MHCC Seeks Host Families for Japanese Students
Posted: Dec. 13, 2011
Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is seeking 15 families to host visiting Japanese students for three weeks in their homes. An orientation will be held in the evening, Jan. 27, on the MHCC Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St.
The Japanese students, age 18 to 24, come from Ryukoku University to MHCC in order to participate in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classes. The classes are held at MHCC each weekday morning, Feb. 18 – March 11. In addition, students enhance their knowledge of American culture by taking three field trips to the surrounding area.
In order to give students the best possible experience, the College asks host families to provide breakfast and dinner, and ensure that students have transportation to and from MHCC. Host families must speak English while the student is present. An individual bedroom is preferred and a shared bathroom is acceptable. Host families will receive a stipend to help defray additional household expenses.
“It’s a wonderful experience,” says Elizabeth Gomez, MHCC Foundation accountant. She and her husband, Greg Gomez, MHCC communications dispatcher, have welcomed two Japanese students into their home. “It’s a great way to get to know another culture without having to pack a bag. We remain in touch with our students and consider them a part of our family.”
Families who are interested in hosting a student should contact Yoko Sato, MHCC part-time Japanese instructor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.