Couples or families can volunteer to host a student for a few weeks or for several months. Host family duties include providing room and board for the student and transportation to and from school and events/activities. Past host families have found great rewards in having a chance to learn about another culture on an ongoing, first-hand basis.
Host parents are interviewed by the committee and by law must complete a police background check. Host parents that are selected are expected to sign a contract with the committee, promising to fulfill certain obligations, and are provided with a set of rules that govern the conduct and expectations of the students.
Families are needed each March for approximately one week to host a junior high student.
Host family duties include providing room and board, pick up and drop off of students for daily committee arranged activities, spending time with the student during the evenings and weekend, and attendance at the welcome and farewell parties.
The Bloomington-Normal/Asahikawa Sister Cities program is a volunteer committee that oversees all aspects of the sister city friendship. There are 20 board members with 10 members appointed by the City of Bloomington and 10 members appointed by the Town of Normal.
Committee members meet monthly and are expected to participate in at least one sub-committee:
These subcommittees facilitate the work of the committee on weekly basis. Time commitment varies depending on the month, but committee members usually
The committee is supported by the City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal and by donations. We welcome donations of any amount to further our mission of facilitating the friendship with Asahikawa, Japan. The mailing address for donations is: c/o Ken Ota, 27 Lone Oak Ct., Bloomington, IL 61705. Contact Darren Sampson, Chair, with inquiries about company-sponsored volunteer programs.