4-H Exchange Program

Would you like to host a Japanese Student this summer? We need families like yours!

4-H Japanese Exchange Volunteers

Would you like to host an exchange student from Japan this summer?  We need families like yours!

This summer Clatsop County families have the opportunity to host exchange students from Japan.  The students from Japan range in age 12 to 17.

The children have studied English but their speaking ability is as diverse as the kids themselves.  They are very excited about having the chance to experience American life as part of a Clatsop County family.  They do not come to America as tourists but to become a part of a local family.

The summer inbound homestay program is a part of a two-way exchange sponsored by 4-H. Clatsop County has participated in this program for over 10 years.  Clatsop County families have hosted over sixty youth from Japan. The goal of the exchange program is to give young people from both countries the change to know each other on a person-to-person basis. The Japanese youth become a part of the lives of their American families, sharing chores and daily activities with them.

The program is open to all families living in Clatsop County with children in the twelve through eighteen age range. Families without children in that age range will be considered as hosts for the adult chaperones. Families DO NOT have to be involved in 4-H to host, just a willingness to share your home, culture, friendship, family and your world while at the same time learn about Japanese life.

Host families have continued local support (before, during and after) from County Coordinators, Extension Staff, along with State and International Staff and Adult Japanese Chaperones are available throughout the month-long exchange. Written materials, CD, and host family orientation all help to prepare families for the exchange students' arrival. Families and exchange students can begin writing each other months before their arrival so they already know each before they get here.

While the homestay experience only lasts a month, the positive effects can last a lifetime for you and your family. Interested? Access Japanese Exchange Information.

General information on the 4-H Exchange Program can be accessed HERE.

4-H Japanese Exchange Members
Exchange delegates will be matched with host families nationally. (There are a limited number of delegates coming from each country.) Application deadline is mid April. Completed Application MUST be to the county coordinator by this date. Interested youth should apply for passport immediately to insure receipt before June.  


For Clatsop County requirements and Questions: Contact Electa Mathre at 503-325-0698 or email: edmathre@yahoo.com or call the 4-H Extension Office at 325-8573.