There is a clear need to support global professional development, international education, and collaborative learning opportunities in Extension. The program described here established an international learning exchange in Nicaragua to lead to global professional development and future international collaboration. The primary lessons and outcomes include first-hand experience of how rural outreach/Extension agencies in a foreign culture address similar issues, development of a multi-disciplined Extension educator network, opportunities for information sharing with U.S./ Nicaraguan colleagues, and realization of the role Extension educators play as global citizens to develop innovative Extension programs within a global context. Implications for future exchanges are discussed.
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Treadwell, P., Lachapelle, P., & Howe, R. (2013). Extension Learning Exchange: Lessons from Nicaragua. The Journal of Extension, 51(5), Article 6. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol51/iss5/6