Here is a little tangent from the usual Tech blogging.
A friend of mine asked me to help spread the word of the need for Host Families for Japanese College Students in Portland, OR.
Here is the “emergency” request:
Currently I am working for a non-profit homestay organization, ANDEO International Homestays.
We are expecting about 45 Japanese college students arriving on August 11th. They will attend PSU special ESL classes and afternoon excursions while they are here. They will return to Japan on Sept. 6th. We received so many host family cancellation last week, and we (my department, and I am the manager..!) still need about 19 more host families for these Japanese college students arriving on August 11th.
When we say “Host family” this means..
- single adult who is interested in sharing her/his home to a student and/or
- retired couple with/without children at home, and/or
- young couple (married or not) with/without children, and/or
- international family (some family members may speak Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, etc but speak English at home as a main language – we ask them to speak English as much as they can at home, too) with/without children, and/or
- families with specific religion or not
Some families live in apartment, some live in a big house, some parents both work, some are retired. Some families are African American families, some are Asian Americans, some are mix race families, etc.
Is it possible for you to forward my message to as many as people you know? Below is the details of this Japanese college program based at PSU. (We will need to place these students by the end of August 4th…!) Joel is already hosting one of my Chinese students from Beijing…!
PSU, International Special Programs Office and ANDEO International Homestays (non-profit homestay organization) are welcoming 45 Japanese college students from August 11 – September 6th (4 weeks). Students will attend morning ESL classes and afternoon excursions based at PSU, Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm daily. During their PSU program, they will live with host families to learn about American culture, life style and learn about you!
ANDEO provides students with Trimet tickets, and teach them how to ride the bus/MAX from home to PSU - so families do not need to drive their students to PSU everyday. A bilingual staff from ANDEO will be on call for 24/7 for any emergencies. Hosting a student is not as difficult as you think! PSU will keep the students busy during the day, so your student is looking forward to spend relaxing weekday evenings and fun weekends with your family. Hosting stipend for hosting a Japanese student for 4 week is $480 in total. We ask families to provide 3 meals a day (self-serve breakfast and lunch, dinner with family), a comfortable room, and invitations to your daily family activities.
Attached is the program calendar for this group. If you are open to hosting a Japanese student, please apply online right away!:
Attachment: 2011 America Plus Calendar – Tentative
If you have any questions about this program or other hosting opportunities, please feel free to call Kellie at 503-274-1776 or email her at email@example.com.