Homestay in Orlando, Florida
Since 1993, Homestay International, a non-profit (501c3) organization, has provided Japanese high school and college students with quality 3 ~ 4 week homestay programs in Orlando, Florida.
Homestay International offers three homestay programs every year corresponding to Japanese students' spring (March), summer (August), and winter (December/January) breaks.
Homestay International homestay program features:
1. Volunteer host families: All our host families are volunteer Christians from various churches in the Orlando, Florida (USA) area.
2. Sightseeing at Disney World, and Universal Studios theme parks all included in program fee.
3. A five-day, four-night beach retreat with American high school and college students at a hotel on the beach near Daytona Beach, FL (March
and August programs)
4. English classes with small class sizes of about 4 ~ 6 students each (average). We hold classes at a church and hire ESL teachers.
5. Japanese speaking staff available and accessible during the homestay.
6. Great history: Over 25 years of experience, and over 1000 satisfied participants.
7. Staff in Tokyo and Osaka to conduct pre-departure explanation and orientation meetings.
8. Inexpensive: The cost is very reasonable compared to other programs.
9. Most participants hear about Homestay International through word-of-mouth.
10. Homestay International is a Christian organization but is geared toward the typical Japanese student who usually has no interest in any religion. All host families are Christians, and there is a one hour intro to the Bible and Christian culture class each day that there are English classes (two hours of English, and one hour of the Christianity class two or three times/week). We make sure all participants understand this aspect when inquiring about the program. Since there is absolutely no pressure, Japanese participants enjoy the Christianity class as it is taught is a very light hearted and interesting way. Homestay International is a part of Mission To Japan (see www.MissionToJapan.org).
11. After every program, we ask Japanese participants to evaluate every aspect of the program. You can see their evaluations written in their own handwriting at going back several years.
Japanese inquirers should see our Japanese website with more details here.
History of Homestay International
Founder Warren Griffith first went to Japan as a high school student in 1982 for homestay with a Japanese family in Osaka. After college, Warren spent four years in Japan as a missionary, English teacher, and student of Japanese. He started taking small groups of Japanese college students back to the U.S. (Atlanta, Georgia and Orlando, Florida) and placed students with families from his church. This led to the forming of Homestay International in 1993. Warren and his Japanese wife Yukari have run the program for 25 years in Orlando, Florida.
Christmas 2018 ~ 2019 Program: December 14 ~ January 5 (option to extend till January 7 and go to two Universal theme parks)
Cost: 250,000 yen or 280,000 with option to stay till January 7 and go to two Universal theme parks)
March 2019 Program: March 1 ~ 31, 2019 Cost: 300,000 yen
August 2019 Program: August 5 ~ September 5, 2019 Cost: 300,000 yen
Programs include a volunteer host family who will take you back and forth to the sponsoring church for English classes and activities each day (occasionally one student will have two host families), five-day, four-night beach retreat hotel accommodations with American student friends (March and August programs only), English classes, entrance to all theme parks and activities on the schedule (see schedule), Japanese speaking staff guidance, orientation before departure from Japan and also after arriving in the U.S., all transportation in Orlando during the program.
All transportation in homestay program city during the program
Pick up and drop off at the Orlando program airport during scheduled arrival and departure times
Orientation after arriving into the U.S. (when arriving at designated time)
Meals at the host families home (usually breakfast, and dinner, and a sack lunch to take out)
All sightseeing costs on schedule (Example: Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios, rock climbing, trampoline gym, etc...)
March and August programs: Hotel at the beach, dinner and program at the beach with American friends of similar age
Program administration (Japanese speaking staff assistance always available)
24 hour emergency support in Japanese
Cost does not include:
International airfare: We offer advice and guidance if you'd like to travel with other participants and check out low fares
Estimated cost of economy airfare (cost will vary based on timing and airlines; generally the earlier you reserve, the cheaper the price):
March: 90,000 ~ 12,000 yen
August: 150,000 ~ 200,000 yen
December: 100,000 ~ 120,000 yen
Overseas travel accident insurance
Japan airport use tax
Transportation from your home to the airport you'll use in Japan
Eating out during some all-day sightseeing (hosts can provide a sack lunch but not dinner during all day sightseeing days)
Four breakfasts during retreats in March and August (some hotels provide breakfast for free)
Lunches during beach retreat in March and August (shop and share with roommates; estimated cost 3000 yen for all lunches)
Fees related to procuring passport
Contact in the US: Warren Griffith (president) - , 407-243-8867 Line: wg101010
Address: 4551 Jona Free Ln #108 Kissimmee, FL 34746
Contact in Japan: Kaori Ikeuchi (Japanese staff) - , 06-4860-1266
Address: RKS Building 1F 18-11 Asahi-cho, Suita-city, Osaka
Pictures of some of our host families.
Pictures of some of our beach retreats with American student friends.
Pictures of some of the after class activities. Usually we have American student volunteers who join to provide conversation practice.