Lansing-Area Host Family Needed!

UPDATE: We have found a host family for Kanako! Thank you for all of your help in spreading the word.


Do you live near Michigan State University, and would love to host a Japanese roommate? Then consider hosting the newest member of the JCMU team, Kanako! Read below for more details about this amazing opportunity.

Become the host family for our new Japan Outreach Coordinator!

When: August – December 2017

Where: Within driving commute of Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)

Guest: Ms. Kanako, from Aichi Prefecture, will be working at as a Japan Outreach Coordinator at the JCMU East Lansing office.

Overview: If you enjoy meeting new people, exploring new cultures and introducing American culture to international visitors, consider becoming Kanako’s host family! JCMU is seeking a homestay opportunity for Kanako from August 2 through the end of the year (with the possibility of extension). The host family will be required to provide a private bedroom. A stipend of $200 a month will be provided to the host to offset expenses.

Interested? Please contact JCMU’s Director, Kate Simon, by phone (517-355-4654) or e-mail ( as soon as you are able.

Description of the Japan Outreach Initiative Program (JOI): The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and Laurasian Institution designed the Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) program as a grassroots opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Japan by sending Japanese Coordinators to conduct community outreach activities about Japan. By facilitating dialogue about current Japan-U.S. issues and giving Japanese language and culture presentations in communities where staffing to promote a better understanding of Japan is limited, it is hoped that these volunteer Coordinators will cultivate a new group of individuals in both Japan and the U.S. who will take leading roles in grassroots exchange.

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