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Washington 4-H International Exchange

2021 Summer Programs

The States 4-H International Exchange program will be happening in the summer of 2021!  Washington will receive 10 delegates from Japan for the Summer Exchange program.  All precautions have been taken to make this a safe program with protocols in place to ensure a great experience for both the delegates and their host families.  The program has had a late start with the extra safety to keep participants safe.  More information will be posted as it is received.  We are starting the process of finding caring host families.

Host a Youth Delegate for an Up-Close and Personal Cultural Exchange experience

Do you want to…

  • give your family the experience of a lifetime?

  • instill appreciation for other cultures?

  • learn new languages and communication skills?

  • create new lifelong friendships?

A Summer Host Family can do all this and much more!

Every summer in Washington since 1972, host families have opened their homes and their hearts to youth delegates through 4-H International Exchange. Families host a delegate for 3 1/2 weeks during the summer. This summer our delegates are coming from Japan and our hosting dates are July 24 – August 18.

Delegates are 12 – 17 years old and have varying degrees of English fluency, but they all are excited to learn about American culture, share their culture with you, and experience American family life. No special activities are required, just hanging with your family doing your summer thing. All the while, your family is learning, growing, expanding your world, and making memories for a lifetime.

Here are the lists:

2021 List of Delegate

Give your family a global experience this summer. Apply online at States’ International Exchange Programs


Be a Host Family for the

Academic Year Program 2021-2022

 Apply now to ensure a place for your student in your local school district

AYP engages high school youth from Eurasia, Japan, South Korea, and many other parts of the world. The student attends a local high school, but a high school host sibling in the host family is not required. Host families and individuals can be retired, empty-nesters, or families with young children. As a host family you need only make room for an international high school age young person in your life, and in return, you will be touched with new insight, appreciation for the wider world, and a new friend for life.

For more information go to States 4-H Academic Year Program

Download an AYP Host Family Application here
and send an email with any questions you may have about this program to Sadie Williams

Exchange Outbound Program

Because of safety and health concerns, the Outbound Exchange Program will not take place in 2021.  It should return in the summer of 2022.

For more information on any of these programs, contact Sadie Williams

Program Information



2021 List of Delegates

Host Family “How-To”

Summer Hosting Program


Returning in 2022


Academic Year Program Flyer


Volunteer Local Coordinator Position Description

What’s it like to be
a host family?