Welcome to Wisconsin 4-H International High School Student Orientation
Add two slides regarding this: Adapting to a Rural Lifestyle Many of our HS/FLEX students come from urban areas in their home countries, so living with a rural 4-H family can be a bit shocking at first! Some students just can’t believe that people actually choose to live in the countryside rather than the city, because in many of their home countries the urban lifestyle is viewed as the ideal. When working with your students, help them understand how important it is to communicate with their host families about transportation and activities. This can be one of the biggest adjustments to rural life – they can’t just hop on a train or bus to get where they want to go. With a little advance planning, they won’t feel so isolated. Also, help them focus on the positive aspects of their placement, such as beautiful scenery, fresh air, a tight-knit community, and the chance to build good relationships.
Program information, expectations and requirements
List of State Staff, Volunteer Counselors, Community Mediators, Hosts, and Students.
Questionnaire for 1 st day with host family
LOTS of other important information!
What is 4-H? Focus: Leadership, Volunteerism, Citizenship, and Practical Learning Clubs and Members Several clubs in each county; 7,090,920 members in U.S. U.S. Department of Agriculture Oversees National 4-H Program Land Grant Universities All states have University Extension and 4-H Youth Development Counties 4-H is in all 3,067 counties of U.S. with agent or coordinator
Wisconsin Program Contacts
4-H Outreach Specialist
Kay Hobler, Madison
4-H FLEX Program Coordinator
Nolan Lendved, Madison
4-H International Assistant
Stephanie Hemshrot, Madison
Program Contacts How to contact us?
Telephone at office or home
Normally check daily during the week
Monthly “Reporting Back” form
Must submit before stipends are mailed to you
1 or 2 Midpoint Meetings or Gatherings
2 School visits
Home visits, if needed
Kristina Mirkadyrova San Diego, California
Wisconsin 4-H FLEX Counselor
Allison Suchon, Madison
WI 4-H Cares for International Students
Monthly Reporting Back forms
Goals & Expectations What do you expect from this program?
It is important to think of your goals and expectations for the coming year NOW!
Your host family, 4-H educator, and school will want to know why you came to the USA
What families expect from students Expectations
Share own culture
Become family member
Spend time with them
Help with chores
Don’t spend too much time in your bedroom
Don’t spend more than ½ hour/day on computer (except for homework)
Be considerate (time—bathroom, rides, etc.)
What schools expect from students
Grades (A, B, C all okay)
History or government classes
4-H expectations from delegates Expectations
Bond with carefully selected, assigned unpaid hosts
Share culture of your home country with hosts, school and community
Serve as ambassador of your country
Obey parents’ and program’s rules
Do not expect vacations and travel
You could be sent home for any of the following:
Pornography (possession or viewing)
Becoming a Family Member
Be truthful, honest
Do special things for them
Respect their schedules
NEVER gossip about them with anyone!
Living with a host family Host Brothers and Sisters
May share room
Expect to help you with questions
Sometimes best friends, usually not
Ask questions to get to know them well
First impressions important
Sometimes argue or fight
Americans are very expressive
Living with a host family Your Bedroom
Leave your room like you found it
Ask host parents before hanging things on walls or moving furniture
Family understands you need time to yourself but try to not spend a lot of time in your room with the door closed
Host Parents Living with a host family
Father involved with family
Everyone shares chores
Importance of time to Americans Living with a host family
Keep a calendar
Tell family when want to go to events immediately so goes on calendar
Be on time when going out or being picked up
Participation in daily activities & chores
Living with a host family
Do promptly without being asked and when asked
Volunteer to help out around the house
Living with a host family Try to spend some time with host family every day Participate in activities like playing games, eating meals together, going to church and visiting friends and relatives.
Privacy and Time Spent Studying
Living with a host family
Respect family’s private space
If you have things you don’t want to share with family or small children might pick up, lock them in your suitcase. Examples may be:
Ask host parents and siblings for help but understand they are busy too.
Students should not be on e-mail or social networks for more than ½ hour per day.
Someone to talk to about concerns about family, school, homesickness
Serve as a host during emergencies or as a break
Introduce you to students, teachers, administrators
Help you find classrooms, extra-curricular activities, school organizations
Teach you about school life
Introduction to School
Registration, School Tour, Grades
List classes desired before meeting with counselor. Will your school accept grades from the U.S.?
WI 4-H requires you to take American history or government, English, and physical education – or an extracurricular sport each semester.
Talk to people—don’t wait for them to talk to you
Accept invitations after asking host—don’t expect to be asked more than twice if you don’t go
Trust parents’ judgment about choice of friends
Casual, not “best friends”
Parties—what like, when to leave, and how
Where to seek friends
Beware of “wrong crowd”
Clubs and sports are important
All students are required to participate in at least one extra-curricular activity
Depends on the school’s policies
Some students may be allowed to graduate and others won’t
Don’t argue with school if they say you can’t
American Cultural Tips
Americans teenagers usually shower and wash their hair every day.
American teenagers always wear deodorant and wear clothes only once or twice before laundering.
When speaking to each other, Americans stand a little less than one meter apart.
Cultural Adjustment Stages of culture shock Honeymoon Surface adjustments Feels at home Culture shock Unresolved conflicts Departure concerns
Talk with family
Talk with community mediator, counselor or 4-H staff