Story last updated at 12/26/2012 - 4:11 pm
The deadline for applying for a 4-H summer exchange program to Japan is Jan. 15. The July 10 to Aug. 8, 2013, exchange is open to Alaska youths ages 13 to 18. The program also needs ten host families for Japanese youths who are coming to Alaska the same month.
Participants discover Japan as a member of a Japanese family, hosted by a teen of the same gender and age. Applicants do not need to speak Japanese. Teens not currently in 4-H can join by applying.
Incoming Japanese youths will be in Alaska July 21 to Aug. 19. Each host family must have a child aged 10 to 16 who is willing to be the host brother or sister. Hosts and exchange students will be matched for gender, age and interests. Families do not have to be affiliated with 4-H or speak Japanese.
For more information about the outbound program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.uaf.edu/ces/4h/exchange. For details about hosting a Japanese youth, see the same website, call 907-786-6300, or contact Tony Nakazawa at email@example.com or Marianne Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org .
4-H is a national youth development program administered in Alaska by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.