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States’ 4-H partners with Norge 4H to offer Norwegian youth the chance to stay with an American host family for one month. The first 4H club in Norway was founded in 1926. The organization is dedicated to positive youth development. Participants in this program are both boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 18.

4H Norge is organized at the local, county and national level. There are approximately 700 clubs in Norway today, representing approximately 17,000 members and alumni. 4H is open to all youth between the ages of 10 and 25. The actual program in Norway is for youth between the ages of 12 and 19. The main idea is to teach young people the value and importance of taking responsibility for themselves, through making their own decisions and evaluating their own work.

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

Dates: June 23 - July 20, 2023
In-Country Partner: 4-H Norge

Participating Norge 4-H students will attend a two-day orientation in Washington DC prior to their arrival to their host family.

Basic Timeline:

2023 Program

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Fall 2022 Students Apply for the Program
Winter 2022 Students are selected
February-May 2023 Host families are identified and matched with Students
June 23-25, 2023 Students attend Arrival Orientation in Washington DC
June 25, 2023 Students arrive in their host states
July 19, 2023 Students return to Washington DC for overnight before departure
July 20, 2023 Students depart USA