Rich Strle with the Bloomington-Normal Asahikawa Sister Cities said the group is seeking host families for 11- to13-year olds. (Photo by Laura Ewan/WJBC)
By Sarah Beckman
BLOOMINGTON - The Bloomington-Normal Asahikawa Sister Cities group will welcome a group of 11 to 13-year-old Japanese students to stay in the Twin Cities for a week and the group is looking for host families.
"They're just regular kids," said Rich Strle, representative of the group. "It's like having a tiny visitor from out of town in your house who is very well behaved."
The other half of the program, sending Bloomington-Normal middle school students to Japan, is a rewarding experience for the kids.
"High school students have the opportunity to go to Asahikawa for an entire year," said Strle. "It's a tremendous experience."
Junior high school students also have the chance to go to Japan, but for a shorter amount of time.
Strle also added that the fear of a language barrier should not be an issue for host families.
"They've always got dictionaries or translators with them," said Strle. "So families shouldn't worry about not being able to communicate with the kids."
Interested families and students can visit the program's website: www.bnsistercities.org.