By Nancy Covert
A Baker‚Äôs Dozen-worth (13) of Japanese students arrived in Steilacoom in late July for a two-week visit.
The youths, all juniors at Gotsu High School in Shi-Mani Province (SE of Tokyo) are taking part in an intensive Americanization program to learn about our culture.
The Home Stay program is in its 28th year, according to Gaile Brown, CSI area administrator. It‚Äôs the 10th year for Steilacoom-area families to host the latest group of students.
The students: 12 young women and one young man, plus two escorts, are being hosted by families in Lacey, Anderson Island, DuPont and Steilacoom.
Besides daily classes in conversational English being held at Oberlin Church, students also are sightseeing in the area. On Wednesday they were scheduled to visit the Steilacoom Historical Museum.
The Exchange program includes opportunities for them to visit places such as Microsoft, Pike Place Market, Safeco Field, and Snoqualmie Falls. Of course, there‚Äôs plenty of time for shopping. Host families provide after-school activities for their guests.
Students will be introduced to American culture, such as its holidays while they‚Äôre here.
For most of the students, it‚Äôs their first time in America. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre really impressed by the five-lane freeways,‚Äù Brown added.
Each morning begins with an informal gather-round-the-table discussion about their host families and what they ate for breakfast, Brown said.
While the students are on recess from their high school classes (in Japan school is in session year around), students also have homework to complete.
In addition, Brown continued, students are keeping journals about their American experiences. When the students return home in mid-August they‚Äôll have plenty of material on which to draw for those traditional ‚Äúwhat I did this summer‚Äù essays.Print This Post