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4-H International

Learning about other countries and cultures is an opportunity available to New Mexico 4-H members, ages 16-18. What happens in other countries and on other continents affects each of us in some way. Sharing customs and cultures with each other is fostered by living with a host family (see countries available below) for one month during the summer. This will assist young people in developing a global perspective to better understand their own position in the world. 4-H International exchanges provide hands-on learning activities that develop awareness of the world and its peoples.

Before submitting an application, contact Linda Schultz, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, at schultzl@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1156 for latest details.

ALL application packets are due in State 4-H office: November 10, 2014.

4-H International Exchange Programs/Forms - 2015

Costa Rica



Delegate Forms

The 2 completed Reference Forms are to be sent DIRECTLY to Linda Schultz at the State 4-H Office.

New Mexico 4-H Family Opportunity to Host Delegates


Inbound youth delegates from Argentina, Costa Rica and Norway and their adult chaperones will be in the U.S. during June 24-July 19, 2015. Need at least 2 host family applications in New Mexico to participate in the program and the same airport must be used for the arrival/departure of delegates/chaperones. Host family applicants must have a child of the same gender and within 2 years of the hosted youth; families without children may host a chaperone.

Host family applications are due by February 1 and can be completed by using the S4-HIEP online Host Family application system. Create an account and follow the prompts at:


Contact Linda Schultz at schultzl@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1156 if you have questions and NOTIFY her after you have completed the online application form.


Due by November 10, 2014


The American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) with Ghana

Got the Travel Bug?? Check out the American Youth Leadership Program to Ghana!

“I've been across the world and back these past three weeks! It's been a wild ride and I'm so grateful for it. I know my memories of the people I've met and places I've been will stay with me forever!” Signe, AYLP Youth Participant from Washington, 2013/14.

The American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) provides an opportunity for youth and adult participants to travel to Ghana, learn about Ghanaian history, culture, traditions, and ways of life by staying with a host family during the four week program mid-June to mid-July 2015. American and Ghanaian host siblings will also study cultural issues in the U.S. and Ghana around nutrition and food security. Education topics on structures to provide healthy school lunches, marketing, and access to food.

Youth (15-17 years of age) and adult citizens that reside in one of the 13 Western states are eligible to participate in AYLP with Samoa: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Check out AYLP- Ghana! Detailed information and applications are available on the University of Wyoming 4-H web site: www.wyoming4h.org Applications are due December 1, 2014.

The American Youth Leadership Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs and administered by the University of Wyoming 4-H Youth Development Program. The AYLP grant covers the following costs for participants: passport and visa fees, roundtrip airfare for pre-trip orientation in Wyoming, roundtrip airfare to Ghana, meals, lodging, site visits, cultural activities and transportation in Ghana, accident and sickness protection. AYLP is designed to advance mutual understanding, prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens, spark an interest in learning about foreign cultures, and develop a cadre of Americans with cultural understanding who are able to advance international dialogue and compete effectively in the global economy. Contact Warren Crawford, crawford@uwyo.edu, or Kim Reaman, kreaman@uwyo.edu, for more information.

U. S. Department of State

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

NMSU Study Abroad