The families participating must have a child living in their home between the ages of 8-14. The Japanese students have just finished 6th grade and homes must be able to accommodate two students. (This helps the children feel comfortable and one usually is stronger in English than the other)

What Can A Host Family Expect?

Host families pick up students on Saturday morning and keep them until Tuesday morning. 

(You will be asked to go about your normal lifestyle during the visit. Students are learning about American family life and enjoy being a part of your regular routine. Some host families opt to take students to Seattle, out to dinner, or shopping at Costco, as these are new experience to the kids. Barbecues, family meals around the table, and making smores are also a hit! 

We will provide you with ideas for activities and some money to offset costs for extra food or travel.

About Meysen

MeySen Academy was founded by a group of American missionaries to Japan. Looking for a way to support themselves and fund their expanding evangelistic efforts in Asia, these families created a unique educational opportunity in their community. They opened a Kindergarten and after school program for children that emphasized the English language. It quickly became one of the most popular after school programs in Sendai. The great part is that the children are taught by missionary families and

are exposed to the love of Christ as they are learning and participating. 

Today they operate on two campuses and have nearly 2,000 students!

At the end of 6th grade, students may join their classmates for a three week graduation trip to the U.S. One of those weeks is spend at Miracle Ranch or Island Lakes Christian Camps, fol- lowed by a few days in an American home. The school purposely uses churches to place these kids so they will have another opportunity to witness the love of Christ. Upon returning to Japan, most students rank these homestay visits the best part of their trip.