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Host families needed!

Are you interested in making a new international friend? Would you like to host a Japanese student for one weekend?

Host families are needed the weekend of August 8 - 10, 2014.

The students are from Rikkyo University in Tokyo, and will be at UMSL studying Business English. During the day, they will be in class, studying how to make a business plan. By the end of the program, they will have developed this plan into a presentation that we will record and post online. In general, the students speak English well. Some of them have spent a lot of time overseas, including some who were exchange students in high schools in the US.

All of the students are finishing their first semester of university at Rikkyo. During their summer break, the students are placed into one of five groups to study overseas. UMSL was chosen as one of the five schools where students can go and we are consistently ranked the top program. Part of that is due to the host family experience that they get through the program.

About the program:

Rikkyo Business English Program

August 1 - 23, 2014 - host family weekend is August 8 - 10, 2014

The responsibilities for the host families would be the meet and greet their student(s) on Thursday, August 7 at a host family dinner on the UMSL campus. The host family stay is from Friday after work to Sunday evening - two nights (Friday and Saturday), Aug 8 and 9. It is really only one full day for the host family. You will need to provide meals on Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday. 

Pick up from Oak Hall dormitory - 5:30 - 6:30 pm - Friday, August 8. Take the students to Drury Inn at the Arch after dinner on Sunday, August 10.

Host family dinner:

The dinner will be on Thursday, Aug 7. Typically, we have a dinner/mixer that lasts for about two hours. We have some games and some time for the host family to meet their student(s) and say hi. It is on campus in the Millennium Student Center. At the dinner, the program coordinator will go over some basic information with each host family and the host families will have a chance to ask questions, if they have any. The dinner typicall runs from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Parking passes will be provided for those who need them. After the dinner, you will take the student back to the dorm so you will know where to pick them up on Friday.

Schedule for Rikkyo:

Friday - August 1 -  arrival
Saturday - August 2 - Outlet Mall shopping
Sunday - August 3 - Arch and Spaghetti Factory lunch 10 am - 1  pm
Monday - August 4 - Orientation and first classes
Thursday - August 7 - Host family dinner and activities - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - August 8 - 10 - Host family weekend
Saturday - August 16 - Cardinals Baseball
Friday - August 22 - St Louis Zoo and City Museum
Saturday - August 24 - departure

If you are interested in hosting, please contact program coordinator Jerol Enoch: 

Jerol Enoch
Coordinator, International Training Programs University of Missouri - St Louis
366 SSB
1 University Blvd
St Louis, MO 63121