The program is
open to members of Rotary families, Interactors and Rotaractors ages
15-21 years. A district 5280 club must sponsor each exchange student.
The club presidentís signature is required on all applications.
Residency within the district is not required but for hosting purposes
it is a good idea.
The trip will start on Monday, June 28
and will last until the end of July. The students will fly to Osaka,
which is in southern Japan and tour Kyoto (the former capital),
Hiroshima and Nara for 4 days on their way to the host district, 2550
(Tochigi), which is about 50 miles northwest of Tokyo. A chaperone will
accompany the students for the first week. The students will stay 5-6
days each with 4 families. The host district will schedule activities
almost every day except Sunday and a couple of Saturdays. There will be
10-12 Rotary meetings followed by activities. The activities may range
from visiting a Japanese school to making ceramics in Mashiko (a town
known for 2 potters who were designated as Japanese National Treasures).
There would be trips to an auto racetrack, amusement parks, national
parks and temples. The students will see a tea ceremony and learn the
basics of meditation.
The trip will end on July 31 with the
Japanese students coming to 5280 on the same flight with ours. They will
stay 4 weeks. Our students must agree to host two of these students for
two weeks and also host summer 2005 students for one week. This
obligation can be carried out by any member of the student's family or
by any Rotarian in the sponsor club. The host family must provide
transportation for the visiting Japanese student to the various events
during their stay. The Rotary clubs will arrange transportation back to
the host family.
The trip costs about $3000, half of
which should be covered by the sponsor club. We will advise the students
about spending money during our orientations. We will have 3 orientation
meetings to familiarize the students with Japanese customs and language.
Please call Richard Kawasaki at
310-377-3468 (Home) or 310-940-1085 (cell) or for additional
information. Applications are available on the District web page and are
due March 15, 2004.