Thankfully, several people have stepped up and helped us satisfy our need for hosts. Currently, every student has a place to stay with a generous host family. However, despite the generosity of these hosts, these conditions are less than ideal in as much as several families have opted to host multiple students, stretching their comfort and compromising the experience of the students who will be staying with them. I don’t say this to diminish their gracious accommodation, but only to encourage those who are willing to host, but have not yet committed, to join us and lighten the load of those who have taken on more than they should have to.
As you may be able to tell, I’m trying to word this very carefully. Hosting students from Hanno is much more of a reward than a burden, and I don’t want participating as a host family to sound like a hardship. True, hosting has all the responsibilities of having a house guest, but this house guest gives back more than you can imagine. Many families who have hosted in the past are excited and eager to host again. With that in mind, I encourage you to host if you are available. It is a fantastic experience that you won’t regret.
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With so many opportunities to travel to Japan, our delegation sizes tend to ebb and flow, and our delegations are usually smaller than the 18 students that we receive from Hanno each Winter. By sending fewer students than we are hosting, there is a need for additional host families most years. If you are interested in our program, becoming a host family is a wonderful introduction. Please consider taking in a Hanno student for their short stay over Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend. The only requirement to apply is that you have a student at Brea-Olinda High School.
This year’s program dates are January 11th – 17th. Here is a PDF copy of our itinerary for you to consider. There will be a mandatory meeting for all host families on the 10th. More information will be provided once you have submitted your application. Thank you for your consideration!
The hosting application should be completed by the hosting student (a student who attends Brea-Olinda High School who intends to spend the most time with the visiting Hanno student). Students will be matched according to gender, so if you have a boy and a girl who would both like to host, please submit two applications.
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Thank you for your interest in joining the Brea Student Delegation to Hanno, Japan!
Start by downloading these:
- Important Dates – See important dates pertaining to the 2018 Student Exchange Trip. Includes deadlines and trip dates.
- Detailed Information – The complete explanation of the exchange including dates, expectations, and cost.
- Educator Evaluation Form – Applicants are required to have this form completed by a former or current teacher as a character reference. Please print it out, give it to your teacher, and bring it to your interview.
This online application is intended for collecting information needed in the application process. For more information regarding the trip and the application, please View/Download the PDF version of the application packet.
The application process will be complete upon the interview in early November. At that time all applicants must bring their completed, signed and sealed Educator Evaluation form and their Letter of Recommendation.
Please be sure to read the application packet carefully, as there are many dates, deadlines, and various pieces of information explained in detail.
If you have any questions or concerns about the online application, the application packet, or the if you are having trouble viewing, completing, submitting or downloading any part of the application please contact John-Michael Patino immediately.
John-Michael Patino is the Vice President of the Brea Sister City Association in Relation to Hanno Japan and can be reached by phone/text at 714-342-6422 or by email at [email protected].