4-H Winter Pen Pal Program

Hurry! Limited openings! Hey, current or former 4-H members or international exchange program participants ages 9-18! Interested in ‘virtually traveling’ to another country? Make a new friend across the globe and learn about another culture through the 4-H Winter Pen Pal Program! You’ll be matched according to age, gender and interests, and will communicate at least eight times (twice per month between Jan. 15 and April 15, 2021). English will be used, but you can try another language if you know a few words or want to learn! See flier below for more info and to register, or click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7N8RBHY


4-H International Exchanges Cancelled for 2021

This just in from the State 4-H Office:

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


Update: Applications Due November 15 for 2020 Travel to Japan, Costa Rica, Norway, & Romania

$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).

2020 Youth Travel Information!

Japan, Costa Rica, Norway & Romania!

Application deadline for 2020 Travel is November 15, 2019

4-H Cultural Immersion Project – Puerto Rico

Ohio 4-H is excited to announce that there will be a second youth 4-H Cultural Immersion Project experience to Puerto Rico from November 26 – December 3.

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.

Application: 2019 Cross Cultural Immersion Application – Puerto Rico