Host families needed for Japanese students

A total of 108 students, aged 16, from Moriyama, Japan will stay with host families inAbbotsford through the Red Leaf program.

Homes are still needed for some Japanese students who will be staying in Abbotsford from Aug. 21 to Sept. 2.

A total of 108 students, aged 16, from Moriyama, Japan will stay with host families in the community through the Red Leaf program.

Students attend English classes at Summit Pacific College in Abbotsford in a program where each group of five students has a teacher and a Canadian buddy with them daily.

They are free to spend time with their host families in the evenings and on weekends.

Their trip includes two excursions to Vancouver – one with teachers and buddies, and one on their own.

They will also visit UBC and meet Canadians who are learning Japanese.

All that is required by host families is to provide the student with room and board and assistance with car pooling. The room could be shared with a family member of the same gender and roughly the same age.

To assist with the costs of hosting a student, remuneration is provided.

While the program runs in Abbotsford, families who live in places such as Mission, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge, and Aldergrove are also welcome.

For more information, call Marilyn Henderson at 604-626-1574.