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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!

Are you interested in getting updates about NC 4-H International Programming? Complete this short form!

For more information or if you have questions about any of the NC 4-H International Exchange Programs, please contact Caitlin Clineff, Coordinator at, 919.515.4759

 2024 Inbound Exchange

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Links of Interest
  • 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
  • You can host a youth age 12-18 or an adult chaperone
  • Must meet specific guidelines for your family to be able to host a delegate.
  • 2023 Programs for NC: Japan, Costa Rica, Norway, South Korea
  • Hosting Information can be found here: 
    • 2023 Inbound Hosting Information & how to apply – 2024 Coming Soon

2024 Inbound Program Information

2023  Requirements & Inbound Delegate Information

Host Family Frequently Asked Questions

2024 AYP Program

Academic Year Program

  • The Academic Year-long Program (AYP) is an opportunity for 4-H families to host a delegate age 15-18 from Japan or South Korea for an entire school year (August through June).
  • Host families are not required to have children the same age as the delegate.
  • The delegate must attend a local high school (can be public or private, but private schools must be willing to waive tuition fees).
  • Delegates cannot be homeschooled, but can be hosted by homeschool families!
  • Host families must be able to provide a bedroom (can be shared with one sibling of the same gender and similar age) and three meals a day.
  • This is a volunteer-based program; host families will not receive a stipend. However, delegates do have their own spending money for personal expenses.
  • Specific criteria must be met by the host family and the local high school for a successful placement.

2024 AYP Program Flyer

2024 Outbound Exchange

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Outbound Application Information

North Carolina application deadline:  November 15, 2023

  • The Outbound (OB)  Programs are an opportunity for an active 4-H member in North Carolina to apply for a spot on the national delegations to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Argentina, or Norway (even years only). Applicants must meet specific criteria for placement on the state and national consideration lists.
  • Must meet specific guidelines and processes for 4-H delegate placement on the state and
    national consideration lists.
  • Age Requirements:
    • Japan 4-week & Taiwan  – 12-18 years old.
    • South Korea – 12 – 17 years old.
    • Japan 8 – week, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Norway  – 15-18 years old
    • Please note: the Argentina program DOES NOT include a homestay experience with a host family.
    • Applications for Outbound  2024 will be on November 15, 2023.

2024 Information 

2023 Program Flyers:


Costa Rica






Outbound Program Comparison