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Washington 4-H International Exchange

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 some new lifelong friendships?

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

Host families open their homes and their hearts to international youth delegates. Families host one delegate for four weeks during the summer. Typically delegates come from Japan, South Korea, and sometimes Taiwan or Costa Rica.

Be a Host Family for the

Academic Year Program (August – June)

The 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. Host families need only make room for an international high school age young person in your life. The reward and they will be touched with new insight and appreciation for the wider world.

For more information and online application for hosting opportunities go to

Put Travel in your Future

Teens, 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.

Teens age 15 -19 are eligible for this 4 week summer travel abroad program.

Costs range from $2000 – $5000 covering domestic and international travel, insurance, orientations, and more! Contact for an application or more information.

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


Are you an adult who loves 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.

For more information on any of these programs, contact Dianna Ullery:

Washington 4-H Global Perspective

A Quarterly Newsletter of WA 4-H International Exchange

Washington State University