4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. We reach out to kids and their families to build skills for real life. WSU 4-H Youth Development is committed to providing safe and inclusive environments for all youth and adults regardless of race; sex; gender; sexual orientation; gender identity/expression; religion; age; color; creed; national or ethnic origin; citizenship; physical, mental, or sensory ability; genetic information; and/or status as an honorably discharged veteran or member of the military.
4-H grows caring, competent, capable youth, equipping them with the life skills they need to thrive, succeed, and make a positive difference in their world. Learn more…
Your time, knowledge and heart for youth could make a big difference in the quality of life in your community. Washington State University Extension will provide you the support and training you’ll need along the way. You will be a valued partner in helping grow kids.
4-H International Exchange Program
Be a Summer Host Family
Washington 4-H International Exchange is hosting youth delegates from Japan this summer. We’re looking for families that want to gain a global perspective by hosting an international delegate. The host family commitment for Japan delegates four weeks in July and August. No special activities are required or expected, just a great Washington family experience for all. These are great kids from families much like yours. They’re excited to make friends, learn about Washington, practice their English, and be a part of your family for a few weeks this summer.
Each host family should have a designated host sibling who would be the same gender and within 3-4 years of the international delegate.
Apply to be a Summer Host Family at www.states4hexchange.org
Host an International Student in the Academic Year Program
High school students from Japan, Mexico, South Korea or Eurasia spend 10 months attending public high school and participating in school activities. Host families can be retired couples, young families, or individuals of any age, with or without their own children. Our AYP Host Families are warm and welcoming people who are happy to share their lives and American culture.
We’ re recruiting now for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. For more information go to https://www.states4hexchange.org/year-long/
Travel abroad in the Summer 2019 Out Bound Program
4-H teens can travel to Japan, Costa Rica, South Korea, Finland or Norway for a summer homestay and exchange experience. Information on the summer 2019 travel opportunities.
Download the application here
Applications are due in the Thurston County 4-H office no later than November 16, 2018.
Academic year opportunities abroad are also available. For more information go to https://www.states4hexchange.org/go-abroad/academic-year/
Contact Dianna Ullery, Washington International Exchange Coordinator, at 360-867-2153 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any of these programs.
Get ready for a life-changing experience!
4-H is America’s largest youth development organization — empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime. We believe in the power of young people; that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. It’s our goal to empower kids with the skills to lead for a lifetime through a program that is proven to grow true leaders with life skills like confidence, compassion, and resilience.
Donations support the 4-H program at the club, county, state and national levels. To make an online donation, visit Washington State 4-H Foundation and select Thurston County 4-H as the Program Designation.
WSU Thurston County Extension & 4-H Office Hours:
Tuesday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday as staff is available (Call for an appointment)
Contact us at:
3054 Carpenter Rd SE
Olympia, WA 98503
phone: (360) 867-2157