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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 new lifelong friendships?

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

2021 Summer Programs

“We regret to announce that our Japanese partners have cancelled the month-long Summer Inbound Program as of April 16th. They felt compelled to make this decision due to reasons arising out of the Covid 19 situation. The Japanese government has set travel restrictions and is now prohibiting all nonessential travel.

While nothing can replace the excitement that our in-person programs bring, States’ 4-H is planning additional virtual program offerings for our community this spring and summer. We look forward to continuing to engage 4-H youth in fun and educational cultural programs. Please stay tuned for more information shortly.”

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

Most summers 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. We look forward to the program continuing in 2022.

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.

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


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



Returning in 2022

Host Family “How-To”

Summer Hosting Program


Returning in 2022


Academic Year Program Flyer


Volunteer Local Coordinator Position Description

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