n cooperation with the Sister Cities Committee in Asahikawa, the Bloomington-Normal/Asahikawa Sister Cities Committee has sponsored a home-stay junior high student exchange singe 1985.
Each year, a group of students is selected from the Bloomington-Normal area to travel to Asahikawa for approximately two weeks. The size of the group is typically limited to no more than 15. The trip usually takes
Prior to departing, students and chaperones meet on a regular basis for training classes. Participants learn basic language skills, such as how to say simple phrases ("Hello, my name is...", How much does this cost?", "Can you tell me how to find...").
Each year, around the end of March, we host junior high students from Japan for approximately one week. For some students, this will be their only chance to visit America. The students will stay with host families and get a glimpse at typical American life. During the weekdays, the committee arranges activities such as visiting local schools, WJBC, Artful Design, Beer Nuts, Bloomington and Normal City Hall, Upper Limits, a trip to Springfield, and a trip to Chicago. In the evenings and on weekends, the students
There are 13 students and 2 chaperones coming in 2020, from March 26 to April 4.
Host family application is downloadable (click here) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.