Montana 4-H Outbound Programs
2023 Outbound International Exchange Programs for Youth
Costa Rica · Japan · South Korea
Are you curious about daily life, culture, and youth programs in other countries?
Travel abroad with States’ 4-H and enter a world that most tourists rarely get to see.
States’ 4-H Summer Outbound programs provide American 4-H youth with the opportunity
to travel to foreign countries for a month-long cultural immersion experience. 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.
2023 Travel Dates
Japan 8-week: June 14—August 10, 2023
Costa Rica: June 21—July 20, 2023
Japan 4-week: July 12—August 10, 2023
South Korea: July 17—August 15, 2023
*Program dates subject to slight change or modiﬁcation
4-H youth ages 12 - 18 for Japan & South Korea, and ages 15 - 18 for Costa Rica
- Adult chaperones accompany the group during international travel and remain in-country to provide support.
- States’ 4-H provides Program Handbooks that cover everything from packing lists to financial matters to cultural information.
- States’ 4-H conducts group conference calls and a National Departure Orientation prior to international travel.
- No prior language study is required, but it certainly is helpful! Our international partners have English-speaking staff on hand to assist you in communication.
Program Fees Include
Welcome packet; overnight national departure orientation; arrival orientation in host
country; portion of chaperone fee; Accident & Sickness Medical Insurance;
in-country transportation, lodging, and meals while on-program; country-specific activities as determined by international partner organizations.
Montana's application deadline: December 31, 2022
Please note that program details are subject to change.
If interested and to request more information, contact:
International Program Coordinator
4-H Center for Youth Development
Chaperones accompany a group of national delegates to a specified country for one month every summer. Chaperone applications are reviewed by States' 4-H International Education Programs (S4-HIEP) and decisions are made by early March. Chaperones provide conference call orientations, assist with national and in-country orientations, participate in all exchange program activities such as 4-H camps or other field trips, and are available, by phone, to assist host families throughout the exchange. Chaperones also stay with host families for the duration of the exchange.
Who are the chaperones?
Any adult who is 25 years of age or older and involved in Montana 4-H are eligible to chaperone. Those applying to chaperone the Costa Rica program must speak basic Spanish.
What does it cost?
Chaperones pay a percentage of the program fee (30-40%). The total cost does not include personal expenses such as passport, visa (if required), spending money, etc.
How can I apply?
Contact the 4-H Center for Youth Development International Program Coordinator, Christine Sommers-Austin, at 406-994-3504 or [email protected]
View the Outbound Chaperone Description for further details.