|Looking for host families for Japanese 4-H visitors|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 05 March 2013 10:22|
Northwestern Ohio families will have the opportunity to welcome a young person from Japan into their home for one month this summer through an international exchange program being offered by the Ohio Extension, 4-H.
Host families are needed for 80 Japanese youth (aged 12-16) and their adult chaperones, who will visit Ohio from July 24 through August 19.
Host families provide the exchange students with room and board and a chance to experience daily life in America. Families are urged not to alter their daily routines or lifestyles during their visitor's stay. Exchange students provide their own spending money, and the sponsoring organization furnishes comprehensive medical insurance.
The Japanese visitors belong to the Labo Foundation, an organization which promotes the study of English culture and language in Japan. Ohio 4-H has been conducting international exchange programs with Labo since 1980.
"Do you know what I learned from this child?" asked one host father. "That you can live together and not understand what the other is saying, and yet still communicate and learn to love each other."
Comments like this from a local family sum up the joy which can result from participating in the Ohio 4-H International Exchange Program.
All types of families are welcome to apply to become hosts, including urban, rural, single-parent, and non-4-H families. One requirement is that families must have their own child of the
same gender and approximate age as the international visitor. A volunteer will conduct an interview in the home of the prospective host family and they must attend an orientation before the arrival of the Japanese youth.
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