New Zealand Exchange
2 Plus Week Program
*The program occurs during Montana’s summer and New Zealand’s winter
Capacity: Maximum of 7 people (including chaperone)
Cost: $1500 plus airfare
Current airfare estimate: $2020 (from a Montana “hub” city—TBD)
Delegates arrive in Auckland, New Zealand on July 4 and fly to Invercargill on the South Island where they will spend 3 days, attending the New Zea-land Young Farmers’ Grand Final event. Following the event, students go to their respective host families for 6 nights and then to Rotorua to see geysers, natural hot springs and mud baths, and to learn about Maori cul-ture. From there, on to the North Island for a 6 night homestay before heading home.
Program Fees Include:
- Outbound Orientation in Montana location (TBD)
- Accommodations, entry fees, meals during Grand Final event
- Transportation, domestic transfers in New Zealand
- 12 night homestay
- Tour of Rotorua, gondola and luge rides or surfing lessons*
- Sightseeing and activities in Christchurch and Auckland
- Accident & Sickness Insurance
- A portion of adult chaperone expenses
*subject to change
November 15: Application & $1,000 deposit due 11/15-12/1 Phone interviews
December 15: Applicants notified of their status
January 15: $2,000 payment due to Montana 4-H Foundation
Late-February: Montana 4-H books non-refundable air tickets
February 15: Medical form & passport copy due to Montana 4-H
Spring: State orientations conducted
Late spring: Host family placement announced
April 1: Remaining balance due to Montana 4-H Foundation
Summer: Students, chaperone depart from a Montana “hub” city (TBD)
Who can apply:
4-H youth who want to learn first-hand about another culture
and gain a global perspective. Must be age 14-18 from the first
day to the last day of the exchange (must not be in college).
How to apply:
An interview is required prior to acceptance into the program.
Deposit is refundable if applicant is not selected to participate.
Montana 4-H Policies:
- Payments NOT refundable after each deadline (air ticket is
issued in Feb and is NOT refundable once issued).
- Unaccompanied Minor fees may apply
- Program details subject to change
Q: Will a chaperone accompany the group?
A: Yes! Adult chaperones accompany the group during
international travel and remain in-country to provide support
during the exchange.
Q: How will Montana 4-H prepare me for my homestay?
A: A pre-departure orientation will cover things like what it’s
like to live with a family, travel tips, what to bring, how to pack,
and other information that you will need to know.