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. Financial support of up to $2,500 is available from the national IFYE organization.
To learn more about the IFYE organization, go to the official American IFYE site at: www.ifyeusa.org.