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States’ 4-H Summer Outbound programs provide American 4-H youth with the opportunity to travel to foreign countries for a cultural immersion experience. Outbound delegates live with volunteer host families and engage in experiential learning about a new way of life. Delegates experience aspects of daily life that allow them to more deeply understand both their host culture and their own culture. Our network of like-minded international partners recruit host families and plan enrichment activities for the delegation.

All States’ 4-H Outbound delegates participate in pre-departure orientations held in the US. Delegations are accompanied by adult chaperones who remain in-country to provide support during the exchange. Delegates attend an in-country orientation upon arrival and prior to departing for their host families. Some programs include a summer camp or language learning elements as well.

2023 Summer Outbound Programs -- Application is CLOSED

Applications for the Summer 2023 Outbound Programs are now CLOSED. Please check back in fall 2023 to learn more about our 2024 offerings. In the meantime, to learn more about our current programs, please visit the country-specific pages below or contact the 4-H program contact in your state. Questions? Email ob@states4h.org.