Homestay Program '99
Memorial Album of Our Stay in Maple Valley, WA
Last Updated 09/17/99


The Department of International Cultural Studies has a three-week homestay program in the USA for the 1st year students.  This year, 18 students joined the program and stayed in the Maple Valley, Washington area.

This page shows you a record of our stay in the Maple Valley area.  The basics of the program are as follows: Each student stays with a local family all through the program.  The students go to the study center (a local church) and take EFL lessons in the morning, and afterward they have activities or excursions in the afternoon.  Sometimes the students spend a whole day on excursions.

All parts of the program (choosing host families, organizing the whole itinerary including daily activities and excursions, and the EFL lessons) are designed by FIU (The Foundation for International Understanding, which is a non-profit group for organizing homestay programs).
 
 

ITINERARY

 Day 01 2/18 (Thur.)  Arrival
 Visit Snoqualmie Falls, Chocolate Factory, etc.
 (Full Day Excursion)
 Day 02 2/19 (Fri.)  Class (Orientation)
 Community Tour
 Day 03 2/20 (Sat.)
 Day 04 2/21 (Sun.)
 Free Weekend with Host Families
 Day 05 2/22 (Mon.)  Class (American Holidays)
 Learn about Some of the American Holidays
 Day 06 2/23 (Tues.)  Visit Seattle's Waterfront and Pike Place Market
 (Full Day Excursion)
 Day 07 2/24 (Wed.)  Class (Amerian Homes)
 Craft Day (Learn to Make Cards & Recycled Paper)
 Day 08 2/25 (Thur.)  Visit UW, Seattle Center and Westlake Mall
 (Full Day Excursion)
 Day 09 2/26 (Fri.)  Class (American Dreams)
 Meet Local Business People
 Day 10 2/27 (Sat.)
 Day 11 2/28 (Sun.)
 Free Weekend with Host Families
 Day 12 3/1 (Mon.)  Visit Leavenworth
 (Full Day Excursion)
 Day 13 3/2 (Tues.)  Class (Education in the USA)
 Visit Rock Creek Elementary School
 Day 14 3/3 (Wed.)  Class (Fire Fighters and Police Officers)
 Visit Maple Valley Fire Station and Police Station
 Day 15 3/4 (Thur.)  Class (Differences between Japan and the USA / Word Games)
 Shopping at SuperMall
 Day 16 3/5 (Fri.)  Class (Emotions)
 Visit Green River Community College and Highline Community College
 Day 17 3/6 (Sat.)
 Day 18 3/7 (Sun.)
 Free Weekend with Host Families
 Day 19 3/8 (Mon.)  Class (Sayonara Party Preparation)
 Sayonara Party (aka See You Again Party)
 Day 20 3/9 (Tues.)   Departure for L.A.

We owe the success of our homestay program especially to the following people:

Maple Valley Area
Mrs. Julie Motley (area manager / teacher guide from FIU)
Mrs. Kelly Morrison (teacher guide from FIU)
The 19 host families (the Bakers, the Brousells, the Busers, the Careys, the Decker/Mitts, the Eades,the James, the Machens, the Misers, the Motleys, the Panians, the Papineau-Harpers, the Raceys, the Rochowiaks, the Ryans, the Thayers, the Tulls, the Tuttles, and the Wilsons)

L.A. Area
Mrs. Debbie Long (area manager from FIU)
Mrs. Peggi Taken (guide from FIU)

You can also enjoy the students' reports here.


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