Host families needed for Japanese students |

Host families needed for Japanese students

Three Japanese students are still waiting for the green light to come to Nevada City or Grass Valley on a cultural exchange program next week, but only if host families step forward to take them in.

“There’s no reason why they wouldn’t have a successful stay,” said Susan Staub, coordinator for Cultural Homestay International, the San Anselmo-based nonprofit organizing the exchange. The girls are “great students,” according to Staub.

A group of 26 students from Kawasima, in southern Japan, will arrive on July 25 and stay through Aug. 21.

Hosting a Japanese student is “simple and fun,” according to Grass Valley Taiko leader Mitzi Garnett, who has worked with visiting students in the past.

“They pal around with you in the evenings and go to class during the day,” Garnett said.

The students come with their own spending money and health insurance, according to Staub.

The Japanese-American cultural exchange goes both ways. Last month, Cultural Homestay International organized a 10-day tour of Japan for a group of students from Nevada Union High School.

For more information about becoming a host family, call Susan Staub at 913-2394.


To contact Staff Writer Jill Bauerle, e-mail or call 477-4219.

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