Summer Exchange Programs

Every year the state office offers various Teen Exchange programs. Youth ages 12 to 19 who are not college students are invited to participate in these programs. Participants gain a greater appreciation of the world and being a global citizen by traveling to a foreign country and living with a local host family. Countries change yearly. Programs take place in the summer and vary in length from 2 weeks to a month. Information on this program is typically available in October and applications are due in November. Look for info on yearly offerings in the San Luis Valley newsletter.

International Foreign Youth Exchange (IFYE)

Participants, ages 19-30, visit a foreign country for three to six months. The delegate lives and works with host families, gaining a unique perspective about another culture. Representatives 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 participant travels to Colorado communities to share experiences and broaden awareness. The Colorado 4-H Youth Fund offers two full scholarships each year (personal spending money excluded). Applications are typically due November 1. Learn the basics on the program website.