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 2020 travel dates are: 

  • July 8 - August 6, 2020 for the 4-week Homestay Program
  • June 10 - August 6, 2020 for the 8-week Nihongo Program

Please note: if you host a Japanese delegate in Michigan your child could possible stay with that delegate 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

Summer 2021 - 

  • Scholarships available to 4-H youth
  • $1,500 deposit is due December 1, 2020 for 4-week program and $2,000 due for 8-week program.
  • Applications will be accepted for 2021 Summer Travel to Japan October 1 through November 1, 2020, space is limited so send early to:

Japan application 2021 - check back August 2020

Japan medical form

Japan reference form

Program Comparison form

Program terms and conditions information

Japan flier


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 2021 to July 2022. Inquiry form due by December 2020. Application due by January, 2021. (Youth ages 15-18, who have not already graduated from high school).

For more information, contact: