Michigan-Shiga High School Exchange Program

The Michigan Department of Education and the Shiga Board of Education initiated the Michigan-Shiga Student Exchange Program in 1990. The program was originally operated out of the Michigan Department of Education, then Clinton County RESA and the Office of Gifted and Talented Education at Michigan State University, and since 2014, the Michigan Shiga Sister State Board along with their new co-sponsor, Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University, has operated it.

We are seeking Michigan families with students in grades 9 - 11 to host 15 Shiga high school students.  Michigan families are asked to only provide room and board, students will pay for all personal expenses.  Shiga students should be provided their own bed. The Shiga students will reside with their host family from Friday, August 28 - Saturday, September 12.  Host families will need to pick up their Shiga student in East Lansing at the Kellogg Center.  A farewell event will be held in Lansing on Saturday, September 12 at Springhill Suites.
During their home stay with their Michigan family, Shiga students will attend school each day and participate in their host family activities.  Two adult chaperones will be accompany the Shiga students and will be available for any assistance host families may need. 
No previous hosting experience nor a ability to speak Japanese is required.  An orientation meeting will be held the morning of Saturday, May 16 on the MSU campus.  Hosting students and their parents will be expected to attend this meeting.
The deadline to apply:  May 1, 2015  A downloadable application is below.
Questions:  Please contact Kathee McDonald at mcdon288@msu.edu.
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Michigan Shiga,
Apr 20, 2015, 8:39 PM