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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

Virginia 4-H presently has 6 international exchange programs:

  1. The International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) program which exists in 25 countries on 6 continents for young people 16-26 years of age.  Contact Dottie Nelson at dottieifye@yahoo.com.
  2. 4-H/Japanese Summer Exchange program for young people 11 to 18 years of age. Each year Virginia families typically host over 30 Japanese delegates and adult chaperones. Contact Deb Johnson at jdjohn123@aol.com.
  3. 4-H/Japanese Summer Outbound Exchange program for young people 14 to 18 years of age.  Each year VA 4-H members and 4-H Volunteer Leaders travel to Japan and stay with a host family for 4-7 weeks.  Contact Judy Ann Fray at ja.fray@verizon.net
  4. 4-H/Japanese High School Exchange is a year-long program for Japanese students to be hosted by VA 4-H family and attend high school.  Contact Rebecca Moyer at rebeccabmoyer25@gmail.com.
  5. Future Leaders Exchange program (FLEX) for hosting high school students from the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union.  Contact Rebecca Moyer at rebeccabmoyer25@gmail.com.
  6. 4-H Summer Inbound and Outbound Exchange program with Australia, Costa Rica and Norway for young people 12 to 18 years of age.  Contact Dottie Nelson at dottieifye@yahoo.com.