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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Host families are needed for 20 inbound Japanese boys and girls, ages 12-21, coming to Colorado through the 2012 inbound Colorado-Japan Teen Exchange. Hosting dates are July 23-Aug. 18 or July 25-Aug. 18.

This program is coordinated through Colorado State University and has been running since 1975.

Host families do not need to be a member of 4-H and may reside in urban, suburban or rural settings throughout Colorado. Those in the exchange may share a room with their host sibling. Matches are made on the basis of same sex and close in age, as well as some common interests.

Please note, host siblings may be as young as 9 to match with a 12-year-old Japanese participant.

All participants are 100 percent medically covered with 4-H insurance and may participate in host family vacations, camping trips or youth camps. They are expected to become part of the family, including attending church, helping with household chores, following house rules and participating in other aspects of U.S. daily life. The greatest success occurs when families treat the delegates as a member of the family, rather than a “guest.”

The program covers costs for the exchange. Each participant has his/her own spending money.

Japanese participants will attend an orientation in Denver before going to host families and a debriefing in Denver before returning to Japan. Orientation for host families is done in Denver on the same day as delegate pickup. Carpools are planned to transport delegates to homes if host families are not able to attend orientation or pick up their exchange student.

A complete orientation packet including program information, culture information and complete application of the delegate they are hosting will be mailed to host families.

Host siblings have the option of traveling to Japan to participate in a four- or eight-week exchange while staying with Japanese host families and learning Japanese culture.

For more information, please call Extension agent Tracy Trumper at 854-3616.

Holyoke Enterprise June 14, 2012