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The Haddonfield Japanese Exchange is accepting applications for host families

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The Haddonfield Japan Exchange is pleased to announce that they will be accepting applications for host families at this time.

This summer twenty young ladies, from Kasukabe, Japan will visit Haddonfield for about two weeks from July 25 until Aug. 6. These Japanese students will be from the elite, Kasukabe Girls High School.

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Haddonfield has hosted students from this school since 2007, on alternating years, while Haddonfield Memorial High School students have visited Kasukabe. Last summer 20 boys and girls from town had an exciting and amazing experience as they adopted themselves to the Japanese life style and customs.

Just as in Japan, the only cost is for air transportation, once they arrive, the hosting country representatives assume all costs. The Haddonfield Japan Exchange Committee has planed daily activities for our Japanese guests, which include trips to Philadelphia, New York City, the Jersey shore, tubing on the Delaware, Cow Town Rodeo, a visit to the Amish country, bowling, and, of course, English classes and a tour of Haddonfield as well as a welcoming party and farewell dinner.

This highly successful program is a non-profit and functions through donations and fundraising activities such as our Sake and Sushi Party and Auction coming up in June.

Not one committee member receives a penny for their volunteer efforts.

We also relay on the kindness of Haddonfield families who serve as host families. Ideally the host family should have a teenage child, and be willing to share their home with a guest for about two weeks. Being able to provide a separate bedroom, or at least a shared room with someone of like gender is a basic requirement.

The host family would be required to provide breakfast in the morning and dinner on most nights, on occasion a brown-bag lunch. These students look forward to adapting to the American life style, so for the time that they are with you, please treat them as family members. They will be expected to perform small family type chores like clearing the table, etc.

Daily activities will be provided by the HJE Committee, but hopefully on some weekends, the host family will share some normal activities with the family. During the week host families will be required to see to it that their host student gets to the high school in the morning and also picks them up at night.

In addition, to learning about the Japanese culture from your guest, and sharing the American life style, the hosting parents and student will be welcome to attend the Sayonara Dinner at Tavistock Country Club without cost. The hosting student will receive priority consideration in the student selection of those HMHS Students selected to visit Japan in 2016.

For applications, please see Ms. Marcello in the main office at HMHS.

For questions please contact, Bill Brown, Director HJE, at billbrown08033@aol.com or at (856) 429–4368.


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