4-H International Program
The 4-H International Exchange Program has given a multitude of Kentucky families the opportunity to host a Japanese youth in their home for 3.5 weeks during the summer. Each year, over 20 states across the country welcome more than 500 youth from Japan and South Korea between the ages of 12 and 17 to experience American culture by living with a family. Welcoming 15 to 20 of these youth each year, Kentucky 4-H is looking for potential host families.
Families who would like to host a youth for the three-and-a-half week summer program should have a child in the home between the ages of 11 and 17. They are paired with a Japanese or South Korean child of about the same age and same gender. Any family with an age-appropriate child is welcome to apply.
In 2018-2019, Kentucky will host 15 youth and one adult from Japan and 10 youth and one adult from South Korea. Kentucky 4-H will also host two Japanese or South Korean Academic Year Program exchange students. We are excited for this opportunity and invite you to get involved!
Written by Rachel Noble, Kentucky 4-H Specialist. Edited by Lauren Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Assistant.