Oregon teens age 13–18 have the opportunity to visit other countries, explore new cultures, and make lifelong connections in Argentina, Costa Rica, Japan, Korea, or Norway for the summer (or year) of a lifetime! The benefits of traveling abroad are immeasurable. Apply today for summer 2024!
The deadline to apply for Summer 2024 is December 1, 2023.
Oregon families can apply to host youth ages 12-19 from many different countries for either a four-week summer trip or a full academic year.
Apply through our national partner, States 4-H International Exchange, by December 1, 2023.
Please note: The States' 4-H site will give you their deadline, December 15. Applications for Oregon are due Dec 1. This gives us enough time to review your application and ensure you have everything in order!
Whether you feel ready to commit to two weeks or an entire year, there are plenty of opportunities to support 4-H by opening your home to a new friend. New host families will need to submit two references (not related to you)
What do you need to be a host family?
A warm, welcoming environment
A spare bed (but it's ok for kids to share a room)
Two personal references
Pass a background check for all adults in your home
If you're already a 4-H volunteer, your background check for volunteering counts!
Oregon 4-H International Program Teen Counselor Program
The Oregon 4-H International Exchange Program is seeking youth in 8th - 12th grade to assist with summer programs. Interested teens may provide assistance at Japanese Delegate Orientation, or Japanese Departure Programs. Leadership duties vary by program. Japanese Delegate Orientation requires the most youth assistance which includes leading/teaching Japanese delegates. Applications are due June 15 each year.