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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Host a Youth from Poland

Summer 2013“Dzień dobry” (‘good day’, or ‘hello’ in Polish)”

This coming summer about 20 Polish youth between the ages of 15 and 18 will travel to Michigan along with two adult chaperones. These young people are excited to learn about the customs, culture, values, foods, clothes, and lifestyles of Michigan families. But mostly they want to make friends, meet other young people, and try communicating in English! Open your home to an exchange student and open your lives to the world.

The group will arrive on June 18th and then participate in 4-H Exploration Days, a three day precollege
program at Michigan State University. Host families will pick up their student from Michigan State University on June 21, 2013. The Polish delegation will stay for four weeks until about mid July.

The youth will be visiting the Michigan as part of the Michigan 4-H Global and Cultural Exchange Programs. You don’t need to be involved with 4-H to host. You just need a willingness to share your lives and your friendship with a young person from another country.

The program is open to families who have a child close in age to the Polish youth. They will be matched to a family based on the host sibling’s gender, age, and interests. The homestays are only for a month during the summer, but the experience will last a lifetime! Host family youth will have the opportunity to travel to Poland for a month in the summer of 2014.

There are also opportunities to host adult chaperones for 2- 4 weeks. Families who host chaperones are not required to have children in the home.

For more information, please contact Insa Raymond, Extension Educator and 2013/2014 4-H Poland Exchange Coordinator by phone at 517-439-9301 or by e-mail at raymon65@anr.msu.edu or visit http://4h.msue.msu.edu/4h/international_exchange_programs

Click here for an informational brochure on hosting a young person from Poland.