International Exchanges

Mission

It is the goal of the 4-H International Exchange Programs to:

  • Help young people and their families understand the importance of knowing about other countries and their cultures.
  • Instill positive cross-cultural attitudes and skills that enhance mutual understanding and acceptance of all people.
  • Expand the opportunities for young people to experience global citizenship responsibilities in today’s interdependent world.
  • Increase self-esteem and confidence through adapting to new situations.
  • Learn languages and communication skills.
  • Increase global awareness.


Coordinator Opportunity

The 4-H International Exchange Program is seeking one or two individuals in each county or region to assist WSU 4-H International Exchange Program Coordinator with the International Exchange Program and act as local volunteer or staff coordinator(s).

For information see the Position Description.

Want to Travel?


Youth

Would you like to experience life in another country and culture by staying with a native host family? Sign up for an exchange program!

  • Visit Finland, Japan, Australia, or Costa Rica
  • Youth ages 12-19 are eligible (age requirements vary by program)
  • June and July are typically the travel months (dates vary by program)
  • Costs vary from $2000 – $5000. Included in cost: orientations, domestic and international travel, travel insurance, and more!
Adult Chaperone
  • Provide escort, leadership and guidance to youth in outbound programs. Chaperons also stay with host families.
  • Adults, 25 or older, experienced in working with youth and international travel
  • Cost vary from $500 – $1800, depending on the program. Transportation and other expenses are covered by the program.

Want to Host?


Can’t find the time and money to travel? Enjoy the exposure to different cultures which traveling brings? Looking for a low-cost project or experience in which the whole family can participate and grow together? Consider being a host family!

Hosting is open to 4-H families who are willing to bring an international visitor to their homes for four weeks during the summer, or for a school year (dates vary by program). Delegates typically come from Japan, Eurasia, Finland, Costa Rica, Norway, and Korea. Apply here (you will be asked to create an account).

For more information, contact Carolyn Russo:
carolyn.russo@wsu.edu

Washington State University