Japanese exchange student program returns

After a one-year pause in the program due to concerns about the swine flu epidemic, the Haddonfield Japan Exchange is pleased to announce that its popular student exchange program, now in its fourth year, will resume this summer.
In the summer of 2007, students from Kasukabe Girls High School visited the United States and stayed with Haddonfield host families.
The following year, a group of Haddonfield students traveled to Japan and lived with families in Saitama. Now, in the summer of 2010, Kasukabe students will be coming back to America and will begin their two-week stay on July 24.
For this summer’s visit, the Haddonfield Japan Exchange committee has assembled a varied itinerary for their Japanese guess.
Activities include tours of Haddonfield, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., with a possible visit to the White House.
In Philadelphia, the group will ride the Ducks for a land and river cruise, followed by a visit to local historic sites.
The Japanese visitors and their American hosts will also take a day trip to Stone Harbor, visit Rowan University, and go shopping at the Cherry Hill Mall. At the Haddonfield Home, the group hopes to not just meet the senior citizens who reside there, but also participate in a volunteer activity.
The committee has also planned a welcoming party and a farewell party, and will help coordinate cookouts and individual host family activities.
In preparation for the exchange program this summer, the Haddonfield Japan Exchange committee is now looking for families willing to host a visiting Japanese student or adult chaperone.
For more information about the exchange program, or to learn about being a host family, contact the HJE Director, Bill Brown, by phone at 429–4368 or by e-mail at billbrown08033@aol.com.
And, if you see one of the Japanese guests during their stay in this summer, please be sure to offer them a gracious Haddonfield welcome.