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Polish Visit Means Opportunity for Farm Families

Host a visitor and learn about their agriculture.

If you live in northeast Indiana and are into 4-H and FFA youth activities in your family, here's an opportunity worth considering. Cindy Barnett, an Extension Educator in Whitely County, working out of the Columbia City office, says that host families are needed for both youth and adult visitors who will come to Indiana this summer from Poland.

According to current plans, 16 Polish youth and 9 adults will be visiting Indiana beginning May 8. Their stay will continue in the Hoosier state until June 8. The goal for these 25 Polish citizens is to learn about daily living in Indiana. It's part of what's called the 'and my world' program sponsored through the 4-H program.

The visitors will come from Swietokryski Province in south-central Poland, Barnettt says. Youth will be 4-H members in their home country, and will be between 12 and 18 years old. All speak at least some English. The adults accompanying the Polish 4-H members will include 4-H leaders, school teachers and Polish government officials.

Group activities are planned for two to three of their days while staying in northeast Indiana. Otherwise, these visitors will be your guests. Barnett hopes host families would include them in daily activities, including attending 4-H meetings and participating in other events that might be going on in the area that you and your family would typically take part in.

Interested families must submit an application and two letters of recommendation to Barnett. Your home will be visited by the committee lining up the trip here for the Polish guests. The committee will try to match up families and guests so that it's a valuable experience for everyone. There will be a mandatory host family orientation meeting on April 19.

For more details, or to get a copy of an application, contact Barnett at 260-244-761. Or you can email her at: cbarnett@purdue.edu.

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