Japanese students attend a going-away event at Nanaimo Alliance Church this past summer after a homestay. (NICHOLAS PESCOD/News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo host families sought for incoming Japanese students

One hundred Japanese students coming to Nanaimo next month

Host families are needed for another group of Japanese high-school students who will be coming to Nanaimo next month.

One hundred students from the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan will be in the Harbour City from Dec. 1-4. During their stay, the Japanese students will participate in a Christmas party hosted by John Barsby Secondary School as well as attend classes at the school on their final day.

Christine Balatti, MLS Homestay coordinator for Nanaimo, said host families are needed ASAP for the incoming students, who are between the ages of 16-17.

Balatti, who has been a host parent in the past, said this Japanese homestay program has been going on in Nanaimo for 32 years now. She said for those families who have never hosted foreign students before, the experience is incredibly fulfilling.

“It’s a cross-cultural experience,” she said. “It’s introducing people from another culture to your family.”

Although the students are only in Nanaimo for a few days, Balatti said the connection can last a lifetime.

“They may only stay with you for one weekend but they will stay in touch with you and because of Facebook, they’re messaging all the time,” she said. “They will be in the middle of studying and they will send you all these messages. A lot of them are hoping to come back to study in university.”

Host families are expected to show the students around the area and expose them to Canadian activities, as the students are looking to experience Canadian life and culture. Host families will receive financial compensation. Interested families should contact MLI Homestay at 250-619-6605 before Nov. 17.



nicholas.pescod@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nanaimo United play in a pandemic, win Jackson Cup championship

Div. 1 men defeat Lakehill 2-1 to cap off soccer season after a six-month shutdown

Ride-hailing service nearly ready to start up in Nanaimo

Lucky to Go planning to launch Oct. 1

Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley seeks reelection

Routley has served as MLA for the area since 2005.

VIJHL season could start Oct. 1, says league president

League awaiting final approval from local health authorities and viaSport

Nanaimo RCMP shut down illegal racing and stunt driving site at Duke Point

Police “swoop in” to seize vehicles and issue violation tickets

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. could be without a new leader for multiple weeks after Election Day: officials

More than 20K mail-in voting packages were requested within a day of B.C. election being called

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

City reviewing plans for huge Sandstone project in south Nanaimo

Seacliff Properties says it’s been told to be ready for a public hearing this fall

Most Read