Just spoke with this nice lady who is trying to find homes for these
exchange students.... Call Patty if your interested or want more
information. Patty Keyes 338-6919
"LABO International Exchange Foundation was founded 40 years ago to
promote cultural appreciation and international friendship. LABO
(language laboratory) is very much like a 4-H or Girl/Boy Scouts
organization, with local groups and a national office that
curriculum, hires tutors, and administers a full-time summer camp for
language study and group fun. Every summer, Japanese students,
of LABO, visit overseas in our country, as well as Canada, Mexico,
Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Brazil, to name a few. There
are opportunities to send our own American students to Japan in the
summer as well.
The teaching philosophy is very much like homeschooling. LABO
that learning language is best done in a family environment with
who care about the learner. Their local group meetings focus on
learning by doing and saying aloud, like learning plays bilingually,
and acting them out to reinforce memory kinesthetically, games, and
done in good fun. For older host kids, homeschool credit hours
foreign language studies can be earned in an enjoyable way, and a
Self-Design Course Description is available to those who would like
make the most of the summer."
We still have need of host families in Maine. We have several kids
still do not have a home to stay in this summer. There is a
Orientation meeting, June 28th; the kids arrive in Maine on July
we have a picnic so that they can touch base with their chaperone
August 9th; and departure from Maine is August 20th.
Host families are encouraged to treat their visitor as a member of
family. The goal is to visit a 'normal' American family and no
trips or entertainment are expected. The visitors come with their
spending money, and while we would expect you buy them a dinner at
McDonald's with the rest of the family, they are to spend their own
money on high-ticket admissions to attractions. Church attendance is
expected if that is normal for you, and many host families make a
of sending their kids back to Japan with a Bible in their own
One child in your family of comparable age is designated "host
and takes primary responsibility to play with, encourage, and guide
your visitor. Extra room is not needed, as it is strongly advised
the visitor stay in the same room with the host child. Penpals are
encouraged if folks sign up early enough, and most Japanese kids have
If anyone is interested, please contact Patty Keyes, Maine State
Coordinator, 1014 Swan Lake Avenue, Swanville, ME 04915, (207)338-
(if possible, by June 30th, though we won't turn you down if after)
apply to be a host family. The following is a list of children that
still do not have host families. Could you find room in your heart
a child this summer?"
Masafumi born 11-02-95 likes baseball, track and field, skiing,
calligraphy, sports, and shopping. HE is cheerful, eager to speak
English, and make many friends. His favorite subject is PE. HE has no
allergies or health concerns.
Yusuke born 1-29-93 likes baseball, making plastic models, swimming,
bike riding, listening to music, cooking, camping, BBQ, history, and
science. He is social, tidy, and curious. He loves baseball and would
like to see a major league game.
Masamitsu born 6-27-94 has no allergies and likes baseball,
track and field, music, camping, eating, and sports. HE is talkative,
cheerful, curious, tidy, and tolerant. HE would like to go to camp,
play baseball cook and play with you!
Taisuke born 7-22-95 is not allergic to animals but does not like
animals very much and has requested not to have animals inside,
He likes to read cartoons and books especially detective stories. HE
enjoys music, friends, eating, swimming, social studies, and is
talkative, curious, and likes to laugh.
Tomoya born 6-19-92 has no allergies and likes baseball, sports,
reading, and history. He wants to see AMerican traditional places and
buildings and play baseball with you. HE ennjoys laughing and values
Masaya born 7-7-94 has no allergies and likes soccer, swimming,
camping, sports, and eating. He is eager to know AMerican life and
Takuma is 13 years old and has well controlled epilepsy - he takes
medication. HE is eager to watch the Olympic Games with you and also
enjoys watching baseball, and playing. He is allergic to dog and cat
Yotaro is 14 and has mild pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). HE
high functioning. HE is talkative, enjoys laughing, fishing, cycling,
swimming, Japanese chess, drawing cartoons, and choral. HE has no
Goto is 14 and has mild Aspergers Syndrome. HE is curious, enjoys a
good laugh, playing video games, and the computer.
Mao born 9-30-94 has no allergies and likes cooking, ballet dance,
drawing. She wants to do many things with her family .Her favorite
subject is English. She likes to laugh and is tolerant.
Shiho born 5-19-95 has no allergies, likes swimming, tennis, music,
origami, and cat's cradle. She is talkative, and likes to laugh and
Yuka born 8-23-94 no allergies, likes comics, music, track and field,
cooking, shopping, swimming, and is tolerant, patient, and curious.
Hitomi born 4-24-94 - no allergies. She wants to contact many
see the horizon (she lives in Tokyo), watch soccer and baseball
and learn the culture. She plays the trombone and basketball, listens
to music, and likes to e-mail. She also enjoys painting and drawing.
She is talkative, curious, and likes to laugh.
Akari born 6-7-94 - no allergies, likes fantasy and comics, walks,
drawing. She's love to live using English, make lots of friends, go
festival and museum. She likes camping, singing, walking, and is
cheerful, talkative, and likes to laugh.