Host Family Interest Form. If you have questions about hosing, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Michigan citizens are welcome to host. Young or old, urban or rural, family or individual, you can help to provide our guests from Shiga with a unique American experience! By staying in your home, sharing meals with your family, speaking your language, and participating in your daily activities, your guest will learn far more about your way of life than would ever be possible by reading a book or traveling as a tourist. In return, you will learn something about your visitor’s culture, and perhaps your own as well.
Since the sister state relationship between the State of Michigan and Shiga Prefecture was formed in 1968, our states have worked together to host numerous exchanges including annual goodwill missions, student exchanges, teacher exchanges and more. Over the years, thousands of people of all ages have traveled between Michigan and Shiga. Participants and host alike have formed lifelong friendships between the U.S. and Japan and forged a greater understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.
Friday, August 22: You will meet your Japanese guest at a mid-morning Welcome Ceremony in Lansing. During the ceremony, guests are officially welcomed by the Michigan-Shiga Sister State Board. Following the ceremony, your guest will return home with you.
Friday, Aug 22 - Wednesday, Aug 27: During this time, the guests from Shiga will do a homestay with you. As a host, you are responsible for providing lodging and food for your guest, and introducing them to your home city and the State of Michigan. In the past, delegates from Shiga have enjoyed participating in all kinds of activities. Here are some ideas:
Wednesday, August 27: After a fun-filled week with your guest, it will be time to bring them back to East Lansing for an eveningFarewell Banquet at the Kellogg Center. You and your guest will enjoy dinner and entertainment provided by the Michigan-Shiga Sister State Board before saying your final goodbyes.
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