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ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 21, 2013) The Anaheim Sister City Commission has extended its deadline to June 30 for Anaheim residents to apply to be host families for its 2013 Mito, Japan student exchange program. For many of the students, this is their first visit to the United States.
The students will be in Anaheim for one week between July 26 and August 10, and will rely on host families to house them during their stay. Becoming a host family offers a new and exciting opportunity for families to learn about Japanese culture and customs in a nontraditional way.
The Anaheim Sister City Commission offers a great opportunity for the Mito students as well as the local families. The growth opportunities for host families are endless, and many use this experience to explore their own family’s American values while teaching eager Mito students about their family history and American culture.
Qualifications for a host family include providing a private and comforting environment for the visiting student, having a safe household equipped with up-to-date fire alarms or smoke detectors, having all members of the household 18-or-older fingerprinted by the Anaheim Police Department, and assuming responsibility for some costs associated with the student’s visit.
After submitting an application, host candidates will complete an in-person interview. Chosen hosts will attend an orientation meeting where they will learn about Japanese culture before the student arrives.
To apply for the program, and for more information about the Sister City Commission, please click here.
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