What is a host family?

※This is a translation of an article previously written in Japanese by Hospa into English by Hosma using a translation application. So it may be a bit difficult to read English. Please read while praying for the growth of G○○gle. Then please!
(※これは以前にHospaが日本語で書いた記事をHosmaが翻訳アプリを使って英語に翻訳したものです。 なのでちょっと読みにくい英語かもしれません。グ○○ルの更なる成長を祈りつつ読んで下さい。それではどうぞ!)

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Please be aware that my experience story base and my definition of “host family” are the last thing to do. A host family is a real life in Japan where Japanese families who come to Japan from abroad with an interest in Japan, provide living room and living equipment under the same roof and provide living room. To provide an experience.

Feeling of homestayers

Homestay international students are guests because they are visitors from the outside, but if they are recognized as “guests”, they will be tired every day with their shoulders and elbows. . Living in Japan without being too apt is a good opportunity for homestay children to see Real Japan.

House rules

The home rules will be properly communicated to homestayers. And we ask homestayers to keep it basically. For example, “When you go out, turn off the lights and air conditioner.” “If you want to hang laundry, do not hang it indoors and hang it on the roof balcony.” “When you go out, firmly lock your windows and doors at home. Please. “

Homestay acceptance fees

Homestay is free or paid. Whether you are using a homestay matching service, from a private lodging site such as Air BNB, accepting from a Japanese language school that offers homestay services to students, or recruiting volunteers from universities and local organizations There is also a difference depending on whether homestays are recruited from media.

How much is it?

Costs for paid services vary by institution. Please think that it is enough to cover utility expenses, food expenses, and event expenses. Since we are a “host family” that accepts homestay guests, we do not accept private nights, but if we only consider the cost and do business-like, we feel that private stays are overwhelmingly expensive. (2 to 2.5 times different.)

What kind of homestay person is?

For those who wish to stay in Japan for a homestay, we have accepted from the age of 12 to the age of 44 and the age of 44 from the top. The 12-year-olds and others were students who took a long vacation at school in their country. The 44-year-old and others are self-employed systems engineers and came to work on vacation. I heard that retired elderly couples rarely want a homestay for cross-cultural exchange.

Is a man coming? Is a woman coming?

The gender of homestay international students is either female or male, but at home more than 90% accept males. Some people say that it is not good for men and women to be together, so once they have accepted male long-term stayers, they have become host families who have accepted male mainstays.

About the length of stay

I think if you want to stay from a private lodging system, it will be a stay of about several days. If you are introduced by a Japanese language school, your stay may be as short as one week, and as long as one year. This is a case-by-case basis, as it depends on the homestay’s wish to stay in Japan. There are about 4 to 8 weeks for recruitment of university season volunteers.

About meals

There seems to be a lot of stance that we offer only a stay place in a private stay. The host family basically eats breakfast and dinner on weekdays with homestayers. In the case of weekends, we will prepare three meals in the morning, noon and evening. We don’t cook special meals for international students, we eat what we usually eat together. Explaining that “Sushi, tempura and soba are not the only Japanese foods, this is really what Japanese families generally eat,” said homestayers who like to eat are quite happy Will give me

About activities

On holidays, we sometimes go to places that overseas people may like. In our home, we have children, so we regularly organize events that our children, us, and homestay students can enjoy together. (Example: BBQ, picnic in amusement park, park, music festival, festival, sea, sports, museum system, Japanese culture experience event, exchange event)

About human relationships

Not everyone is everyone, but I often talk to those who have a good sense. Living together can reduce the distance between human relationships than a poor Japanese acquaintance. Even after the homestay person has returned home after the stay period, he or she has sent a Christmas card or received a special product from his home country on his birthday. In addition, there are many cases where friendship continues after returning to Japan, such as gifts of sake and gift cards.

So, is host family really fun?

Determined and fun!! As a host family, I welcome homestay children to share Japanese culture, and I am interested in intercultural exchange in which they are taught their culture. I recognize that my past history and my life that I have lived with interest and interest are directly linked to the life work that can be useful for people, so I want to continue doing it for my whole life! It’s fun to think about. If you are interested in host families right now, I highly recommend them if you have the chance! Why not take a step forward?

Hospa

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