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Would You Consider Hosting a Japanese Youth?

Looking for some new fun and educational excitement for your family this summer? How about hosting a boy or girl from Japan in your home for 3½ weeks? (July 24 to Aug. 18). The Ohio 4-H International Program is offering this opportunity to 75 families around the state, and Japanese youth on the other side of the world are anxiously waiting to learn about their new family! Host families should have their own child ages 10-15 who serves as the main host sibling. Families will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender and approximate age. Special trips and activities are not required; the focus is on everyday family life. Host families provide lodging, meals, and any family activities and youth bring money for personal spending (gifts, souvenirs, etc.). Medical insurance is provided. For more information or to apply, please visit Ohio 4-H International or contact Mary Lynn Thalheimer at or 614-247-8162.

4-H International Exchange Program

Click here to see what past host families found most meaningful both for them and for their visitor: Hosting is Easy and Fun!

You can also check out these “Host Family Frequently-Asked Questions” Hosting FAQs

Click here to apply: Host Family Application Form

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4-H International Exchange Program