Japan - Outbound 4 Weeks

This Outbound 4-H Japanese Exchange Program is a 4-week program for both 4-H and non-4-H members interested in traveling to Japan. The program began in 1972 and more than 6,000 US teenagers have participated. States' 4-H International and Oregon 4-H partner with three Japanese youth development organizations, LABO LEX and UTREK, in offering these exchange opportunities. The 4-week program runs from mid-July to mid-August. This time period coincides with the Japanese school system summer vacation.

Informational flyer and program cost

Informational Flyer

Cost for 2017 is $2600.00 plus airfare (current airfare estimate is $1600-$2500). Payment may be made in three parts.

Hosting Credit: The Japanese organizations offer a credit of $100 for each month-long Japanese student a family has hosted, up to $300 total. Any family who has hosted a year-long Japanese high school student is credited $1,000 toward participation in the program. These credits will be applied toward the final payment due in April.

The program fee includes

*Round trip airfare from home state to Tokyo, Japan
*In-Japan costs (transportation, meals, lodging, etc.)
*One night orientation in US gateway city (double or higher occupancy based lodging)
*Arrival orientation in Tokyo by Labo, LEX or UTREK
*A portion of the adult chaperone expenses
*Accident & sickness insurance
*Orientation materials and States' 4-H t-shirts
*Japanese Summer Camp (Labo and UTREK delegates) or LEX cultural excursion
*Oregon orientation program and materials

How to Apply (**Note-Application packets must arrive in Corvallis prior to November 30th for consideration!):

Any youth, age 13-18 is eligible to apply (must be 13 by date of travel and cannot have started college) and youth do not need to be a current 4-H member.  To apply, please submit the following:

* Outbound Participant Application Form. The application includes a photo of the applicant, a 1-page essay, a letter of introduction to the host family, short answer questions, cultural project description, and comprehensive release.
* Participant Reference Form.  Two references required; one from the County 4-H Agent and one from a non-relative adult such as a teacher or guidance counselor. If the agent does not know the applicant well enough, the applicant must schedule an interview with the agent.  References should be collected in a sealed envelope or sent directly to Oregon 4-H International Programs
* Deposit: $1000 check payable to: States' 4-H International Exchange Programs
* Scholarship application (optional)

Mail completed applications to: Oregon 4-H International Exchange Program State Coordinator, 106 Ballard Extension Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-3608

Delegate application and selection process

All potential delegates will be interviewed via phone or Zoom between December 1st-12th. Applicants will be asked why they want to go to the country they have selected, what they hope to learn, how they plan to prepare for the trip, and other questions deemed appropriate by the State Coordinator.

After the interview, applicants will be notified during the first part of January if they have been selected as an Oregon delegate and about any scholarship awards received.

Additional needed material and due dates

Due by January 25:

* $2,000 second payment

This material will be due by February 22:

* Medical Form completed by medical provider based on examination which occurs within one year of date of departure.
* Copy of photo/signature pages of passport 

Due by April 26:

*Final payment of program/airfare fees 

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