Travel Exchanges

Host Families Needed | 4-H Alberta/Japanese Exchange | Alberta/Finland Exchange | Club to Club Exchanges 


Imagine traveling to a new and wonderful place full of enthusiastic and friendly 4-Hers who are eager to meet and share ideas with you! If the idea of traveling and exchanging cultures, traditions, and ideas interests you, then we invite your club, district, region, or even just you, to initiate travel to another part of Alberta, Canada, the United States or around the world.

Travel to Japan or Finland

Deadline for interest is May 1


As part of our reciprocal agreement, Alberta 4-H has the opportunity to send delegates to Japan and Finland. During your stay, you will be hosted by local families, take part in cultural experiences and learn about another way of life.


4-H Alberta/Japanese Exchange


Canadian/Japanese Exchange

Labo (Japan) Information

In-Japan Application (4-H membrs 14-18)

AB Host Family Application (4-H members 10+)

AB Host Family Reference Form

AB 4-H Coordinators

Best Before Dates

Feb 1 (In-Japan - Nihongo Language Program)

Mar 1 (In-Japan - Monthl Long Home Stay Program)

Jun 1 (In Alberta - Month Long Home Stay Program)


The Alberta 4-H/Japanese Exchange Program provides students and their families with an opportunity to learn about another culture, by hosting or traveling to Japan. Alberta exchanges with Labo, a family organization similar to 4-H, which helps Japanese young people improve their English, and promotes world understanding and acceptance of cultural differences. Lifelong friendships are often formed between students, their families and host families, after a month-long summer home stay. Delegates will be responsible for a program fee, the flight cost (approximately $2000) and any souvenirs they wish to buy.

Contact: Ellen Bonde, 403-845-6894


4-H Alberta/4-H Finland Exchange


Alberta/Finland 4-H Exchange

Finland Information

Host Family Application
Host Family Reference
Outbound Application

Travel to Finland - Deadline Mar 15
4-H members ages 16-19

Host a Finland Exchange Student - Deadline Mar 15
Families with 4-H members


Interested in traveling to Finland for this summer on 4-H exchange?

Are you between the ages of 16 to 19? The Alberta/Finland exchange program matches Finland 4-H members with 4-H Alberta members and provides the opportunity learn about each other’s countries. Alberta 4-H members will live with families for a month. They may also have the opportunity to attend Nordic 4-H Camp which is attended by 4-H members from all the Scandinavian countries.

Program cost - $500 plus flight (flight cost approximately $2,300) The majority of accommodations and meals will be covered during your stay.

Interested in hosting a 4-H Finland exchange student this summer?
This summer 4-H Alberta will be hosting exchange delegates from Finland. 4-H Alberta is looking for host families for the month of July and August (about a 4 week period) for these delegates who come to experience 4-H, agriculture and our way of life in Alberta. As a host family there is no expectation that you will tour your guest around the Province, only that you will welcome our guests and share your family life.

Contact: Joyce Winter 403-783-1325





Club to Club Exchange 2017

deadline Jan 15
Exchange information

Have you always dreamed of exploring this amazing country we live in? By taking part in a 4-H Canada Club to Club Exchange, you can head to the other side of the country and take in all that Canada has to offer!

The 4-H Canada Club to Club Exchange program is open to groups of 10 4-H member delegates between the ages of 12 and 17, supported by two chaperones. Selected groups from Eastern Canada will be "twinned" with groups in Western Canada.

Three time periods for travel have been established and selected groups will choose, in consultation iwth their "twin" group, when each will host and travel. The length of the exchange can be shortened, but will not fall outside of these set dates. Until your group dates are confirmed in January, it is recommended that all groups applying not make other plans during these times:

  • Jun 29 - Jul 8
  • July 24 - Aug 2
  • Aug 10- Aug 19

Exchange participants will stay with their "twin" family and enjoy a unique experience spanning cultures, languages, and history.

For more information and how to apply contact: the Canadian 4-H Council