ONE OF THE FAMILY MEMBER
When you participate
in homestay program, you will not be treated as a guest. You
will eat meals as one of the family, play with the children
- even help with the housework.
A wide range of age groups participate in the homestay program;
families with babies, youths, university students, company
workers as well as seniors.
Let your family know what you would
like to do or gain through your homestay. Work out your schedule
together. Of course, if you don't have anything special in
mind, that is Okay too. Generally we feel a homestay is quite
different from sight-seeing trip or stay in a hotel. Please
try to communicate with your host family and remember to be
flexible. (You will received your host family profile prior
two to three week before your departure date, so you will
have ample of time to think on what to buy for them and prepare
what you what to do over there.)
THE BEGINNING OF THE PROGRAM
- Your host family
information will be sent to your address or via email
between 2 to 3 weeks before your departure date. If you
are going to travel in oversea or locally during this
period, please inform TITAN PLANET in advance where to
send your host family information.
- The host families
are eagerly waiting for your arrival. We recommend that
you write or email to them as soon as you receive their
- We also recommend
that you bring some token of appreciation for your host
family. They would be delighted to receive something from
Appropriate medicines if you tend to get car sick, etc.
FOLLOWING IS A SUGGESTION FOR YOU ON WHAT TO DO AND PREPARE
BEFORE YOUR HOMESTAY:
THE HOST FAMILIES:
Prepare one or two local or your native language song
to sing for them
Bring and show an album with pictures of your home, family
and country (postcard)
specialty from your home country- It's a great way to
warm your host family heart
a games you often play at your home or country
your host family to your country national costume
can buy them handicraft made in your home country
it easy and enjoy everyday life
2. Families with young children;
3. Families with grandparent;
4. Married couples who has spare room.
(all of the families are warm and friendly)
provides 3 main activities, some are compulsory, and others
are optional. Please join as many optional activities as you
is not cheap accommodation. Please try to communicate with your
host family and help their daily routine. This will enable you
to be easily accepted as a family member and to adapt yourself
to a new life style sooner.
Make sure of your host family's rules and schedule as soon as
possible and try to adapt yourself to them. Whose host families
are company employees, public servants, etc., can always help
their household work such as doing the dishes, cleaning, weeding
the garden, etc. Please ask your host family what you can do
to help. If your host family is engaged in farming, fishing
or manufacturing, you can work side-by-side with them. If necessary,
please bring suitable working clothes and shoes.
You will have exchange opportunities unique
to his or her host town. These activities are designed not only
for you and your host families, but also for other people in
the region in order to extend the sphere of exchange. There
are a variety of chances; participation in sports festivals,
summer festivals, and discussions with local people concerning
cultural, historical, and economic topics.
SCHOOL VISITS (Optional)
visits to elementary, junior high, or high school is an opportunity
to speak with students about a wide range of subjects. The young
students are eager to learn about other countries and the world
in general. Many schools have tried various kinds of activities
to help students have deeper understanding and more holistic
perspective of the world. Therefore please join school visits
and convey your own ideas and opinions to these young minds.
They will appreciate your cooperation. Prior
arrangement with host family pertaining to school visit is recommended.
Tell your host parent that you would like to visit your host
brother/sister’s school in advance.
WIDENING THE CIRCLE OF PEOPLE
AND LANGUAGES THROUGH THE HOMESTAY PROGRAM
a language, you need to meet people who speak that language.
To meet those needs, the homestay program allows people to spend
time in the homes of families all over the world. The meeting
between people of different countries and languages produces
an experience which truly transnational and unlike that of any
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING POINTS BEFORE YOU VISIT
many styles of exchange. Please be sure to prepare materials
from your country before visiting. Visual aids are particularly
effective, such as maps, books, native clothing, photos, videos,
Explaining your country's fairly tales, nursery rhymes, children's
songs, or games will be a successful activity.
We encourage you to consult teachers in your schools or institutions
about your plan before departure.
This program is not for sightseeing
must stay in your assigned town for the duration of the program.
Please refrain from willful or selfish behavior such as taking
trips on your own, asking your host family to take you places,
etc. When you go out, you should let your host family know
in advance. Participants who fail to understand the purpose
of this program will be expelled. In such a case, the participants
will not receive a refund for any fees paid to TITAN PLANET
and will be responsible for any additional costs incurred
for lodging and transportation.
PLANET and the International organisation does not offer financial
assistance to your host family. Please do your best not to
be a financial burden on them.
Do not compare your host family with other host families
understand every host family is different. Please try to make
efforts to adapt yourself to your host family's rules and
schedule. Your effort will enable you to be accepted as a
member of the family and have enjoyable days with them.
Driving a car or motorbike is prohibited
It is prohibited to
travel from your town to city by car or motorbike to participate
in this program. Also DO NOT drive a car or motorbike during
the program even if you have a International driver's license.
TITAN PLANET and the International Organisation will bear
no responsibility if you have an accident.
About telephone calls
When you use Local Phone
call and Internet, you should ask permission first, and pay
your host families for all expenses. Please try to make it
schedule may change due to host families availability, flight
and other cases concern your departure.
- If you get sick,
get hurt, or involved in an accident during the program;
please contact either the person in charge like: host family
or TITAN PLANET leader who follow the program or else local