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Cultural Immersion Projects

Cultural Immersion Projects

The best way to understand a different culture is to immerse yourself in it! Ohio 4-H has several cultural immersion project opportunities for teens. Each location has unique opportunities for learning, but in all experiences teens will participate in service-learning, individual and group reflections, and other cross-cultural experiences that aim to develop their understanding of the culture. 

Urban Immersion (Washington D.C.)
Cultural Immersion (Puerto Rico)
Global Immersion (Greece)

Urban Immersion (Washington D.C.)

The Urban Immersion Project is a 4-H initiative that combines cross-cultural learning, teamwork, and service-learning in the urban environment of Washington, DC.
Teens ages 15-18 are eligible for this 4-day service-learning experience that will build skills and abilities to prepare youth for success in a diverse workplace as well as build a cultural understanding of those who are different. This experience will not be about shopping or sightseeing, although we will visit some monuments and historic sites. 

The 4-H Educator leading this experience will contact all teen applicants to complete an additional phone interview before selection.

Program Components
•  Diversity and the Urban Experience
•  Cooking in Food Groups
•  Service Projects
•  Ethnic Food Night
•  City Scavenger Hunt
•  Exploring Issues of Homelessness
•  DC Monument Night Tour
•  Latin American Youth Center

Who: Ohio 4-H teens ages 15-18 (by the date of the trip)
Where: Washington, DC
When: Thursday (6 am), September 19th – Sunday, September 22nd, 2024
Cost: $200 (limited scholarship opportunities available)

APPLY: Applications for this experience will be available soon.

Questions about this experience? Contact Steve Brady ( or 513.695.1311) 

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Cultural Immersion (Puerto Rico)

Puerto Rico drummingSeek understanding of a different culture by applying to be part of the 4-H Cultural Immersion Project (CIP) experience in Puerto Rico! You will build multicultural skills and understanding, as well as an increased ability to communicate in the increasingly diverse society that we live in. You will experience both the Old San Juan urban area as well as life in the remote mountain town of Castañer. The group also be working with Puerto Rican youth in joint service projects and leading teambuilding activities for students at University Gardens High School.

Who: Ohio 4-H teens ages 15-18 (by the date of the trip and still in high school)
Where: Puerto Rico (San Juan and the mountain village of Castañer)
When: Thanksgiving Week 2025
Cost: estimated to be $1,500 (includes airfare, ground transportation, most meals, lodging, and program fees)
Application Deadline: to be announced.

APPLY: Applications for this experience will be released in early 2025.

Questions about this experience? Contact Steve Brady ( or 513.695.1311) 

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Global Immersion (Greece)

american farm school greeceThe Global Immersion Project allows teens to engage in a cross-cultural and agricultural career field exploration program about ag careers, cross-cultural interactions, workforce preparation, and leadership skills. Teens will be part of a "work internship" with American Farm School high school students in Thessaloniki, Greece and will work in cohorts focused on different program units, including animal and plant production, food science and technology, and more. More information about the history of the American Farm School:

Additional Components of the Trip Include:
Student Workshops:  Tasting and Sensory analysis of Olive Oil, Cheese, and other local foods.  Mediterranean diet:  science and culture. 
Recreation:  Sports, teambuilding, and Leadership games with AFS students, hiking Mount Olympus (highest peak in Greece – 9,573 ft.), trekking in Enipea Canyon, waterfalls, and more
Tours:   Meteora (11th Century Monasteries built on gigantic rocks), Farmers Market of Voulgari, Aristotle’s Park, Anel Honey Park, Marianna’s Vine leaves (pit stop featured on Amazing Race – Season #35) and more…

Who: Ohio 4-H teens ages 15-18 (Teens are nominated by Ohio 4-H Professionals)
Where: Thessaloniki, Greece (American Farm School)
When: March 31 - April 10, 2024
Cost: estimated to be $2,000 (Includes airfare, most meals, lodging, and ground transportation)
Nomination Deadline: October 15, 2023 (Teens must be nominated by Ohio 4-H Professionals)

After the nomination deadline, those nominated will be contacted by the team leading the trip for additional application requirements.

Nominations for this experience are currently closed.

Questions about this experience? Contact Steve Brady ( or 513.695.1311)

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