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from a student’s perspective
Homestay Weekend is an exciting cross-cultural experience for
Japanese university students giving them the opportunity to learn
firsthand the activities and lifestyle of an American family.
The students, always assigned to Host Families in
pairs, participate in typical family weekend activities. This may
include making dinner, shopping, going to a soccer game, visiting
relatives, or celebrating a birthday. Students may also choose to
accompany their host families to religious services.
“Homestay was a wonderful experience for me… I could practice my
English and share our two cultures.” From a student
Families extend warm hospitality and safe weekend experiences for
our female university and junior college students.
their students with a place to sleep, meals, transportation to and
from campus, and an opportunity to participate in as many family
weekend activities as possible. You’ll find that hosting our
students is just like adding more members to your family. Students
follow household rules, and fully participate in all aspects of
Students bring their own spending money for personal
needs, souvenirs, entertainment and other incidentals.
“Hosting the students starts out challenging. What shall
we do? Can we communicate? How can we put them at ease?
Then the weekend becomes a very big blessing! The ladies
are so wonderful. We all cried when we said goodbye. We
Comments from a spring 2011 Host Family
attend a Host Family Orientation at MFWI one or two weeks before the
Homestay Weekend. During the Orientation, Host Families receive
information packets, insights, and advice related to our MFWI
students. Host Families are also introduced to their students,
giving them the opportunity to become acquainted before the actual
Homestay Weekend. This is the time families plan their weekend
activities and let the students know what type of clothing to bring,
and how much spending money they may need.
Students tell us that this opportunity to meet their
Host Family alleviates some of their anxieties about what may be
their first American Homestay experience. We encourage our students
to share their expectations for the weekend at the Orientation, so
activities can be planned accordingly.
“You do a good job in preparing (both host families and
students)… The orientation is great… I especially
enjoyed seeing where and how they live while here…”
from a Host Family
Families pick up
their students on either Friday after classes (before 7:00 p.m.) or
Saturday morning by 10:00 a.m. and return the students the same
weekend on Sunday evening.
This one weekend Homestay experience provides an
excellent opportunity for families to participate in this program
while making a minimal commitment.
opportunities to see your students again during a session—if the
Host Family so desires. In the past, Host Families have invited
students back for additional family meals or taken them to community
events or shopping. Some have included them in their family holiday
traditions, such as Thanksgiving.
However, we realize that Spokane families lead busy
lives—do only as much as you are comfortable doing. Your gift of one
weekend is precious to us and to the students!
Should you want to schedule more time with your
assigned students, you may contact them directly. Or, call the
Office of Student Life. We will gladly assist you in arranging times
convenient for you and the students.
host family was very kind, so I had a great weekend. I learned a lot
by this experience. I want to meet my host family again.”
From a student
Wright Institute, established in 1990, is a branch campus of
Mukogawa Women’s University (MWU) in Japan. MWU has graduated over
100,000 students with a variety of majors. The school encompasses
Junior and Senior High Schools, as well as Junior College,
University, and Graduate programs.
The total immersion program at MFWI is an essential
part of the comprehensive English curriculum for English majors at
MWU. Approximately 200 students spend 14 weeks in the Fall or Spring
semester. A four-week Summer Session welcomes Mukogawa students
of all majors.
MFWI has two Homestay Weekend dates available for
each fall and spring session, as well as one Homestay Weekend during
the August Summer Session.
I know if I'm qualified to host?
If you can provide a room, meals and a warm, caring
environment for our students for one weekend, along with lots of
conversation, you have what it takes to be a Host Family. Students
do not have to have their own rooms, but they must have their own
can share a full or queen size bed). Host parents must be at least
twenty-five years of age, and you will need to submit a host family
application and background check form.
Our host families come in all shapes and sizes — from
single parent households, to families with small children or
teenagers, to retired couples and individuals. We have bilingual
staff on call 24 hours-a-day if you ever have concerns while the
students are in your home.
MFWI provides you will lots of support material to
make your first homestay a huge success!
When you see how quickly your students become part of
your family, you’ll understand why the hardest part about hosting is
saying goodbye at the end of the session.
FASCINATING! Host Families learn so much about Japan
and its culture from their MFWI students. Traditional arts and
crafts, songs, children’s games, and cooking as well as a glimpse of
everyday Japanese family life are just a few of the things our
students offer a Host Family.
Host Families report that they also learn more about our own
American culture and language as a result of answering the students'
REWARDING! MFWI students love and greatly appreciate the
opportunity to spend time with an American Host Family. Homestay
Weekend is considered one of their greatest, most treasured memories
Families and students often become friends for life!
Experiencing life with members of another culture gives new
perspective to many ordinary situations. You will always remember
the glint in a student’s eye as she rolls out the pastry for her
first apple pie or bikes with your family along the Centennial
Trail. You will enjoy meeting her family through her photo album
while sharing your own family photos. Your children will treasure
the origami box or bird folded by the students, or giggle
remembering their (or your!) first attempt with chopsticks.
Families and students alike all remember the farewell hugs!
"I really enjoyed a wonderful weekend. I think that I'll
never have an opportunity like this again, so I would
like to thank all of you." -Fall 2008
How do I get involved?
If you would like to become part of our Host Family
program and share your family with our students, please contact us
at the information below. We will be happy to answer any questions
you might have and send you the application forms.
Mukogawa Ft. Wright Institute
| 4000 West
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