Skip to main content Skip to navigation

International Exchange

509-773-5817 •

States’ 4-H International Exchange

2020 Virtual Exchange

View the Summer Pen Pal Program Flyer

Link to Online Registration


Looking Forward: 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!

Academic Year Program (August – June)

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 and appreciation for the wider world.

For more information go to

Call Dianna Ullery (360-867-2153) or email if you have questions, and apply to be a Host Family at


External Links 


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

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 ages 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. Application deadline is December 1

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