This is a life changing experience for our youth ages 12-18.

Michigan youth can travel to Japan for either 4 or 8 weeks in the summer. The summer 2019 travel dates are: 

  • July 10 - August 8, 2019 for the 4-week Homestay Program
  • June 12 - August 8, 2019 for the 8-week Nihongo Program

Note if you host the host brother/sister who stays with you in Michigan may be able to host your child in Japan. Our program has supported many international friendships.  Participants are ages 12-18 years old.  Visit States' 4-H website for more information: www.states4hexchange.org

  • Scholarships available to 4-H youth
  • $1,500 deposit is due December 1, 2018
  • Applications will be accepted for 2019 Summer Travel to Japan from November 1 through December 1, 2018, space is limited so send early to:

Japan application

Japan reference form

Japan medical form

States' 4-H Scholarship information


photo collage

2018 Michigan 14 year old youth who traveled to Japan for the 4-week program and stayed with her two Japanese sisters she hosted from 2016 & 2017. 

Academic Year

Academic Year Outbound Program to Japan: Live with a LEX/Hippo Club Japanese family and attend Japanese school. Dates are August 2019 to July 2020. Inquiry form due by December 2018. Application due by January, 2019. (Youth ages 15-18, who have not already graduated from high school).

For more information, contact:

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