Since 1974, the Spokane-Nishinomiya Sister City Society has sponsored a large number of Spokane high school students for a 6-week summer homestay exchange program in Nishinomiya, The selected students, usually three per year, live with a Japanese host family in Nishinomiya leaving Spokane in June. In exchange, the families of the selected students from Spokane host one Japanese student from the same family in Japan for six weeks the following October and November. The Spokane-Nishinomiya Sister City Society pays 75% of the airfare for each selected Spokane student. The student’s family is required to pay the remaining 25%. Host families in Japan are volunteers, thus there is no cost for basic room and board for the selected students. However, students are required to have pocket money and may need to pay for incidentals such as entertainment outside the home or the Nishinomiya bus or train system to get to school, etc. While in Japan, American students experience first hand Japanese family and school life as well as visiting several famous sites in the area such as Kyoto, Nara, Osaka Castle, Himeji Castle, etc.
Check out the the blogs of the exchange students below.