International Travel Chart
This single page document provides information about all of the outbound travel opportunities available to current and former 4-H members.

Summer Outbound Opportunities

To apply for any of the following summer outbound opportunities contact the 4-H Center for Youth Development at 994-3502 or print and complete the online application.

Costa Rica Outbound

Travel to Costa Rica for one summer month. Youth are clustered in a single area of the country and stay with 4-H families. This program is for individuals who are motivated to learn to speak Spanish and immerse themselves in a Spanish-speaking country.

Who can go? 4-H members, ages 15-19 are eligible to apply for this program.

What does it cost? A $2,000 deposit is due with your application on November 15

What will I do? This depends on the host family; however, delegates can expect to help their host siblings with family chores and to participate in everyday family activities.

Japan Outbound

Travel to Japan for a month and experience what it is like to live with a Japanese family. Delegates are accompanied by chaperones who remain in-country for the duration of the exchange. 

Who can Go? Delegates must be at least 14 years old to participate.

What Does it Cost? The fee includes round-trip international airfare, all orientations, health insurance, in-country transportation, meals, and accommodations. A $2,000 deposit is due with your application on November 15. 

What will I do? This depends on the host family; however, delegates can expect to help their host siblings with family chores and to participate in everyday family activities. Some delegates may be hosted by families in Tokyo or other cities.

Nihongo Outbound 

Travel to Japan for 8 weeks and immerse yourself in the Japanese culture. This program is designed for mature, independent 4-H members. During the first four weeks, delegates stay with a host family in the Tokyo area and travel by train to the Labo Language and Cultural Institute for in-depth language and culture instruction. The second four weeks are like the one-month Japanese home stay and students move to another family and return to the U.S. with the full Japanese delegation. Chaperones accompany 8-week delegates.

Who can go? 4-H members ages 14-18 may apply.

What does it cost? The fee includes round-trip international airfare, all orientations, health insurance, in-country transportation, meals, and accommodations. A $2,000 deposit is due with your application on November 15.  

What will I do? This depends on the host family; however, delegates can expect to help their host siblings with family chores and to participate in everyday family activities. This is the least rural exchange program and some delegates may be hosted by families in Tokyo or other cities.

Norway or Finland Outbound (every other year)

Travel to Norway or Finland for a month in the summer. Delegates travel with chaperones and spend two nights in Oslo or Helsinki before going to their host families. Norway hosts a national 4-H camp during the exchange.

Who Can Go? 4-H members, ages 15-18, are eligible to apply for this program.

What Does it Cost? A $2000 deposit is due with your application on November 15.

What will I do? In addition to engaging with and helping out your host family, delegates will attend the Norwegian 4-H camp as well as spend a few days in Oslo for an orientation and sightseeing.

Korea Outbound

Travel to South Korea for a month and immerse yourself in Korean culture by staying with a host family. Delegates travel with adult chaperones who remain in-country for the duration of the exchange. For more information about Korea 4-H go to http://www.facebook.com/korea4h

Who Can Go? Delegates must be at least 14 years old to apply.

What Does it Cost? The fee includes international and domestic airfare, all orientations, t-shirts, in-country transportation, all meals, and supplemental international travel insurance. A $2000 deposit is due with your application on November 15.

What will I do? This depends on your host family; however, delegates can expect to help their family and host siblings do household chores and participate in everyday family activities. In addition, delegates will participate in a 2-3 day camp and have the opportunity for sightseeing in Seoul.

New Zealand Outbound (NEW)

Travel to New Zealand for 2 1/2 weeks in Montana's summer and New Zealand's winter and immerse yourself in the local culture by staying with host families. Delegates travel with adult chaperones who remain in-country for the duration of the exchange. For more information about New Zealand Young Farmers' (the partner organization) go to http://www.youngfarmers.co.nz/ 

Who Can Go? Delegates must be at least 14 years old to apply.

What Does it Cost? The fee includes international and domestic airfare, all orientations, in-country transportation, most meals, and supplemental international travel insurance. A $1000 deposit is due with your application on November 15.

What will I do? This depends on your host family; however, delegates can expect to help their family and host siblings do household chores and participate in everyday family activities. 

Montana 4-H International Program for Young Adults (IPYA) Opportunities

IPYA is a three to a six-month international exchange program to countries around the world for those interested in a rural, work experience. Upon their return to the U.S. delegates are required to update country guides and to report on their experiences to schools across Montana.

November 15 Applications Due

Who can go? If you are age 18-30, you may apply to participate in the IPYA program.

When can I go? IPYA is a 3 or 6-month program. Participants depart the U.S. in July and return in September or December.

Where can I go? IPYA participants choose the country they are interested in visiting and the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development works with the host country to coordinate the exchange.

What does it cost? Costs vary depending on the country you choose. Host families provide room, board and in-country transportation from one host family to the next. A $500 deposit is due with your application on November 15. Additional financial assistance may be available through the Montana 4-H Foundation.

Can I get school credit? Delegates are encouraged to apply for credit through their college or university. The program requires delegates to present their experiences in person to schools throughout Montana upon return to the U.S.

How much work will I have to do? Delegates stay with a series of host families primarily in rural settings and are expected to participate in daily family activities including work as it occurs on a farm or ranch. For the six-month program, there is a two-week period of "free time" during which delegates travel wherever they choose. The cost for travel related to free time is not included in the program fee.

How can I apply? Contact the 4-H Center for Youth Development at 994-3502 or complete the online application.

Chaperone Outbound Delegates

Chaperones accompany a group of national delegates to a specified country for one month every summer. Chaperone applications are reviewed by States' 4-H International Education Programs (S4-HIEP) and decisions are made by early March. Chaperones provide conference call orientations, assist with national and in-country orientations, participate in all exchange program activities such as 4-H camps or other field trips, and are available, by phone, to assist host families throughout the exchange. Chaperones also stay with host families for the duration of the exchange.

November 15 Application Deadline.

Who are the chaperones? Any adult involved in 4-H in Montana. Those applying to chaperone the Costa Rica program must speak basic Spanish.

What does it cost? Chaperones pay a percentage of the program fee (30-40%). The total cost does not include personal expenses such as passport, visa (if required), spending money, etc.

How can I apply? Contact the 4-H Center for Youth Development at 994-3502 or complete the online application.

Chaperone Application
Chaperone reference (need two)
Disclosure Form
Medical Form Japan
Medical Form non-Japan
International Program for Young Adults (IPYA)
 
For more information regarding this program please contact Stephanie Davison, sdavison@montana.edu