Due to the Covid pandemic, our 2021 in-person International Exchange Program will not be operating. We understand the disappointment this causes and look forward to Ohio youth and families traveling and hosting with us safely in 2022!
For 2021, we are offering "virtual" International Pen Pal Programs: WINTER Program (February 15 - May 15) In progress. See flier below. SUMMER Program (June 15 - Sept. 15) Identical to the winter program. Information will be posted in April)
IMPORTANT NOTE! Although the Ohio 4-H International Program is not operating in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID, we have retained the 2020 information on this site for your reference, since the 2022 program will look similar. We look forward to you traveling and hosting with us in 2022!
Share your life and learn about another country without leaving home!
2021 VIRTUAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
2021 Winter Pen Pal Program INFO FLIER (currently in progress)
2021 Winter Pen Pal INSTRUCTIONS (for information only - program currently in progress)
201 SUMMER PEN PAL FLIER & INSTRUCTIONS will be posted in late April
2022 PROGRAM INFORMATION
Our 2022 updates will be posted this fall. Program details will look similar to those of 2020, below.
- 2020 International Program "At-A-Glance"
- 2020 International Calendar
- 2020 International Program "By the Numbers"
- History of the Ohio 4-H International Program
Information will be posted this December. The program will look similar to the 2020 version below, which we have retained on this site for your reference.
2022 Host Family Applications can be submitted as soon as they are posted and and will be accepted until all exchange youth are placed, usually in March-May.) For reference only: 2020 Application found here
Host a Japanese Youth and Adult!
Ohio host siblings for Japanese youth should be ages 10-16. Ohio host siblings will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender & approximate age. The 2022 Host Family Application will be posted to this website in fall, 2021. Applications would be accepted until all youth are placed, usually in late April, 2022.
- What's involved with being a Host Family?
- Learn more about Hosting (PPT)
- Host Family Frequently Asked Questions
- Hosting is Easy and Fun!
2022 information will be posted this fall. It will look similar to the 2020 programs below, which we have retained on this site for your reference. The 2022 Travel Application Deadline is November 15, 2021. For reference only: 2020 Application found here
Potential 2022 Countries: Japan, Argentina, Costa Rica, Finland, Norway, Romania & South Korea.
Reminder: The flyers below are from our 2019 and 2020 program year, and are listed here for your reference only.
- Japan 2020 (June 10 - August 6 ... OR July 8 - August 6)
- Costa Rica 2020 (June 18 - July 17)
- Norway 2020 (June 24 - July 24)
- Romania 2020 (June 24 - July 24)
- Finland 2019 - (June 24 - July 24)
MAKE IT A PROJECT!
Volunteer with the Ohio 4-H International Program!
Join our statewide team of volunteer International County Coordinators (ICCs) who assist with recruiting, interviewing and supporting host families!
Can't find what you're looking for?
Ohio 4-H International Programs, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210