International Youth Exchange (IFYE)
International Youth Exchange (IFYE) was formerly called International Farm Youth Exchange. Delegates, ages 19-26, visit a foreign country or countries for three to six months. They live and work with various host families during their stay. Programs vary from country to country, with some emphasizing an agricultural work experience, volunteering at an adult training center, or working with a local youth development program similar to 4-H. Preference is given to those who have interests in agriculture, agribusiness, water quality, ecology, forestry, or life and consumer science areas.
Our Michigan participants have the opportunity to visit countries in: Africa, Asia, Australia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Western Europe. Upon return to the U.S., the IFYE delegate travels to Michigan communities to share experiences and broaden awareness. The Michigan 4-H Foundation offers two competitive $500.00 scholarships to participants who apply and are selected on the merit of their application. There is also financial support up to $2,500 available from the national IFYE organization.
Incoming IFYE delegates stay three to four weeks with each of several host families, during a three-month summer or autumn stay in Michigan. They are able to share information about their country, culture and the IFYE program with various community groups throughout Michigan during their visit.
To know more about the IFYE organization go to the official American IFYE site at: www.ifyeusa.org
For more information or questions, please contact:
Makena Schultz, Leadership and Civic Engagement Educator
MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute, Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 W. Circle Drive, Room 244, East Lansing, MI 48824