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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org