Global experiences

Just as 4-H goes beyond our doorstep and your county line, it also goes beyond our nation's border.

4-H Global Education contributes to understanding people of the world through hosting, travel experience, project, and activity enrollment for individuals and clubs. Global Education provides insight into the world for 4-H families in whatever area they choose to participate.

Walnut Grove family hosts student from Japan as part of Missouri 4-H exchange program

4-H members have the opportunity to participate in global education in a variety of ways. They can host an exchange student, participate in the global education project, or even take a trip to another country over the summer. The experiences that a member can get from global education are ones that will last them forever, and give them an insight into the different cultures around the world.

For more information, please contact the coordinator, Joyce Taylor.

Hosting and exchanges

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    Being a host family

    4-H Academic Year Long Host Family

    • Serve as a host family for students who will be enrolled as a junior or senior in the local high school
    • Student will arrive in August with departure in May/June
    • Applications are due by Dec. 1

    Japanese short-term host family

    • Opportunity to serve as a host family for a youth from Japan for four-weeks
    • Youth will be with the host family from mid-July to mid-August
    • Opportunity to serve as host for two weeks for the adult chaperone who accompanies the youth delegates
    • Applications are due by March 1


    If you would like to be a host family, please fill out the application on the official exchange website. If you would like a hard-copy version of the application, please contact Joyce Taylor for more information.

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    Outbound exchanges

    This year, applications will be done through an online process. Here are the steps to follow:

    The Missouri deadline is NOVEMBER 1.

    Program Dates Age range
    Costa Rica June 21–July 20 15–18
    Japan 4-week July 12–August 10 12–18
    Japan 8-week June 14–August 10 12–18
    South Korea July 17–August 15 12–18