The program is still looking for host families for the students. According to Togashi, hosts will be asked to pick up their student on Saturday morning, July 21, and host the student over night and have the student back on campus Sunday afternoon. In between, they are asked to share as much of their lives as possible.
"It is truly a great way to have an international cultural exchange," Togashi said.
People interested in becoming hosts may contact Instructor Togashi at BVU at 749-2164.
"We hope to have enough families by the end of this month," Togashi said. "If we don't then the school will have to change part of the schedule."
Also at the end of each session, a party is hosted for the students and hosts will be invited to attend as well on July 25.
The program is hugely popular. Students will live in Storm Lake on the BVU campus for two weeks. According to Togashi, the students will have a three-hour English course and then the afternoon will be used to visit many different areas and learn about American culture.
"A lot of the students are from Tokyo and seeing the big open fields really impresses them," the Japanese language lnstructor said. "A lot of them really want to stay and they never seem to get homesick."
As part of the course the students will make a side trip on the way back to Japan, stopping in New Mexico and having a week to play tourist and to test their English skills.