Gresham/Sano Super Science Japanese Exchange

Upcoming Hosting and Summer Abroad Opportunities for GHS Students!

We invite you to participate in our upcoming exchanges between Sano "Super Science" High School and Gresham High School! Whether you travel abroad during the summer with Hieggelke-Sensei, host a Sano student for a week next fall, or both, you will be sure to develop new friendships, memories, and a deeper understanding of Japanese culture! 

Sano Students to Gresham!

Hosting Dates: September 23-30, 2018
Price: Free!

A group of Japanese students from a "Super Science" high school will visit Gresham High School (GHS) this fall, and we are looking for some great Gresham families to welcome them. This will be the twelth year of the exchange between Sano and Gresham HS. Some of their fields of research have included forest resources, geoscience, genetic analysis, and PIC microcomputers. They also study English, and they are eager to practice English with their hosts and new friends! 

Each morning, the Japanese teens will attend classes at GHS and work together with GHS students on a science project. In the afternoons, the group will have science-based field trips. At the end of their stay, students will give presentations about what they learned during their stay.

If you are interested in participating as a host, please fill out our online host family application

Gresham Students to Japan!

Summer Abroad Dates: June 20 to July 2, 2017 - The next trip will probably be similar dates in 2020
2017 Price: $3250

Start your stay with a fabulous 3-day visit to Tokyo led by Sensei Hieggelke. After taking in the sights, head to Sano to experience the everyday life and fascinating culture of Japan!  Spend your days speaking Japanese while you share in the daily life of a welcoming host family and attend a Japanese high school with your host brother or sister.  Enjoy evenings and weekends with your host family.

Price includes airfare and transportation, a homestay and meals, activities and excursions, 3-day tour of Tokyo, chaperone costs, orientation materials and support, and comprehensive medical and accident insurance.  This price is an estimate based on a group size of 10 students. The cost may increase or decrease slightly depending on the size of the group. 

If you are interested in joining the group, please fill out our initial program application.

Download a PDF with more information about dates, prices, and FAQs about visiting Japan in 2017

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Honorary Homecoming Guests

Sano-Gresham Student Exchange

From the Students' Letters:

"In America I want to see how American people live their lives. I want to try American foods. I also want to make American friends!" ~Koki, 16~

"My personality is cheerful every day. My hobby is listen to music and reading the book and going to the movie. I want to talk a lot with my host family." ~Natsumi, 16~

"In America, I want to learn about American culture and I want to explain Japanese culture. Even though I am not good of speaking English, I will do my best." ~Takafumi, 17~

"My personality is bright and energetic. I love painting and my favorite sport are basketball and volleyball. I want to have a good time with my host family. And I want to make a lot of fun memories!" ~Minae, 16~

Experience American high school from a new perspective by bringing a new friend into the school community for a few weeks. For the past ten years, ANDEO has been connecting school groups from France, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Japan with American families and schools. The international teens follow a host sibling's schedule at school, assist in language classes as requested, and spend weekends bonding with their American hosts.

ANDEO works closely with world language teachers and school administrators to obtain permission for the visit and coordinate the program. The experience is a big hit with students, families, and teachers, because it can really spark kids' interest in foreign languages and inspire them to develop curiosity and openness toward other cultures – important skills for future global citizens!

Student Blog Posts

Sophia and her Spanish student compare and contrast Cleveland High School to High School Musical

Hannah Interviews her French exchange student about French stereotypes of Americans

Frequently Asked Questions about School Visit Programs

What is expected of host families?
We ask that families provide three meals per day and a separate bed. With our teen programs, students can share a room with another student or a host sibling as long as they are of the same gender and close in age. The students have chosen a homestay program because they really want to practice their English and learn about American culture; therefore the most important role of our host families is to include them in day-to-day activities and conversations and make them feel like part of the family!

We don't have a separate bed--can the student sleep on an air mattress?
This is a common question! The students need to sleep in real beds. A good solution is for a host sibling to sleep on the air mattress and give the student his or her bed.

Our family doesn't fit the "mom and dad and two kids" model, can we still host?
Of course! Our host families come in all shapes and sizes. The only requirement for this program is that you have a teen at home who will be the international student's main companion at school.

What is expected of students?
The students are expected to make every effort to adapt to your family's schedule and way of life and use their English language skills! All students are recommended by their English teachers and screened by our partner organizations in their home countries. Our partners abroad provide comprehensive orientations before the programs begin.  Students and their parents also sign an agreement that spells out the program rules.

Do the students speak English?
Yes, and they really want to practice and improve their English! The students’ skill levels vary depending on their age, nationality, and prior experience with the language, but all students on our school visitor programs must pass a language requirement to participate in the experience. In any case, we have plenty of suggestions on how to make communication work across the language barrier. Smiles, funny drawings, gestures, and simple English phrases go a long way!

Do we need to speak our student's language?
No. In fact, if you happen to speak your student's language, we prefer that you don't use it. One of the main goals of all our students is to improve their English. The sooner they get used to working through the challenges of language immersion, the more progress they will make.It might seem helpful to offer to speak in your student's native language, but you can actually help more by speaking slowly, writing down difficult words, or trying to phrase things differently. It's fun to watch students get more comfortable with their English language skills each day!

Do we have to do anything to get the visit approved by the school?
Not usually. We work closely with each school's administrators to obtain approval for the students' visits. Throughout the program, we support teachers, administrators, students, and host families to make the most of this learning opportunity.

Can our visitor join extracurricular activities?
Great idea! Most visitors would love to practice with your teen’s sports team, club, or music ensemble, as long as it is ok with the coach or teacher! Bringing an international student into the mix often adds to the fun! Be sure to let us know if you want us to match you with a student who shares an enthusiasm for a particular sport or hobby.

What will the international visitors do at school? What about after school?
Your teen visitor will shadow a host sibling at school, assist the language teacher as requested, and offer an international perspective during discussions. If host siblings are busy after school, the teens are prepared to do things like work on a school project, help prepare dinner, or play with younger siblings.

What kind of support does ANDEO offer?
Before the arrival of your student, we will provide an in-home orientation that covers everything from cultural differences to suggestions for helping your student adapt to your way of life. Throughout the program, our hosting coordinators will be available to answer any questions you may have and to solve any issues that may arise. We are on-call 24-hours, in case of emergency. We want students and families to have a successful and rewarding homestay experience, and we do everything possible to help facilitate this goal.

What if our student becomes sick or injured?
All students are covered by medical and accident insurance. Coverage is comprehensive, except for eye and dental care (unless required as the result of an accident). The application form for minors includes a medical release formed signed by their parents/guardians. In case of illness or accident, we ask you to treat your student like your own child and act accordingly. If there is a serious problem, families should contact us as soon as possible so we can keep the student’s parents informed.