There are many opportunities for Montana families to experience another culture in-depth by hosting a foreign delegate. Every summer, foreign youth delegates come to the United States for one month. Families welcome these youth into their homes providing room, board and a loving atmosphere. Families that want a longer experience can host a year-long, high school student from Japan, Korea, Mexico, or a Eurasian country. Hosting a 4-H International Program for Young Adults (IPYA) delegate is another way to get involved. IPYA delegates are 18-30 years old and come from primarily European countries to learn about rural farm and ranch practices.
- Summer hosting opportunities (not all countries are available every year): Costa Rica, Japan, Finland, Norway, South Korea, New Zealand, China, IPYA.
- Year-long hosting opportunities & IPYA South Korea, Japan, European and Eurasian countries
Since 1948, young people from the United States have traveled to countries on almost every continent. 4-H age youth travel for one summer month to a country of their choice. Former Montana 4-H members, ages 18-30, live and work for three or six months with a series of host families in a country of their choice. In exchange, Montana families host delegates (see Hosting Opportunities for more information). This in-depth cultural experience is unique because participants truly "learn by doing."
- Summer Outbound Opportunities (not all countries are available every year): Japan, South Korea, Finland, Norway, Costa Rica, New Zealand, and IPYA
- Montana 4-H International Program for Young Adults (IPYA) Opportunities: U.K., Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Greece, Estonia, Luxembourg, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Botswana. Other countries not listed may be a possibility as well