Dells family hosting Japanese student
August 12. 2014 1:25PM
A local family is hosting a teenage exchange delegate as part of a 4-H sponsored cultural exchange from July 26 through Aug. 22.
The Liz Woolf family of Dell Rapids has opened their home to a Japanese youth for a month long host family experience.
The program, coordinated with States 4-H International Exchange Programs, bring youth to South Dakota homes, and send 4-Her's to Japan on a yearly basis. LABO, the widespread national cooperating organization in Japan, teaches English and other languages to Japanese youth in small groups that meet weekly after school. During the meetings, or LABO parties, the youth acquire language skills and learn to appreciate cultural differences. Through home-stays with residents of various countries, the youth increase their cultural understanding.
Following a brief orientation upon arrival in Sioux Falls, the 22 Japanese youth (ages 12- 16) and two adult chaperones joined their host families on July 26 for four weeks with their host family. Each will return to Japan with a unique experience to relate. The program has the additional benefit of fostering long-term friendships. Many families and delegates continue to stay in contact with each other long after the home-stay ends. South Dakota 4-Hers have the opportunity to experience a reciprocal visit with their host brother or sister in Japan.
Families in other South Dakota communities include Armour, Brandon, Brookings, Castlewood, Claremont, Doland, Elk Point, Ft. Pierre, Hazel, Kimball, Mitchell, Morristown, Sioux Falls, Stickney, Tea, Twin Brooks and Watertown.
Applications for 2015 outbound exchanges are due in November and host family applications can be obtained throughout the year. If you are interested in hosting or traveling with this or any other 4-H international exchange with Argentina, Finland, Norway or other countries, please contact your county 4-H office or Alan Lambert, State Coordinator, Sioux Falls, SD at 605-366-6107.