Iowa 4-H International Programs

Iowa 4-H emphasizes the 4-H values of belonging, independence, generosity and mastery through international exchange programs. Through these programs, youth and adults will have the opportunity to build global citizenship as they connect with others from around the world. Iowa 4-H is proud to work with States’ 4-H Exchange and IFYE (formerly known as International 4-H Youth Exchange) to create opportunities for 4-Hers and alumni to travel abroad!

States’ 4-H Exchange (for 4-H members ages 12-18)

States’ 4-H Summer Outbound programs provide American 4-H youth with the opportunity to travel to foreign countries for a cultural immersion experience. Outbound delegates live with volunteer host families and engage in experiential learning about a new way of life. Delegates experience aspects of daily life that allow them to more deeply understand both their host culture and their own culture.

All States’ 4-H Outbound delegates participate in pre-departure orientations held in the US. Delegations are accompanied by adult chaperones who remain in-country to provide support during the exchange. Delegates attend an in-country orientation upon arrival and prior to departing for their host families. Some programs include a summer camp or language learning elements as well.

International Exchange Program logo.


For questions or to learn more, please reach out to Madeleine Bretey-Smith.

IFYE (for 4-H Alumni 19 years and older)

The IFYE foreign exchange program offers you an opportunity to experience another way of life by living it; IFYE is truly a “learn by doing” experience. It's your chance to see new places, make new friends, and soak in another culture. You'll join in all aspects of family life -- sharing quiet moments, enjoying family outings, and joining community activities as well as helping with household and family chores. It is an adventure that will pay off for the rest of your life, especially in your chosen career. There is no other experience like IFYE, and it can be truly life changing. Our alumni are farmers and ranchers, other business owners, corporate leaders, elected officials, teachers and university professors, authors, scientists, publishers, and leaders in many other professions.


Farmers harvesting crops.

Iowa 4-H Foundation financial support is available by application for Iowa 4-H alumni interested in the IFYE program. Click here for the application. Contact Emily Saveraid at for financial support application questions.