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April 2, 2007

For education outside the classroom, host a Japanese student

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana families seeking ways to provide youth with a positive and fun educational experience might consider hosting a Japanese student for part of the summer, said a Purdue University Extension specialist.

"Hosting an exchange student helps prepare young people for success in today's world," said Lee Stanish, Purdue international youth and Extension specialist. "We live in a global world where 21st century technology has made it more likely our youth will interact outside U.S. borders."

The 2007 4-H Japanese Summer Home Stay provides Japanese students from Meiji Gaukuin high school in Tokyo the opportunity to experience American culture. Students ages 16-18 will arrive July 23 and depart Aug. 18.

The application deadline for the Japanese exchange student program is April 15. Families do not need to be involved in 4-H to take part in the program.

Both families and students go through a screening process. Characteristics and hobbies are matched up to provide each party with the best experience possible. Students' fluency in English varies.

Taking in students from another culture helps Indiana youth develop the ability to adapt to new situations and circumstances and to be flexible, Stanish said. Both are viewed as important characteristics by college recruiters and employers, he said.

Stanish went on to explain that engaging young people with other cultures acts as a stepping stone to prepare them for college, as one in four Purdue agriculture students study overseas.

For applications and additional information, contact Stanish at (765) 494-9831,

Writer: Julie Douglas, (765) 496-1050,

Source: Lee Stanish, (765) 494-9831,

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