Students from 3 disaster-hit prefectures to start international homestays
The Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund is conducting two homestay programs this summer for junior and senior high school students from disaster-hit Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures. Coca-Cola said the initiative will enable participants to learn about other cultures through homestays in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The first initiative is for homestays in the United States for senior high school students, and is in collaboration with TOMODACHI, which is a partnership between the governments of Japan and the United States and the U.S.-Japan Council. This program is providing U.S. homestay opportunities for 60 participants annually over three years from 2012.
The program for this year’s 60 students will start on Sunday, July 22. After briefings in Japan, they will fly to Washington, DC, studying and taking homestays there and returning on Thursday, August 9. During their time abroad, the students will learn about American culture and history, present Japan to others, and take practical English lessons.
The Fund extended its homestay involvement to launch the Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund British Homestay Program for Junior High School Students. This year, 18 students from schools in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures will participate in this program from Monday, August 6, through Sunday, August 19, which will be partly during the London 2012 Olympics. The students will attend a language school and take part in sports, interacting with other students from around the world.