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NC 4-H International Exchange Programs

4-H International Exchange Programs logoNorth Carolina 4-H offers opportunities for members and their families to become part of a growing tradition that includes leadership, cultural exploration, and fun! Through the 4-H Inbound and Outbound exchange programs provided through NC 4-H, families gain a wealth of knowledge, life-changing experiences, and shared memories that will last a lifetime!

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For more information or if you have questions about any of the NC 4-H International Exchange Programs, please contact Dr. Shannon McCollum, NC 4-H State Coordinator at or 919-515-8486.

2021 Inbound Exchange

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  • Inbound (IB) defines an opportunity for a family to host a delegate during the summer months for the International Exchange Program.
  • Host families must have a sibling of the same gender and within 2-3 years of age of the visiting delegate.
  • Host Sibling Age Requirements: 10-18
  • Must meet specific guidelines for your family to be able to host a delegate.
  • 2021 Programs for NC: Japan 

Canceled for 2021 – Please check back soon for 2022 information.

Program Flyers:

2021 Japanese Interest Inbound Delegate Information

Host Family Frequently Asked Questions

2021Outbound Exchange

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2021 Outbound Program Comparison Chart
2021 Outbound Programs Terms & Conditions Information

  • Outbound (OB) is an opportunity for an active 4-H member in North Carolina to apply for a spot on the national delegations to Japan, Costa Rica, Finland, or Norway (years alternate), Romania, South Korea, and Argentina (new in 2021).
  • Must meet specific guidelines and processes for 4-H delegate placement on the state and
    national consideration lists.

  • Age Requirements:
    • Japan, Taiwan, & South Korea – 12 – 18 years old
    • Costa Rica, Romania, & Norway – 15 – 18 years old
    • Argentina (New in 2021) – 15-18 years old focused on delegates interested in playing a musical instrument (orchestra) or playing soccer.

Canceled for 2021 – Please check back soon for 2022 information.

2021 Program Flyers:


South Korea

Costa Rica




Argentina (NEW)