Japanese Summer Inbound Exchange Program

Families have the opportunity to host a youth from abroad for 4 weeks during the summer. Since 1972, more than 45,000 families in North America have hosted youth (ages 12-18) from Japan, Korea, Costa Rica, Norway, and Finland. The 4-H Japanese Exchange is one of the largest youth exchange programs worldwide involving North American and Japanese Youth. This program, part of two way, exchange, provides a wonderful opportunity to further global friendships.

Host families have one thing in common: a willingness to open their hearts to youths from another country. Host families need only have a bed in a shared or single room, storage space for their visitor's belongings, and a child of the same gender and approximately the same age as their guest. Exchange students have their own spending money and health insurance, and want to be treated as a member of their host family. Families without teens to act as host siblings may host a chaperone for two or four weeks.

There are many ways to experience a foreign country. The premise of this exchange is that children gain the most from an overseas experience by living with a family as a family member, rather than by traveling as a tourist. The homestays only last a month during summer vacation but the effects last a lifetime! You can truly make a difference in the future of our young people by preparing them for life in a global society. We hope you will consider hosting a Japanese child this summer. It's an opportunity of a lifetime!

About the Program

  • The one month homestay runs from the third week in July to the third week in August.
  • Japanese youth are assigned to a host family with a child of the same gender, similar age and interest.
  • Only one Japanese delegate is placed per family. This family hosts for the entire homestay experience.
  • This program is part of a two-way exchange. 4-H'ers may also travel to Japan for a similar one month summer homestay.
  • Speaking Japanese isn't necessary but a little advance knowledge about Japan and its customs makes the experience more meaningful.
  • Japanese delegates come to make friends, to be part of a 4-H family and to experience other cultures. The program provides them with increased self-confidence and better personal awareness.
  • Your family doesn't need to plan special activities or trips. Japanese youth want to experience "typical family life" by sharing chores and activities with you.



Glenda Snyder

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