JAPEC

Cultural Exchange Program in JAPAN

一般社団法人 日本児童英語振興協会(JAPEC)
The Japan Association for the Promotion of English for Children

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What is JAPEC?
The Japan Association for the Promotion of English for Children (JAPEC), a private-sector public-service
organization, was established in the spring of 1978. It was created with the cooperation of experts in the realm of
English language education and other fields for the purpose of spreading and promoting correct and practical 
English education for children.
Since its foundation, the Association has conducted numerous projects and activities in close cooperation with
member classrooms. These have included research on principles of English education for children, research and
development of teaching materials, instruction on teaching methods, training of specialized teachers, publication of
the specialized journal "English Education for Children," and the organizing of international exchange programs.
In addition, JAPEC also administers English-based testing programs for children. The National English Proficiency
Test for Children (JAPEC English Proficiency Test for Children) provides scientifically established attainment goals
by grade level. This test not only helps motivate children to study English by setting clear targets, but also provides
a reliable guiding direction for teachers involved in English language education. The JAPEC English Proficiency
Test for Children is widely used to measure the English language skills of children in Japan. This enjoyable test
has been held 37 times and has assessed more than 800,000 children. The test receives high social recognition as
a unique testing system, and has the longest history of any English language test for children in Japan.

The Japan Association for the Promotion of English for Children (JAPEC)
Address: Esaka Yoshikawa Bldg.,5F 1-17-14 Esaka-cho, Suita-city, Osaka 564-0063, JAPAN
TEL: +81-6-6339-1262
FAX: +81-6-6339-1050
Email: info@japec.jp or ito@japec.jp (Ayami Ito is in charge of the cultural exchange program)
URL: http://www.japec.jp/hp/index.htm

一般社団法人 日本児童英語振興協会(JAPEC)
The Japan Association for the Promotion of English for Children

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Relationship with Tasmania, Australia
In 2008, the Department of Education of Tasmania, Australia, and JAPEC agreed to cooperate in cultural and
educational activities for the benefit of both parties. We hope we will be able to cooperate with other countries
as well.

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Outline and Purposes
[Outline]
Every summer, JAPEC invites primary, middle and high school
students from Australia, New Zealand and America to
participate in the JAPEC International Cultural Exchange
Program.
The aim of this exchange program is to promote international
cultural exchange between children of other countries and
Japanese children. The two primary activities that take place
are a homestay and a large 3-day international summer camp.
This experience has proven to be both highly educational and
enjoyable for all parties involved. It is one of JAPEC's main
goals to grow this program so that more students can
participate.

[Purposes]
This is an international exchange program held in Japan.
It aims to promote cultural exchange through various activities
which will provide participants with opportunities to experience
“positive culture shock”.
The program also aims to enhance the communication skills of
participants by offering them valuable opportunities to
communicate with each other using their native and second
languages (English and Japanese).

一般社団法人 日本児童英語振興協会(JAPEC)
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Educational Values
・ Cultural Understanding
・ Japanese Language Improvement
・ Public Speaking Skills
・ Leadership Skills
・ Self-Improvement
・ Stress Management Skills

All children have great potential. Children discover new things to help them plan and achieve their personal and
educational goals through this program. Children gain confidence as they come to feel more comfortable exploring
new interests and passions. JAPEC makes sure that, upon completing this program, every child has an opportunity to
pursue a positive future and can take an active role in strengthening his or her community.

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Program Schedule 2015
Date

Description

July 24 (Friday)

Arrive in Osaka.
Stay at a hotel in Osaka city.

July 25 (Saturday)

Reception with all homestay families.
Free time with the homestay family.

July 26 (Sunday)
July 27 (Monday)
July 28 (Tuesday)

International Friendship Summer Camp with
Japanese Children (2 nights and 3 days).

July 29 (Wednesday)
July 30 (Thursday)

Free time with the homestay family.

July 31 (Friday)
August 1 (Saturday)
August 2 (Sunday)

Meet at Kansai Airport.
Depart from Osaka (Kansai Airport).

August 3 (Monday)

Arrive in Australia.

* The above schedule is subject to change.

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Program Timetable
[Program Timetable]
- September
Distribute tour information to students and parents for the next year’s program.
- October
Have a meeting for students and parents at participating schools.
- From November
Applications available for students who will participate in the program.
- February
Application deadline and determination of students who will join the program.
- April
Determine volunteer host families.
Receive full payment of program fees.
- May
Provide information for Japanese host families and all participants.
- June
Finalize program details.
- Late July or early August
Implementation of the exchange program.

[Inviting applications for participation in Australia]
With the cooperation of the Australian Consulate-General in Osaka, we will select Australian schools interested in participating in the Exchange
Program to be held in Japan. Although we intend to accept all applicants, if there are too many applications, we will select participants through a
consultation process.

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Homestay
We will ask JAPEC member classrooms in the Kinki region to recruit volunteers from families with primary or
junior high school children who are studying English.
We will select host families and then match students with them, taking the children’s ages into consideration so
that the student(s) and children in the host family are similar in age. The host families will be carefully selected
by JAPEC and their teachers to suit the needs of all parties involved.
JAPEC’s primary goal is to ensure that all parties are pleased with the arrangement and will be able to form
lasting friendships. The families will take you into their homes and treat you as a member of their family for the
duration of your stay. This is an excellent opportunity for students to communicate and learn about each other.
While you stay with a host family’s, you can go to famous places with your family, for example, Kyoto, Nara and
Kobe. It will be easy to visit such places. Depending on the children of the host family, you may be able to visit
their schools because this program is held during the summer vacation of Japanese public schools.
The host family will provide:
・ A Japanese family home environment.
・ Everyday (breakfast, lunch, and evening) meals while at the home.
・ A bed and adequate privacy. You will have your own room.

The host family is not expected to provide money for:
・ Public transport. (Some host families don’t have a car. When you go
somewhere by bus or train, you will need to pay for the transportation.)
・ Meals in cafes or restaurants.
・ Domestic and international telephone calls.
・ Personal toiletries and other personal expenses.

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International Friendship Summer Camp
The is a three-day and two-night camp that aims to promote
cultural exchange. Participants will be divided into several
groups for various activities. By having meals and doing
various activities together in a small group, children will
have a chance to get to know each other well and deepen
their understanding of each other’s countries.
The venue will be somewhere in the Kinki region at a
suitable location yet to be determined. Participants will
travel by chartered bus arranged by JAPEC from Osaka to
the camp place.

Japanese children who study English and a small staff of foreign
teachers from around the world will also join the camp. In past
years, we have had staff from the United States, Canada,
Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, France, Sweden,
Paraguay and other countries. We are planning various activities
that will be challenging and fun. Also, there will be opportunity to
talk about your country and Japanese culture via presentations
and performances.
Please be prepared to share something about your country or
culture. The Japanese children and staff are really looking
forward to learning about you and your country!

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What We Do at the Camp
Get to know more about Japan and other countries
Tell others about your country
The students who understand other countries and cultures will grow up confident and unafraid to be proud of their
own culture. People all over the world need to be multicultural. There is a great opportunity to learn about other
countries and cultures through this camp. JAPEC believes that if students have an experience spends time with
people from other countries, it will benefit them greatly in their future and other people can learn from them. This
camp has proven to be highly educational and enjoyable for all parties involved.
There will be time to talk about your country, the countries of the international staff and Japanese culture in
presentations and performances. Please be prepared to talk about something from your culture, too! Japanese
children are really looking forward to learning about you and your country!

Australian students often talk about
where they are from, their schools,
animals, sports and traditional culture
at the presentations.
Students can show pictures and use
a PC to show Power Point.
Japanese students teach traditional
Japanese things, for example, paper
folding, cat’s cradle, calligraphy,
martial arts and games.

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Camp Schedule
DAY1
8:30am
Meet at Shin-Osaka station
9:00am
Departure from camp
11:30am
Arrival at the campsite
12:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm
Team-building activities
3:00pm
Watermelon-smashing activity
5:00pm
Evening assembly
6:00pm
Dinner
7:00pm
Cultural exchange time
9:00pm
Bath time
10:00pm
Lights out

DAY2
6:30am
Wake up
7:00am
Morning assembly
7:30am
Breakfast
9:00am
Tea ceremony experience
12:00pm
Lunch
2:00pm
Games and activities
5:00pm
Evening assembly
6:00pm
Dinner
7:00pm
Campfire
9:00pm
Bath time
10:00pm
Lights out

DAY3
6:30am
Wake up
7:00am
Morning assembly
7:30am
Breakfast
9:00am
Cultural exchange time
12:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm
Farewell ceremony
2:30pm
Departure from camp
5:30pm
Arrival in Osaka
6:00pm
Back to homestay

* The above schedule is subject to change.

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Support
The JAPEC Headquarters will provide full support for exchange students and host families throughout the
homestay period. We will be available 24 hours a day during the program in case any emergency should arise.
The JAPEC Headquarters will serve as a liaison for exchange students. If a family member wants to contact an
exchange student, the JAPEC Headquarters will contact his or her host family.

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Participants’ Thoughts
“It was the experience of a lifetime. It was amazing! I definitely want
to go back. I learned that Japanese people are really nice. I felt
welcome. There was no pressure. When I did my cultural
presentation before the audience, I felt proud to be aboriginal.”
( Reuben Oates, 16)

“They’ve got lots of gizmos and gadgets that we don’t have. The
one I really like is the washing machine which doesn’t shrink your
clothes and you don’t have to separate washing!
The people were really nice and the food was great. I like rice and
nori and loved the bread and Grape Fanta! I want to go back!”
( Josie Carr, 13)
“The culture is more about volunteering than being forced to behave in a certain way. By this I mean, like at
the Japanese Summer Festival, when many people dressed up in their yukata but other people just wore
ordinary clothes. People could do as they wished and there was no problem with that because everyone is
accepted for who they are.
I learned that judging people for what they look like is a learned behavior. They don’t care as much as we do
about appearances and that made me feel more accepted.”
( Lauren Edwards, 14)

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Eligibility and Expenses
[Who is eligible]
Primary school students, high school students (ages 10 - 16)
[Expenses]
JPN 15,000 yen per student
* The minimum group size is 10 students.
INCLUDES:
・Homestay placement
(All host families are volunteers. They will provide 3 meals a day at home and a private room.)
・Airport shuttle bus to Osaka station for the first day (one way only)
・Hotel for the first night & breakfast the next day
・Welcome reception
・Camp, meals including (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners) at the camp and transport between JR Shin-Osaka and the campsite

DOES NOT INCLUDE:
・Round trip airfare between your country and Japan
・Travel or medical insurance
・Transportation to homestay family's home, the airport (return) and other places (Most people who live around Osaka get around by train.)
・Activities not listed in the schedule such as trips with host families
・Meals at cafes and restaurants
・Personal expenses (Please refer to cost list in Japan)

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Q&A
• Can more than one child stay with the same host family if they want to?
Some of the kids want to stay with their friends.
It will be difficult for more than one child to stay together with the same host family because of Japanese houses are small
and there are not many rooms.
・When is the deadline to pay the program fee?
The deadline is April 10.
・ When will participants know who their host family will be?
We will finish arrangements by the end of May.
・ Can we take the students on a trip to Kyoto or other places around Osaka during their homestay time?
This is if the children of the homestay family can go with the students. This is possible.
・ Can the vegetarian children participate?
Yes. Meat-free dishes are also provided. Please let us know in advance. Also please let us know if your child has any dietary
restrictions.
・ Can you help to arrange additional trips to other places like Hiroshima or Tokyo?
Yes. We can help you to arrange your trip before or after the program without any additional fee.

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