Costa Rica - Outbound

Travel to Costa Rica with 4-H youth from across the U.S. and live with a Costa Rican host family during your stay.  Most of the families live in small towns or rural areas.  The 4-week program will include sightseeing and cultural excursions.

Informational flyer and program cost

Informational Flyer

Payment may be made in three parts.

The program/airfare fee includes

     *Sightseeing and cultural excursions
     *In-Costa Rica costs for meals, lodging and most transportation
     *A portion of the adult chaperone expenses
     *Accident & sickness insurance 
     *Orientations in US gateway city and Costa Rica (double or higher occupancy based lodging)
     *Oregon orientation program and materials
     *Pre-trip conference calls, orientation materials, States' 4-H t-shirts
     *Roundtrip airfare from home state to Costa Rica

How to participate

Any youth, ages 15–18 (must turn 15 by the date of travel and no older than 18 during exchange period; must not be in college) is eligible to apply. To apply for this program, youth must submit the materials listed below:

The application packet must be complete and arrive in Corvallis prior to November 10th—packet will include:

*Outbound Participant Application Form. The application includes a photo of the applicant, a 1-page essay, a letter of introduction to the host family, short answer questions, cultural project description, and comprehensive release.
Two references required; one from the County 4-H Agent and one from a non-relative adult such as a teacher or guidance counselor. If the agent does not know the applicant well enough, the applicant must schedule an interview with the agent.  References should be collected in a sealed envelope or sent directly to Oregon 4-H International Programs

* Deposit: $1000 check payable to: States' 4-H International Exchange Programs
* Scholarship application (optional)

Mail completed applications to: Oregon 4-H International Exchange Program State Coordinator, 106 Ballard Extension Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-3608

Delegate application and selection process

All potential delegates will be interviewed the second half of November. Applicants will be asked why they want to go to the country they have selected, what they hope to learn, how they plan to prepare for the trip, and other questions deemed appropriate by the State Coordinator.

After the interview, applicants will be notified if they have been selected as an Oregon delegate to participate in the program and about any scholarship awards. Final selection of delegates for Costa Rica will be at the national level as there is a maximum number that the host country is able to accept.

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