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Washington 4-H International Exchange

Cancellation of 2020 Summer Programs

In this challenging time, States 4-H International Exchange made the difficult decision to cancel both Outbound and Inbound summer programming this year. We recognize this will cause disappointment for many, but the safety of our delegates, host families and chaperones remains our highest priority.

States 4-H continues to develop international programming and we all look forward to a strong program in 2021. We hope you’ll be able to join us then.

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 19.

Delegates are 12 – 16 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:

2020 Delegate boys

2020 Delegate girls

Give your family a global experience this summer. Apply online at

Be a Host Family for the

Academic Year Program 2020-2021

 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

Download an AYP Host Family Application here
and send me an email with any questions you may have about this program.

Put Travel in your Future

Ready to try out your own passport?

  • Practice your Spanish in an immersion experience with your host family in Costa Rica.
  • Learn Japanese in a 4 week intensive language program followed by 4 weeks of Japanese family life.
  • Get to know a South Korean 4-H family, sharing your culture and learning theirs.
  • Learn about Norse heritage and language with your host family in Finland or Norway.
  • Explore the history of Transylvania and explore the beautiful country of Romania

Costs range from $1775 – $4000 covering insurance, orientations, and more! Air fares are additional. Here’s the program cost comparison.

Download an 2020 Outbound Delegate Application and contact with questions.
Application deadline is December 1

Global Citizen Scholarship Application

If you’re really serious about learning Japanese in an extended experience, apply for the Academic Year Program in Japan.


Are you an adult who wants to experience the world?

We have opportunities for you too!

Provide escort, leadership, and guidance to US 4-H youth in our international outbound programs. Chaperones stay with host families, engage in cultural exchange, practice language skills, and make new lifelong friends. Adult chaperones are 25 or older, experienced working with youth and familiar with international travel.

Cost vary from $500 – $1800 with transportation and other expenses are covered by the program.

Chaperone Application      Chaperone Reference Forms       Chaperone Release Form

For more information on any of these programs, contact

What’s it like to be
a host family?

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Washington 4-H Global Connections
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