Brunswick County 4-H

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Travel Abroad or Become a Host Family! December 1, 2009

Filed under: 4-H — Blair Green @ 8:45 am

4-H International Exchange Program

Since 1972, States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs has provided opportunities for young people from different counties to participate in cross-cultural programs built around a “homestay” model.  Families welcome a young person from a different county to be part of their life for a month or a year…and beyond!

Whether you travel abroad or host an international visitor, you will develop cross-cultural awareness and positive communication skills that will last well beyond the exchange experience.

Youth Travel

4-H youth ages 13-19 can experience life in another country and culture through a homestay with a native host family.  Trips are approximately 4-8 weeks in June-July to Australia, Costa Rica, Japan, or Norway.  Costs vary from $2,000-$5,000 depending on the program.  This includes orientations, domestic and international airfare, adult chaperone escort, medical insurance and in-country expenses including an excursion or camp.

American Host Families

4-H families can open their home to an international visitor for four weeks during the summer or one school year.  This is a unique opportunity to welcome a delegate from Japan, Costa Rica, and Eurasia.

American Host Family FAQ

Q: Do we need to plan special activities?

A: Delegates come to experience everyday American life.  They don’t expect to be entertained, just welcomed and included in your normal activities.

Q: Will my delegate speak English?

A: Delegates’ English skills vary depending on the program, and you’ll be amazed how quickly they improve through language immersion!

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Delegates have health insurance and bring their own spending money.  Your main cost would be to provide meals.

Q: How old will my delegate be?

A: Ages range from 13-19 years old.


Visit the North Carolina 4-H International Exchange website for more information


Contact Leslie Kammer at 910-253-2610 or


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