Some 180 students from the disaster-hit Tohoku region will take part in a homestay program in the U.S> over the next three years as part of the Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund.
The fund is an initiative that delivers educational support to areas affected by the disaster in the form of a United States homestay program for high school students in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. Recruitment is now underway for the program, which will be administered in conjunction with the United States government and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Coca-Cola Japan said.
The fund has contributed 1.5 billion yen to the rebuilding of public elementary and junior high schools, with the funds being extracted from the 2.5 billion yen collected, in order to provide assistance for costs relating to the installation of storage batteries and solar power generation systems equipped with disaster-relief functions.
The homestay program is expected to run over three years from 2012 to 2014, providing places for 180 participants (60 in each year). The timing will be over the school summer holiday period. In 2012, it will run for 19 days from July 22 to Aug 9.
High school students participating in the program will be divided up among four locations including Burlington in the state of Vermont. They will stay at ordinary households in the respective locations. During the period of the program, students will receive lessons in English from native instructors in the mornings on weekdays. The program also involves study of the English language as well as American culture and society, including a study tour to the capital, Washington DC (incorporating visits to the White House and United States Congress), visits to universities in the local area where students are staying, and participation in volunteer activities.© Japan Today