Greenheart Exchange
Seeking Hosts for Japanese Exchange students this summer
Company: Greenheart Exchange
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Location: Your Home Olympia, WA 98501
Project Details

Greenheart Exchange, a non-profit student exchange organization, is seeking volunteers in the Olympia, WA area to host Japanese exchange students 2 - 3 weeks starting July 25th. The students are between the ages of 14 and 15. During the program the students have English classes and activities most weekdays, so the program is suitable for busy, working families. (Family members may also join on activities, if they wish.). We can also pair one host with another to split the placement if there is a vacation or conflict that makes either party unable to host the full time.

The following students are in need of host families:

  • Kazuha (14) - Kazuha is a big family person. He is best friends with both of his brothers and they have two dogs. His hobbies include playing the tuba in Brass Club and playing Anime. In his spare time he likes to play table tennis, karate, and listening to music.
  • Kirin (14) - Kirin is active and adventurous She has played volleyball for the past 5 years, and loves studying English. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, cooking, and listening to music. She is looking forward to improving her English and getting to know her new host family.
  • Kiyoshirou (16) - He is an athletic person who is interested in many sports. He loves playing basketball. In his spare time, he enjoys watching baseball, listening to music and going to theme parks. He is excited to improve his English and to have a chance to live with an American host family.
  • Marika (15) - Marika loves listening to music and is a huge book lover. She also enjoys cooking!
  • Moeka (14) - Moeka loves to play table tennis and exercise. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, swimming, and reading. She is a big family person and enjoys spending time with her 4 brothers and sisters.
  • Shizuku (15) - She loves to be out in nature! She enjoys taking walks, exercising, and playing sports. Shizuku is also learning calligraphy on the weekends.
  • Shuri (14) - Shuri enjoys photography - she is from Okinawa and loves to take pictures of the beautiful landscape there. She also plays tennis in her free time and is into music. Her favorite band is BTS.

Hosting can help you make an international friend and explore your own community through new eyes.

Hosts provide a bed (students may share a room with similarly aged host sibling), meals, and a warm and safe environment. Students come with spending money and insurance, and hosts are provided with a $50 weekly stipend to help offset expenses. A local American coordinator and Japanese leader are available to provide support to students and hosts 24-7. We welcome couples with and without children, single parents, and empty nesters.

If you are interested in hosting please complete our group host application to start the process:

(Please choose Hannah Klein as the Local Coordinator.)

You may also contact Hannah Klein for more information.

Phone: (360) 339-3546


Established in 1985, Greenheart Exchange is a nonprofit international educational exchange organization. Our mission is to promote cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness and world peace. Greenheart Exchange is designated by the United States Department of State as a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program sponsor and is currently granted full listing by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). All of our students are encouraged to give back to their host community by volunteering.

General requirements
  • Background Check
Children & Youth
Skills Area
Literacy / Reading
English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
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