Travel Exchanges

Host Families Needed | Exchanges | Canadian/Japanese Exchange

AgriVenture Travel Award

Deadline Jan 1
available online Sept - Dec

Each year, five provinces (BC, MB, SK, AB, ON) are invited to select one candidate to be considered by the AgriVenture Board of Directors. From the submissions, two applicants are selected for an AgriVenture farm work travel opportunity, which includes an award of 80% of the program costs to a maximum of $3,000. Applicants can choose from countries including Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. AgriVenture programs last from six months to one year.

Applicants must:

  • Be between 18 and 30 years of age as of January 1, 2008
  • Have been in the 4-H program for at least two years and provide letter from a former general or project leader confirming their registration
  • Travel within one year of acceptance

Present or past 4-H members who have participated in an international program prior to 2005 are also eligible to apply.

For more information on the AgriVenture program, visit

Contact: Mark Shand

Leader Travel Opportunities Deadline Spring/Summer

Various dates

Each year, leaders are given the opportunity to be involved in leader development trips or chaperone member trips. During these trips, leaders meet other members and leaders from across the province, Canada and the United States. Leaders will also have the chance to develop further skills and gain new ideas for their club and community.

Regional trip assignments are based upon a regional rotation schedule. Names must be submitted to either the 4-H Specialist for your region or your Regional 4-H Council.

Leader development opportunity requirements:

  • Minimum of five years of Alberta 4-H leadership
  • Attendance at the Alberta 4-H Leaders' Conference
  • A $150 registration fee

Leaders can apply for a development opportunity once every five years. They may also apply for an out of province chaperon opportunity two years after attending a development opportunity.

Leader/Alumni Chaperone opportunity requirements:

  • Assist the program coordinator with supervision of delegates, program administration and other duties as required
  • At least two years of experience as 4-H leaders or alumni
  • Class 4 or higher license if driving members
  • No registration fee required

Leaders can apply for chaperon opportunities once every two years. They may also apply for leader development opportunities two years after attending a chaperon program.

Contact: your Regional 4-H Office


Create Your Own Exchange Opportunity  N/A

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 regional and district councils to initiate travel to another part of Alberta, Canada, or the United States.

Exchanges provide participants with the opportunity to travel and meet 4-H members from another area with whom they can share their cultures and traditions and 4-H backgrounds. The exchanges are to be organized by a local exchange committee, and should take place either over a two-year period, or through a one-year exchange.

Contact: Mark Shand

Canadian/Japanese Exchange

Outbound Application

InBound Application

Host Family Reference Form

Deadline Feb 15 (outgoing - Nihongo)

Mar 15 (outbound - month long)
May 15

Jun 15 (inbound - month long)

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 three Japanese organizations, Labo, Lex and Utrek. Each organization has a slightly different focus, but the exchange is very similar; helping Japanese young people to improve their English, and promoting 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.

Contact: Ellen Bonde, 403-845-6894

4-H Youth Exchanges Canada Deadline Nov 15
available online Aug - Nov

4-H Youth Exchanges Canada is a group reciprocal home stay exchange program intended for Canadians between the ages of 12 and 17. Groups of 10 participants are twinned with groups of youth the same age from another province or territory and take turns staying in each other's homes in July and August.

The exchange lasts at least five days, excluding travel time. Budgets permitting, transportation costs for all eligible participants and organizers are paid by the Government of Canada through the 4-H Youth Exchanges Canada program, while the exchange group covers local transportation and other activity expenses when hosting the twin group.

Various stages of the exchange - preparation, the actual exchange, hosting of the twin group, and follow-up to the exchange - all allow participants an opportunity to become involved in both communities, develop personal skills and learn more about Canada's diversity.

Exchanges Canada Parent Video in both Windows Media and Flash Video formats

Eligibility requirements:

  • Groups must be comprised of ten (10) youth and a minimum one (1) adult organizer.
  • Participants must be between the ages of 12 to 17 years old (as of January 1, 2008).
  • Adult organizer must be at least 25 years of age. Second adult organizer must be at least 21
    years old.
  • Al l adult organizers must complete a volunteer screening process.

Contact: Mark Shand or the Canadian 4-H Council


Host Families needed for IFYE Exchange with Korea and Taiwan

Exchange with Korea and Taiwan


Deadline May 15

An exciting opportunity has come available as Alberta 4-H has agreed to host two delegates from Korea and Taiwan this summer as part of the International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) program. The IFYE program is an in-depth learning experience in which 4-H alumni and other young adults live with host families in other countries to increase global awareness, develop independent study interests, and improve language skills. Programs vary from country to country, with some emphasizing an agricultural work experience, volunteering at an adult training center, or working with a local youth development program similar to 4-H.

With this commitment, we are in need of host families. The delegates are members of the 4-H organizations in these countries and will be between the ages of 18 and 30. We will be hosting the delegates for a period of one to three months over the course of the summer and fall. As with the other host family opportunities we provide, your family is not responsible for touring the delegate around Alberta and the rest of Canada, but more importantly, we would like your family to integrate the delegate into your family/farm life.

If you would like further information or are interested in hosting a delegate, please contact Mark Shand, 4-H Specialist – Programs, at 403-948-8508 or