Youths aged 13-18 who are interested in Japan and its culture may request an application to participate in an Alaska 4-H exchange trip to Japan.
Applications must be received by Jan. 11 for the exchange, which is July 6 to Aug. 4, 2011. Applicants who are not currently 4-H members will be enrolled in 4-H prior to going to Japan.
Each Alaska youth will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender and similar age and interests. After orientation in the United States, participants will travel to Japan with a chaperone and join their Japanese host families.
Exchange coordinator Jill Holmgren said participants do whatever their host families do and experience life in Japan from the inside, rather than as a tourist or guest.
The exchange between 4-H and Japan has been ongoing for more than 40 years. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Holmgren at 455-6987. Participants pay a program fee that includes transportation, orientation and all other expenses except spending money.
4-H is a national youth development program and is administered in Alaska by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. Information about 4-H and the Alaska 4-H Exchange Program is located at www.alaska4h.org.