Idaho 4-H International Programs offer 4-H teens and their families an opportunity for global education, either by hosting a teen from another country, or by traveling outbound to visit countries around the world. First developed in 1948 to encourage cultural exchange in the post-World War II period, the ultimate goal of 4-H international exchanges is to encourage “peace through understanding.”
4-H International Programs are “homestay” programs, where a teen lives with a host family for a complete cultural immersion experience.
Idaho families may host summer exchange students ages 12-19 from Argentina, Norway, Japan, Finland, or Costa Rica for one month. Norway sends delegations to the U.S. in odd numbered years, while Finland sends a delegation in even numbered years. Japan and Argentina send a delegation each summer.
- Japan Inbound Exchange Program (dates TBA) | pdf |
- Finland Inbound Exchange Program (June 24-July 19) | pdf |
- Argentina Inbound Exchange Program (June 24-July 19) | pdf |
Host families should have a child of the same gender and approximate age as the child they are hosting. Download the Host Family Information page below to learn more about hosting.
To apply to host, complete the online Host Family Application (http://www.states4hexchange.org/host-families/create-account.aspx
). Paper applications may be downloaded and faxed, mailed, or emailed to Idaho 4-H. Applications to host students from Finland, Costa Rica, or Argentina are due March 25. Applications to host Japanese students will be accepted until all students are placed, but families are encouraged to apply by April 15.
The Japanese delegate list will be available soon. It will include descriptions of all program participants. Students who have been assigned to host families have a county designation in the right column.
- 2014 Host family information | pdf |
- 2015 Japan Hosting flyer
Inbound School Year Program
American families have the opportunity to host a high school student for one academic year (August-June). Students are enrolled in public high school and participate in school activities as members of their host families. S4-H places students from Japan and Eurasia through the year-long program. Our Eurasian students are scholarship recipients participating in the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX), which is sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs.
Open your home to the world – foreign exchange student from Japan and Eurasia | pdf |
For more information on the inbound hosting program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Idaho 4-H participates in the States’ 4-H International Exchange Program for youth travel to Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, Norway, Tanzania and Japan. Norway hosts groups from the U.S. in even numbered years, while Finland hosts in odd numbered years. Australia and Japan host each year. Outbound teens are placed with a host family in their country of choice for 4 weeks (all outbound destinations except Tanzania) or 8 weeks (Japan only).
Chaperones are always needed to accompany small groups of outbound delegates to other countries. For more information on volunteering as a chaperone, email email@example.com
- Japan Outbound Exchange Program | June 10-August 6 or July 8-August 6 | pdf |
- Finland Outbound Exchange Program | June 29-August 1 | pdf |
- Costa Rica Outbound Exchange Program | June 18-July-17 | pdf |
- Australia Outbound Exchange Program | TBA | pdf |
- Tanzania Outbound Exchange Program | TBA | pdf |
Scholarships to help pay program expenses may be available from Idaho Friends of 4-H and other organizations. The deadline to apply to for Summer 2015 travel to another country is December 1, 2014. To apply, download the applications below. For best results use the most recent version of Adobe Reader or Acrobat. For more information on outbound exchanges, email firstname.lastname@example.org
International Programs Contact Information
- Delegate Checklist | pdf |
- Outbound Exchange Application (all countries) | pdf |
- Comprehensive Release | pdf |
- Medical Form - Japan | pdf |
- Medical Form - All other countries | pdf |
- Friends of 4-H Scholarship Application| pdf |
University of Idaho
4H Youth Development
1904 E. Chicago Street Suite A-B
Caldwell, ID 83605