After careful consideration, we’re making an early decision and have cancelled all Ohio 4-H in-person international exchanges for 2021, including hosting and traveling. Our international volunteers (ICCs) and all interested participants are receiving this announcement today, as well. Instead, we’ll offer two pen-pal opportunities, a summer “virtual exchange,” and monthly ICC zooms. Info will be announced as it becomes available, and can always be found at Ohio 4-H International Programs. Thank you for your support in identifying terrific volunteers, host families and youth travelers over the years! We look forward to reinstating in-person international exchange programs as soon as it is safe to do so. Mary Lynn Thalheimer, State Coordinator
$2000 scholarships will be awarded to any youth who is selected to travel overseas through the Ohio 4-H International Program in 2020! Also, those who have hosted with our program before will receive an additional $100 fee-reduction per previous exchangee hosted.
2020 Hosting Information!
Japanese, Costa Rican & Finnish Youth and Adults
*** Ohio host siblings should be ages 10-16 (Japan) or 14-18 (Costa Rica and Finland). *** Ohio host siblings will be matched with an international youth of the same gender & approximate age. *** The 2020 Host Family Application will be posted to this website in November. *** Applications accepted until all youth are placed, usually January or February (Costa Rican and Finland) and April or May (Japan).
- What’s involved with being a Host Family?
- Learn more about Hosting (PPT)
- Host Family Frequently Asked Questions
- Hosting is Easy and Fun!
2020 Youth Travel Information!
Japan, Costa Rica, Norway & Romania!
Application deadline for 2020 Travel is November 15, 2019
Attached is a preliminary application for youth to complete. There will be a follow up interview before selecting participants. The experience is for 4-H youth ages 15-19. The cost is $400 plus airfare (approx.. $650). The group will be staying in two locations – Castaner – a small mountain town in the center of the island and San Juan – where you will be joining 4-H youth from Puerto Rico for several service/cultural projects.