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ERIC Number: ED066633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 83
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An Analysis of the Role of the International Farm Youth Exchange Program in Cross-Cultural Communication.
Boyd, Anna Marie
Three areas are the focus of this report: (1) a description of the International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) program including its goals, function, organizational structure, operations, and financial arrangements; (2) the concept of cross-cultural communication and its implications for international understanding and world peace; and (3) an evaluation of the IFYE program in terms of its effectiveness in enhancing cross-cultural communications throughout the world. The IFYE program depends on young men and women volunteers who are sent to live and work with families in foreign countries; in turn, foreign volunteers are sent to this country for the same purpose. From a study of this process, it is concluded that the following variables indicate that the IFYE program does facilitate cross-cultural, interpersonal communication: (1) objectives, (2) IFYE structure, (3) IFYE participants, (4) IFYE's responsibility, (5) orientation, and (6) the IFYE and the end product of communication. Three possible weaknesses of the IFYE program are noted. They are: (1) inadequate language training, (2) lack of emphasis on human relations skills in the training program, and (3) a short length of time with a host family. Further research areas are noted. (JS)
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