standards for International Educational Travel).
If you are interested, contact Leslie Kammer, 4-H Program Assistant, at 910-253-2610 or email@example.com.