Homestay Program 2006
Memorial Album of Our Stay in Federal Way, WA
Last Updated 03/13/06

Students' Reports Here

The Department of Liberal Studies has a three-week homestay program in the USA for the 1st year students.  This year, 11 students joined the program and stayed in the Federal Way, Washington area.

This page shows you a record of our stay in the Federal Way 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 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  2/13 (Mon.)   Arrival 
  Visit Puget Sound Park, Seattle Premium Outlets, Chocolate Factory, Snoqualmie Falls, etc. 
  (Full Day Excursion)
  Day 02  2/14 (Tues.)   Class (Orientation) 
  Community Tour 
  Welcome Party
  Day 03  2/15 (Wed.)   Visit Wild Wood Elementary School
  Class (Differences in Schools and Children between America and Japan)
  Day 04  2/16 (Thur.)   Visit UW and Seattle's Waterfront Area 
  (Full Day Excursion)
  Day 05  2/17 (Fri.)   Class (Differences in High Schools between America and Japan)
  Make-up Demonstration
  Free Afternoon with Host Families
  Day 06  2/18 (Sat.) 
  Day 07  2/19 (Sun.)
  Free Weekend with Host Families
  Day 08  2/20 (Mon.)   Class (Differences in Culture between America and Japan)
  Practice for Nursing Home Visit
  Day 09  2/21 (Tues.)   Class (American Holidays)
  American Holiday Activities
  Day 10  2/22 (Wed.)    Visit Leavenworth
  (Full Day Excursion)
  Day 11  2/23 (Thur.)   Class (American Household, Tongue Twisters, Marriage, etc.)
  Guest Speakers' Day
  Day 12  2/24 (Fri.)   Class (Manners at the Table, Wedding in America and Japan, Card Games) 
  Free Afternoon with Host Families
  Day 13  2/25 (Sat.)
  Day 14  2/26 (Sun.)
  Free Weekend with Host Families
  Day 15  2/27 (Mon.)   Class (How to Describe Cooking Japanese Food) 
  Shopping at Tacoma Mall
  Day 16  2/28 (Tues.)   Class (Making Memory Journals) 
  Visit Green River Community College, and a Local Nursing Home
  Day 17  3/01 (Wed.)    Craft Day (Making Memory Journals and Photo Frames for Host Families) 
  Day 18  3/02 (Thur.)   Class (Making Memory Journals and Photo Frames, Getting Ready for the Afternoon Visit)
  Visit Fire/Police Department at King County International Airport 
  Day 19  3/03 (Fri.)   Sayonara Party Preparation
  Sayonara Party
  Day 20  3/04 (Sat.)   Departure for Japan

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

Mrs. Mary Sawyer (area manager from FIU)
Mrs. Laura Campbell (teacher guide from FIU)
The 12 host families (the Boggs, the Dears, the Forwards, the Hannens, the Jones, the Machens, the Mayfields, the Murphys, the O'Reillys, the Stazels, the Stephens, and the Webbs)
Thank you very much.  We really appreciate your hospitality.

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