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Finland is one of the northernmost countries in the world. The country is full of lakes and islands and lies in the boreal zone, having long, freezing winters and short, mild summers. Finland has a culture built on its aesthetic environmental realities, deep traditions, and indigenous heritage. As a delegate you will be living with a Finnish family and get to experience first-hand what it is like to live in this unique part of the world. States' 4-H partners with Suomen 4-H for this exchange program.

Program Details -- Subject to Change

Dates: Summer 2021
In-Country Partner: Finnish 4-H Federation
Ages: 15 - 18 years old

Delegates arrive in Helsinki for an arrival orientation, which includes an introduction to Finnish culture and language as well as some sightseeing opportunities in Helsinki. After the orientation, delegates will homestay with a Finnish family where they can immerse themselves in Finnish culture and their host family's daily life. The program will conclude with an excursion trip to Tallinn, Estonia and a departure debreifing in Helsinki.

Program Fees Include: An overnight National Departure Orientation in a U.S. gateway city, arrival orientation in Helsinki, sightseeing and cultural excursions in Helsinki and Tallinn, in-Finland expenses (meals, lodging, and ground transportation), orientation materials and States' 4-H t-shirts, accident & sickness insurance, and a portion of adult chaperone program expenses.

Basic Timeline:

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Fall Submit your application and $2,000 deposit to your State Coordinator. Due dates vary by state.
December 1 State Coordinators send recommended applications & deposit payments to the States’ 4-H National Office.
Early January States’ 4-H reviews applications and makes final selection decisions. Space may be limited based on hosting capacity of the partner country. States’ 4-H notifies all applicants of their status.
February 1 $1,500 payment due to the States’ 4-H National Office.
Mid February States’ 4-H books non-refundable air tickets.
April 15 Remaining balance due to States’ 4-H National Office.
Late Spring Host Family placement is announced.
Summer Students fly to U.S. hub city for National Departure Orientation the day before international flight.