Conducted for over 70 years, the 4-H International Exchange Program has given a multitude of Kentucky families the opportunity to host a Japanese youth in their home for four weeks during the summer. Each year, over 20 states across the country welcome 500+ Japanese youth between the ages of 12-16 to their state to experience American culture by living with a family. Kentucky 4-H hosts 15-20 of these youth each year and is looking for potential host families. Host families who would like to host a youth for the four week summer program should have a child in the home between the ages of 11-16. They are paired with a Japanese child of about the same age and same gender. Any family with an appropriate age child is welcome to apply!  An adult chaperone travels with the delegation and stays with a host family. Anyone is welcome to apply to host an adult chaperone (singles, older individuals or couples, families with or without children). 

Kentucky 4-H offers opportunties for families to host during our FOUR WEEK summer program. Our month long summer program is our most popular with 15-20 youth staying with Kentucky families from mid-July through mid-August.  

In 2018-2019 Kentucky will host two Japanese Academic Year Program exchange students. We are excited for this opportunity and invite you to get involved! 


Four Week Short-Term Inbound Program:

Academic Year Program:

  • Begins in the end of July through the end of the school year. 
  • Program Flyer
  • County 4-H Programs are offered a program support stipend for placement of students, stipend may be used for the advancement of 4-H programs within the county.
  • Contact your Regional Coordinator for more information: 




Additional Information

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Family Recruitment Slideshow 


Volunteer Opportunties

The International Exchange Programs in Kentucky cannot be possible without families who volunteer to host exchange students. Click this link to sign-up! 

State Contact:  Rachel E. Noble | | 859.218.0991

Revised 11/16/18 - REN