Homeschool families may find the hosting experience an opportunity to integrate a culture component into their studies.
CCI Greenheart, a non-profit student exchange organization, is seeking hosts for scholarship students from Okinawa, Japan participating in a short summer exchange program, July 26 – August 8 (2 weeks). Participants range in age from 13 – 17 and have a variety of interests. During the program the student have English classes, excursions and volunteer activities arranged on weekdays so the program is suitable for busy, working hosts. (Host family members - such as their homeschool students - may also join on activities, if they wish, at no cost) The meeting point for the program is at the Susannah Wesley Center in Kalihi-Palama, however the organization can arrange transport for the students each day. Here is a link to the calendar:
Hosting can help you make an international friend and get to know more people in your community. They welcome hosts with and without children, single parents, as well as empty nesters. Hosts may have 1, 2, or 3 students in their home (depending on the space available.) On this program hosts are provided a stipend of $300 ($150/week), per student, to offset expenses incurred.
Hosts provide a bed (students may share a room with similarly aged host sibling), meals, and a warm and safe environment. Students come with spending money and insurance. A local American coordinator and leaders from Okinawa will be available to provide support to students and hosts 24-7. Two short weeks can lead to lifetime friendships!
If you are interested in hosting please contact Lindsey at:
Or, you can start by completing an online host application:
(Please choose Lindsey Brown as the LC)
Established in 1985, CCI Greenheart is a nonprofit international educational exchange organization. Their mission is to promote cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness and world peace. CCI Greenheart is designated by the United States Department of State as a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program sponsor and is currently granted full listing by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). All of their group students give back to their host community by participating in one or more volunteer projects.
(Please note that I, Oahu Homeschool Mom, am not affiliated or associated with this organization or event. This is NOT a sponsored post or advertisement. I am simply passing on the information in case it might interest some of my readers. Please contact the organizer or organization directly with any questions or for more information.)
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