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寄宿家庭/家庭參訪

體驗日本文化與家庭生活

對於想增進日語能力(特別是會話能力)的學生,YAMASA提供寄宿家庭方案,透過文化交流和人際關係的建立,不僅能讓您體驗日本文化、和日本人近距離相處,更是難得的機會。許多學生在結束寄宿家庭生活後,仍和寄宿家庭成員保持長久且親近的關係。YAMASA會事先拜訪並安排一般的家庭,以確保學生能夠真實體驗日本人的日常生活。

住宿期間

寄宿家庭

寄宿家庭方案包含與日本當地家庭共同生活一段時間。通常,最短的居住期間為一個月,但也曾有僅居住一星期或居住長達1年的學生。

原寄宿家庭許可情況下,您可延長居住期間。無法延長時,可更換至其他寄宿家庭,或搬入YAMASA提供的學生宿舍。

家庭參訪

除了寄宿家庭選項,亦可選擇家庭參訪,和日本家庭共進晚餐或共度週末2天1夜。

申請條件

您需要在入學前至少2個月完成寄宿家庭申請程序(例如:填寫申請表、寄送照片、繳交學費)。如寄宿家庭想了解更多有關您的資訊,可能會請您另外填寫問卷,但此種情形並不常見。

為使寄宿家庭的媒合過程更加順利,申請時,會請您繳交2張生活照(非護照相片),建議提供於不同時間或地點所拍攝的照片,可透過e-mail寄送。

請儘可能提前申請。寄宿家庭是很熱門的選項,而寄宿家庭安排以報名先後順序為準,我們會在收到您的學費後開始安排寄宿家庭。若您所報名為短期課程(3個月以內),則申請時須繳清全額學費。

愈早申請寄宿家庭,媒合成功機率愈大──特別是5月、夏天(特別是8月)、10月,以及年末/新年時期。具有一定程度的日文或英文溝通能力,可提升找到寄宿家庭的機會。

注意事項

This quite strict policy exists because several times in the past, students have requested a homestay without paying and then cancelled after the families had undertaken considerable preparation. Yamasa apologises if this rule is inconvenient - but the homestays are so integral to the program that maintaining good relationships with all host families is essential. Your understanding is requested.

At no stage are we able to guarantee a homestay (each family participates on a volunteer basis, and while funds are transferred to the family there is no contractual or other obligation on families to accept foreign students).

Guidelines

Home stay in a foreign country can be a unique and rewarding experience. In order for you to get the most out of your experience, we have compiled the following set of guidelines to ensure that your time in Japan goes as smoothly as possible.
The two things that we would recommend that you pay attention to are:

  • Your whereabouts
  • Maintaining a good relationship with your host family

Your whereabouts

Keep everyone informed of

  • Your daily schedule

    Please let your host family know what time you are planning on returning home before you leave the house.

  • Your weekend schedule

    With this in mind, also let your host family know what your plans over the weekend will be should you plan to leave the house.

  • Your nightly schedule

    If you are planning on staying elsewhere besides your home stay accommodation, make sure you get permission to do so from your host family first. You should also give them the address of the place that you will be staying and a phone number where they can they can make contact with you.
    By following these guidelines, you will reduce the level of stress felt by all concerned. We are all concerned for your safety and well being. If you don’t tell your host family that you won’t be at home on a certain night or at a certain time, it might make them think that you may have been injured/hospitalized or have gotten into some kind of trouble.

Maintaining a good relationship with your host family

1. Make the most of your time here.
As mentioned earlier, home stay can be a potentially rewarding experience. To make the most of this experience, it is recommended that you try to get home before dinner time and spend time with your host family. This will allow you to experience Japanese culture at a deeper level (i.e. eating delicious Japanese food that will be prepared by your host family) in addition to practicing your Japanese skills. It will also build a stronger relationship with people you will be seeing nearly every day. A good home stay relationship can result in lifelong friendships being made.

2. Be a good guest.
It is important to remember that you are a guest in somebody else’s home, so it’s in everyone’s best interests that everyone gets along the best that they can. Therefore, you should keep the following in mind:

  • Check the family rules.

    This is the first thing that you should do. All host family rules come before Yamasa rules. Knowing what is expected from the very beginning will reduce the amount of problems and stress that you and your host family may experience.

  • Leave your room as you found it.

    While you are staying in a place that is different to your own home in your native country, your home stay accommodation is not a hotel with a 24 hour cleaning service included. Therefore, every day as you head out the front door, make sure that your room is in the same condition that you found it in when you first arrived.

  • Learn about the washing machine.

    Check with your family about when and how you should use the washing machine. It’s best to establish this so you don’t have any ‘little accidents’! Also keep in mind that your family may need to use the washing machine at specific times. Check when it’s OK to use the washing machine to avoid any clashes in schedule on this front.

  • Watch the phone bill.

    If you are going to call anyone who lives overseas, please do one of the following.
    a) Buy a pre-paid phone card.
    b) Make a collect call.
    c) Make contact using the free call option in messaging services such as Skype.
    Please be mindful that your host family will not be happy if you rack up an enormous phone bill.

  • Be careful handing out any third party information.

    Do not pass on any of your home stay family’s personal details (phone number, address, e-mail address etc.) to anyone without their prior approval.
    A lot of Japanese people have to provide their addresses and phone numbers when they apply for bank accounts, health insurance etc. If this information were to fall into the wrong hands, it could cause a lot of trouble (both financial and personal) for your host family.

  • Respect each other’s space.

    As you are arriving into a culture that is very different to your own, please be aware that how people interact with each other here in Japan is very different to what you might be used to.
    Whilst some Japanese people will agree to certain requests, this may not mean that they are happy to do so. Often their discontent may be expressed in a more indirect way than what is considered normal in other countries.
    For this reason, try to not be too much of a burden on your host family. Be respectful of their schedules. For example, asking your host father to drive you to and pick you up from a party just as he has come home from a long day at work could be something he that agrees to but it doesn’t necessarily mean that he is happy to do so. Try to put yourself in your host family’s shoes before you begin asking favours.

While the content listed above is a set of general guidelines, there are two basic rules that you will need to abide by:
1) You will need to provide your own lunch as this will not be provided in the home stay package.
2) You will be responsible for any public transport expenses incurred when getting to and from Yamasa. If your total expenses exceed ¥1000 per round trip (this is a trip to and from Yamasa from your home stay accomodation), we will make up any excess costs incurred.

Follow these basic guidelines and the likelihood of your home stay, as well as your studies at Yamasa, being both harmonious and productive will greatly increase.