Okinawan High School Student Exchange: Volunteer Home-Stay Families Needed

By President

From July 21st to August 18th, Clackamas will play host to nearly 25 Okinawan students eager to improve their English and learn about American culture.  This group of young girls and boys (ages 13-17) will spend their four weeks in the Portland area both participating in academic classes and enjoying weekday fieldtrips around the community, including excursions to the Oregon Coast, Fort Vancouver, Seattle for a Mariners game, and the Columbia River.

What makes this stay in Clackamas truly special, however, is the opportunity these students have to live with a local family.  Host families throughout the community open their homes to these international visitors, and by doing so open themselves up to a singularly enlightening cultural experience.   While the Japanese students get a chance to learn about life in an American family, their host families are given a similarly special chance to learn more about life in Okinawa.

This cultural exchange is a life-changing opportunity for everyone involved.  If you’re interested in hosting a bright and inquisitive student from Okinawa, please contact Annette at 503.481.4125 or Becky at 360.892.4212.

Filed in: Past Events • Friday, June 18th, 2010

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The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.