Have you dreamed of travelling across this amazing country we live in? By taking part in a 4-H Canada Club to Club Exchange, you can explore Canada’s rich history and experience all that it has to offer.
Travel and Stay with 4-H’ers from Another Province
In groups of eight to ten delegates 4-H members between the ages of 12 and 17 will travel across Canada with two chaperones. These groups will be twinned – or paired together – with 4-H’ers from another province through a reciprocal home stay exchange.
Club to Club Exchange Benefits
4-H Canada is committed to creating experiential learning opportunities that ensure a safe, fun and inclusive environment with the support of caring adults. This program, in partnership with Canadian Heritage, aims to:
- Enhance your knowledge and understanding of Canada;
- Connect and create linkages with 4-H members from another province;
- Enhance your appreciation of the diversity and shared aspects of the Canadian experience.
There are three travel date options to choose from. Each group must indicate their preference for travel dates based on the pre-set periods of time established by 4-H Canada. Groups will host for one period and travel for the other. Matched groups will decide between themselves the exact number of days (between seven to ten days, including travel) and the dates for the exchange. See below for the 2018 travel date options. Until your group dates are confirmed in February 2018, it is recommended that all groups applying do not make other plans during these times:
- July 2-11, 2018
- July 19-28, 2018
- August 6-15, 2018
Registration and Costs
Apply online on behalf of your group between September 1, 2017 and January 15, 2018 at https://exchange.4-h-canada.ca. Successful groups will be notified early-February 2018.
Selected groups will be required to pay a $150 per member and chaperone, registration fee by the end of March 2018.
Groups will be matched based on the application they submit, demographics of each group, activities and community involvement, fundraising opportunities, dates selected for travel, exchange history and how they will promote and recognize sponsor support.
Resources are available to assist groups when planning their exchange. These will be made available to groups once they have been selected for an exchange.
Why Should YOU Participate?
In the words of a past participant: “During the exchange I had the opportunity to do things I may never have had the opportunity to do, see new and different parts of Canada and make friendships that were so vital for making this trip as fulfilling as it was.”
A chaperone said: “As a 4-H parent and chaperone, for me the greatest part was observing each of our club members and watching them grow, become more confident and seeing how each of them developed more as a person as a result of this exchange opportunity.”
Host families have enjoyed the experience as well: “Watching the youth experience things unfamiliar to them… like the ocean, the architecture, the history and the landscape. Both parties were able to learn and enjoy things they may never have had a chance to experience. Our local youth, I think, developed a new appreciation for their own surroundings.”