- 1. Welcome to Wisconsin 4-H International High School Student Orientation
2. Add two slides regarding this:Adapting to a Rural LifestyleMany 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 cant believe that people actuallychoose 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 cant just hop on a train or bus to get where they want to go. With a little advance planning, they wont 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. 3. 4. Orientation Binder Contents
- Program information, expectations and requirements
- List of State Staff, Volunteer Counselors,Community Mediators, Hosts, and Students.
- Questionnaire for 1 stday with host family
- LOTS of other important information!
5. 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 DevelopmentCounties 4-H is in all 3,067 counties of U.S. with agent or coordinator 6. Wisconsin Program Contacts
- 4-H FLEX Program Coordinator
- 4-H International Assistant
- Stephanie Hemshrot, Madison
7. 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
8. Program Contacts
Kristina Mirkadyrova San Diego, California
- Wisconsin 4-H FLEX Counselor
9. WI 4-H Cares for International Students
- Monthly Reporting Back forms
10. 4-H Participation
11. 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
12. What families expect from students Expectations
- Dont spend too much time in your bedroom
- Dont spend more than hour/day on computer (except for homework)
- Be considerate (timebathroom, rides, etc.)
13. What schools expect from students
- Grades (A, B, C all okay)
- History or government classes
Expectations 14. 4-H expectations from delegates Expectations
- Bond with carefully selected, assignedunpaidhosts
- Share culture of your home country with hosts, school and community
- Serve as ambassador of your country
- Obey parents and programs rules
- Donotexpect vacations and travel
15. You could be sent home for any of the following:
- Pornography (possession or viewing)
Program Termination 16. Becoming a Family Member
- Do special things for them
- NEVER gossip about them with anyone!
17. Living with a host family Host Brothers and Sisters
- Expect to help you with questions
- Sometimes best friends,usually not
- Ask questions to get to know them well
- First impressions important
- Americans are very expressive
18. 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
19. Host Parents Living with a host family
- Father involved with family
20. Importance of time to AmericansLiving with a host family
- 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
22. 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. 23.
- Privacy and Time Spent Studying
Living with a host family
- Respect familys private space
- If you have things you dont want to share with family or small children might pick up, lock them in your suitcase. Examples may be:
24. Ask host parents and siblings for help but understand they are busy too. 25. Computer Usage
- Students should not be on e-mail or social networks for more than hourper day.
26. Community Mediator
- Someone to talk to about concerns about family, school, homesickness
- Serve as a host during emergencies or as a break
27. School Mentor
- Introduce you to students, teachers, administrators
- Help you find classrooms, extra-curricular activities, school organizations
- Teach you about school life
28. 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 peopledont wait for them to talk to you
- Accept invitations after asking hostdont expect to be asked more than twice if you dont go
- Trust parents judgment about choice of friends
Making friends 30.
- Partieswhat like, when to leave, and how
- Clubs and sports are important
- All students are required to participate in at least one extra-curricular activity
School 32. Graduation School
- Depends on the schools policies
- Some students may be allowed to graduate and others wont
- Dont argue with school if they say you cant
33. 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. 34.