Homestay Program 2002
Memorial Album of Our Stay in Maple Valley, WA
Last Updated 09/13/02

Students' Reports Completed!  Great Job!

The Department of International Cultural Studies has a three-week homestay program in the USA for the 1st year students.  This year, 10 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.  The students also spend a whole day on excursions once or twice a week..

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).


 Day 01 2/14 (Thur.)  Arrival
 Visit Snoqualmie Falls, Chocolate Factory, etc.
 (Full Day Excursion)
 Day 02 2/15 (Fri.)  Class (Orientation)
 Community Tour
 Welcome Party
 Day 03 2/16 (Sat.)
 Day 04 2/17 (Sun.)
 Free Weekend with Host Families
 Day 05 2/18 (Mon.)  Class(American Holidays, American Homes)
 Learn about Some of the American Holidays
 Day 06 2/19 (Tues.)  Visit Leavenworth
 (Full Day Excursion)
 Day 07 2/20 (Wed.)  Class (Differences in manners between America and Japan)
 Guest Speakers Day
 Day 08 2/21 (Thur.)  Class(Host Families, Games, Role-Playing)
 Craft Day (Learn to Make Cards and Bookmarks with Rubber Stamps)
 Day 09 2/22 (Fri.)  Class (Wedding and Marriage in the US)
 Free Afternoon with Host Families
 Day 10 2/23 (Sat.)
 Day 11 2/24 (Sun.)
 Free Weekend with Host Families
 Day 12 2/25 (Mon.)  Visit UW and Seattle's Waterfront Area
 (Full Day Excursion)
 Day 13 2/26 (Tues.)  Class(Talking about Seattle Visit, Preparing for Afternoon Visit)
 Visit Maple Valley Fire Station and a Local Grocery Store
 Day 14 2/27 (Wed.)  Class (Talking about the Fire Station Visit, Preparing for School Visit)
 Visit Rock Creek Elementary School
 Day 15 2/28 (Thur.)  Class (Differences between American Schools and Japanese Schools)
 Shopping at SuperMall and Walmart
 Day 16 3/1 (Fri.)  Class (Differences between American Houses and Japanese Houses)
 Visit Green River Community College
 Day 17 3/2 (Sat.)
 Day 18 3/3 (Sun.)
 Free Weekend with Host Families
 Day 19 3/4 (Mon.)  Class (Matane Party Preparation)
 Matane Party (aka See You Again Party)
 Day 20 3/5 (Tues.)   Departure for L.A.

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

Mrs. Julie Motley (area manager from FIU)
Mrs. Kelly Morrison (teacher guide from FIU)
The 12 host families (the Atkinsons, the Brousells, the Busers, the Eades, the Hayes, the Hopkins, the Kennedys, the Machens, the Morrisons, the Papineau-Harpers, the Singletons and the Skjelstads)
Thank you very much.  We really appreciate your hospitality.

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