Dargaville High School will be hosting two groups of Japanese students next term and is on the lookout for several host families to help house them during their stay.
Japanese language teacher Corine Leach said this would be the seventh time students from the small island of Yakushima would be visiting.
“It’s a sister city relationship but really it’s actually a ‘brother-tree’ relationship, linking Tane Mahuta with their massive Jomon Sugi cedar tree.”
Corine is looking for volunteer host families who ideally have children at home in their teens and are willing to look after the students and show them some Kiwi hospitably.
“The best thing for our language students at Dargaville High School is that they get to interact in an authentic manner. For our other students, it’s the experience of having people from a different country sharing cultures and finding out they are just like any other teenagers,” says Corine.
“Our students are planning a trip to Japan in 2018 so this is really good creating enthusiasm for that and creating some links to visit.”
Two separate groups of students will be visiting this year — the first will be here for three weeks from July 26 to August 16 and the second group will be visiting for two weeks from July 29 to August 12.
Families interested in hosting can contact Corine on 021 189 9247 or at the high school on 09 439 7229