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States’ 4-H partners with Labo and LEX to offer Japanese youth the chance to stay with an American host family for one month. Participants in this program are both boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 16.

Labo was founded in 1966 with the purpose of building international understanding and awareness among Japanese children through language. Over 60,000 children are involved in Labo activities. States’ 4-H has been partnering with Labo to provide youth with international exchange experiences since 1972.

LEX, the Institute for Language, Experience, Experiment, and Exchange was founded in Japan in 1981. The organization conducts international exchanges between its member organizations all across the world.

How Can I Apply to Host?
The application window to host a student from Japan is open! Click on the Apply today button below to find out if your state is participating in this summer’s Japan Short Term Summer Host Program. For information on other programs please visit our Short Term Summer Programs page.

Dates: July 22-24 – August 17-19, 2023 (dates vary depending on the state)
In-Country Partner: Labo, LEX

Host families and their visiting student will have the opportunity to participate in arrival and departure events with other host families from their state.

Basic Timeline:

2023 Program

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Fall 2022 Students Apply for the Program
Winter 2022 Students are selected
February-June 2023 Host families are identified and matched with Students
June 2023 Students attend Departure Orientation in Japan
July 22-24, 2023 Students arrive in their host states
July-August 2023 Students live with host families
August 17-19, 2023 Students depart USA