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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.

2020 Summer Outbound Programs -- Application Closed

Applications for the Summer 2020 Outbound Programs are closed. Applications for Summer 2021 will open in Fall 2020. Youth must apply through the 4-H program in their state to be considered for acceptance. Visit the country-specific pages below or email ob@states4h.org for more information.