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4-H International Exchange

Virginia 4-H has international exchange programs that give young people hands-on international learning experiences by hosting or being hosted by, someone from another country. Young people who participate in international exchange programs:  

  • Learn more about other countries and cultures
  • Develop an appreciation for social, economic, political, and cultural contributions of all people
  • Understand how culture affects values, beliefs, and attitudes
  • Develop independent study interests
  • Improve language skills
Argentina exchange participants, 2014
2014 Argentina International Exchange participants.

Virginia 4-H presently has six international exchange programs:

The International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) program

  • Exists in 25 countries on six continents for young people 16-26 years of age. Contact Dottie Nelson at

4-H/Japanese Summer Exchange program

4-H/Japanese Summer Outbound Exchange program

  • For young people 14-18 years of age. Each year, Virginia 4-H members and 4-H volunteer leaders travel to Japan and stay with a host family for four to eightweeks. Contact Kelly Rose at

4-H/Japanese High School Exchange

  • A year-long program for Japanese students to be hosted by Virginia 4-H families and attend high school. Contact Rebecca Moyer at

Future Leaders Exchange program (FLEX)

  • For hosting high school students from the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. Contact Rebecca Moyer at

4-H Summer Inbound and Outbound Exchange program

  • With Australia, Costa Rica and Norway for young people 12-18 years of age. Contact Dottie Nelson at


Glenda Snyder

For contacts of individual exchange programs, please see our list of those programs.