Kiki Macdonald, whose family has hosted Japanese students for the past four years, meets her homestay student, Saki, during a welcome bonfire last year. Compass USA is seeking San Juan Capistrano families who can host the students this summer. Courtesy photo
Kiki Macdonald, whose family has hosted Japanese students for the past four years, meets her homestay student, Saki, during a welcome bonfire last year. Compass USA is seeking San Juan Capistrano families who can host the students this summer. Courtesy photo

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Host families in San Juan Capistrano are needed for a homestay educational program that will welcome 18 Japanese students this summer.

Through Compass USA, students from the Aikoku School of Tokyo, an all-girls private school, have been visiting Southern California for over 30 years and San Juan Capistrano since 2010. This summer, the students are expected to live, study and practice their English-speaking skills from July 22 to August.

In homestay programs, students are treated as members of their host family, from doing chores to leisure time when free from their class work and trips.

This year, South Shores Church in Dana Point will serve as the students’ academic center. The students will also have the chance to visit many local attractions, including the Mission, the Dana Point Harbor and Caspers Wilderness Park. Families are also welcome to join in on the outings. There will also be a farewell party, organized by the students, to thank their host families.

Stipends are offered to offset the cost of providing a bed, meals and rides to the academic center. Interested families should contact Patricia Drewes at patriciacompass@gmail.com or call 949.412.4112.

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