International Program

Due to the Covid pandemic, our 2021 in-person International Exchange Program will not be operating. We understand the disappointment this causes and look forward to Ohio youth and families traveling and hosting with us safely in 2022!


For 2021, we are offering "virtual" International Pen Pal Programs:                                                                    WINTER Program (February 15 - May 15) In progress. See flier below.                                                                SUMMER Program (June 15 - Sept. 15) Identical to the winter program. Information will be posted in April)                                                             

IMPORTANT NOTE! Although the Ohio 4-H International Program is not operating in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID, we have retained the 2020 information on this site for your reference, since the 2022 program will look similar. We look forward to you traveling and hosting with us in 2022!

Share your life and learn about another country without leaving home!  







   2021 International Program Calendar 

   2021 Winter Pen Pal Program INFO FLIER (currently in progress)

   2021 Winter Pen Pal INSTRUCTIONS (for information only - program currently in progress)

  201 SUMMER PEN PAL FLIER & INSTRUCTIONS will be posted in late April




Our 2022 updates will be posted this fall. Program details will look similar to those of 2020, below.


Information will be posted this December. The program will look similar to the 2020 version below, which we have retained on this site for your reference.

2022 Host Family Applications can be submitted as soon as they are posted and and will be accepted until all exchange youth are placed, usually in March-May.) For reference only: 2020 Application found here

Host a Japanese Youth and Adult! 

Ohio host siblings for Japanese youth should be ages 10-16. Ohio host siblings will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender & approximate age. The 2022 Host Family Application will be posted to this website in fall, 2021. Applications would be accepted until all youth are placed, usually in late April, 2022.


2022 information will be posted this fall. It will look similar to the 2020 programs below, which we have retained on this site for your reference. The 2022 Travel Application Deadline is November 15, 2021. For reference only: 2020 Application found here

Potential 2022 Countries: Japan, Argentina, Costa Rica, Finland, Norway, Romania & South Korea.

Reminder: The flyers below are from our 2019 and 2020 program year, and are listed here for your reference only.


Make It a Project! Your participation in the 4-H International Exchange Program can be the basis of your own unique 4-H self-determined project! Every self-determined project requires the 4-H member to identify and complete areas of interest and related activities, learning experiences, leadership/citizenship activities, and a brief report. Just like other projects, self-determined projects are eligible for fair participation. Visit the Self-Determined Projects and Idea Starter webpage for more information.


Volunteer with the Ohio 4-H International Program!

Join our statewide team of volunteer International County Coordinators (ICCs) who assist with recruiting, interviewing and supporting host families!

Ohio 4-H Volunteer ICC position description


    Can't find what you're looking for?

      Mary Lynn Thalheimer, Program Director

      Ohio 4-H International Programs, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210

      Phone: 614-247-8162