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In today's globally interconnected world, even the most remote rural community here in the U.S. is affected by globalization. Changing demographics in many communities are creating new audiences for Extension. In the US, 47 million people speak a language other than English and 12% of our population is foreign-born. By strengthening the international dimension of its programs Extension will be better able to fully serve the changing needs of its clientele.
Whether the need is increased market opportunities over seas, understanding environmental and health issues that know no national boundaries, or using cross-cultural skills to better serve diverse domestic audiences, Extension can play a critical role.
Highlights of OSU Extension's International Efforts:
- OSU Extension Service-International Experience Database (PDF)
Current and retired OSU Extension faculty members provide a rich pool of individuals with international experience. Both the University and the State of Oregon benefit from their knowledge base.
Contact the Global Relations Committee of the Oregon (Gamma) Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi.
- National Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Global Relations Website
Use the ESP Global Relations Website to post and find international work opportunities. Individuals looking to do overseas service will find contact information for organizations and agencies doing international work.
- 4-H World Citizenship Program/International Exchanges Website
Young people need a global perspective to understand their position in the world and how events in other continents affect them. The Oregon 4-H Youth Development Program has involved young people internationally for over 50 years and provides hands-on learning activities that develop awareness of the world and its peoples. We can introduce youth to a broader world by engaging them in these opportunities.
Contact Lillian Larwood, 4-H Specialist-World Citizenship
- Corroboree: 4-H Across the Seas Website
In 2003, the National Initiative to Internationalize Extension invited state universities to submit proposals for mini-grants to enhance the international component of their extension programs. This Oregon State University Extension Service proposal was one of the ten that were selected for funding (one of only two in the western United States), and the only one designed specifically for a youth audience.
Contact Virginia Bourdeau, 4-H Specialist and Grant PI
Job-Related International Experience
There are several options for faculty international job-related experiences.
- Study Leave Option (Word doc)
- Short-term Change in Post of Duty Option (Word doc)
- Sabbatical Option (PDF)
- If attending a conference outside of the US, you must submit the Out-of-State Travel Authorization Form.
Reports on Projects and Experiences
By Dave King, Associate Provost, University Outreach and Engagement.
- EESC Presentation Archive, including reports and presentations regarding Extension's international experience.