FAQ

 
Frequently Asked Questions from Guests

  
1. When Applying for Homestay

   2. Durigng Homestay

1. When Applying for Homestay

Q  1. Can I apply for this homestay program as an individual traveler?
Q 2. I am a company employee.   Can I apply for this homestay program?
Q 3. I have just graduated from a high school.   I want to do a homestay before entering university.   Can I apply for this homestay program?
Q 4. What is "the documentation about the organization"?
Q 5. I have come to Japan and want to do homestay for a couple of days from the day after tomorrow.   Can I apply for this homestay program?
Q 6. Can I choose a host family?
Q 7. When can I get the information about my host family?
Q 8. Can you always find a host family?
Q 9. Is it possible to do a homestay for longer than one month?
Q10. We want to meet our host families at the airport and let them see us off at the airport. Is it possible?
Q11. We will arrive at the airport at around 9 p.m.  Can we do homestay from that day?
Q12. Our return flight leaves departs at 8 a.m.   Can we leave the host family to take that flight?
Q13. Why does the homestay fee vary between 1,000 and 3,000 Yen?
Q14. Why should I have to pay the fee for the last day despite not staying that night?
Q15. Can I contact the host family before the homestay begins?
Q16. Should I prepare some souvenirs for the host family?

     
Q1.   Can I apply for this homestay program as an independent traveler?
A.

   No.   An independent traveler cannot apply for this homestay program.   Only applications through public organizations such as state organizations, local government, universities, and international associations are acceptable.

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Q2. I am a company employee.   Can I apply for this homestay program?
A.

   The center doesn’t allow applications from organizations or companies that operate for profit or for missionary work.

   Only applications through public organizations such as state organizations, local government, universities, and international associations are acceptable.

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Q3. I have just graduated from a high school.   I want to do homestay before entering university.   Can I apply for this homestay program?
A.

   If you are a high school student or younger, please ask the center if you are eligible for homestay.

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Q4. What is "the documentation about the organization"?  
A.

   Published materials such as its bylaws, descriptive pamphlets, and periodicals,  which include the following information:

   1. organization’s activities
   2. location
   3. name of the representative
   4. contact address

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Q5. I have come to Japan and want to do homestay for a couple of days from the day after tomorrow.   Can I apply for this homestay program?
A.

   Unfortunately, the center is unable to accept your application because of the following reasons.

   1. Applications from individual are not acceptable. You need to apply through a public organization to which you belong or through a program which you participate in.

   2.  The application deadline is two months prior to the first day of the desired homestay period.

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Q6. Can I choose a host family?
A.

   We are sorry you can not.   The host organizations seek and choose the host families based on the information on your application form.   Please answer the questions about allergies, pets, and children fully.   Please remember that there is the possibility that your preferences can not be met.   Due to unknown or unforeseen circumstances there is a possibility that your host family could be changed.

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Q7. When can I get the information about my host family?
A.

   The host organizations seek a host families based on the information in application forms.   It takes about three weeks to find a host family.   The earlier application you submit, the earlier you get to know your host family’s information.   If an application for an individual is submitted late, a host family may not be able to be found.   For large groups, please submit the relevant documents as soon as they are ready.

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Q8. Can you always find a host family?
A.

   When is it a large group or when there is a big difference between a guest’s preferences concerning pets, children and smoking, and host families’ preferences concerning guest’s gender, age and schedule, we may not be able to find appropriate host families.

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Q9. Is it possible to do homestay for longer than one month?
A.

   The center can accept homestay applications for one month maximum in principle.   Homestays for more than one month are permissible in principle; however guests may be asked to move host families and termination of the homestay may be possible in the middle of the homestay period.

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Q10. We want to meet our host families at the airport and to let them see us off at the airport. Is it possible?
A.

   No, it isn’t, in principle.   Homestay begins and ends at the office of the host organizations or the place designated by the host organizations.   Both the host organizations and the host families won’t taxi the guests to and from the airport.

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Q11. We will arrive at the airport at around 9 p.m. Is it possible to do homestay from that day?
A.

   We are sorry, it is not possible.   You should meet the host families at the office of the host organizations or the place designated by the host organizations; you are also expected to reach the meet point on public transportation by yourself.   In order not to disturb the daily lives of the host families the center requires guests to meet/leave the host families between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.   If you will arrive at the meeting place after 7 p.m., please arrange alternative accommodation for that night.   The homestay will start some time the following day at a time convenient for the host families.

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Q12. Our return flight leaves departs at 8 a.m. Can we leave the host family to take that flight?
A.

   No.   In order not to disturb the daily lives of the host families the center requires guests to meet/leave the host families between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

   In your case, as your flight check-in time will be 6a.m, your homestay will have to end on the day before your return flight. Please arrange alternative accommodation for yourself for the night before your flight.

   Both the host organizations and the host families are unable to taxi guests to and from the airport.

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Q13. Why does the homestay fee vary between 1,000 and 3,000 Yen?
A.    The Nagoya Homestay Volunteer Center consists of the voluntary groups which accept and arrange homestays.   Each organization has its own conditions for homestay and likewise its own fees.

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Q14. Why should I have to pay the fee for the last day despite not staying that night?
A.

   The fee is charged based the number of days that you stay and not the number of nights.   Therefore, you are charged for the final day’s fee.

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Q15. Can I contact the host family before the homestay begins?
A.

   The center does not inform either the host family or the guests of any of their counterpart’s personal information such as email address, address, or telephone number.   Please look forward to meeting your host families.

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Q16. Should I prepare some souvenirs for the host family?
A.

   You don’t have to prepare any gifts in advance to show as a token of your appreciation for your host family.   However, after your homestay your host family might appreciate a thank-you letter or email.

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2. During Homestay
Q17.

What things are important to remember during homestay?

Q18.

What should bring for homestay?

Q19.

Can I get internet access in the host family's home?

Q20.

My friends live in Nagoya.   I would like to meet them during homestay.   Is it possible?

Q21.

I am a foreign student in Japan.   I want to apply for this homestay program with my friends.   They are foreign students, too.

Q22.

Can it be expected that my host family will show me around some sightseeing spots?

Q23.

What should I do when if I suddenly become ill or suffer injury during homestay?

Q24.

Is it possible to change host families during homestay?

Q25.

What should I do if I have a problem during homestay?

Q26.

I love my host family and am enjoying homestay.   Can I extend my stay?

 
Q17. What things are important to remember during homestay?
A.    During homestay a guest lives with a hostfamily, and is treated like a member of the family.   Please respect the house rules of your host family.   Important rules to remember include: careful observation of curfew, greeting family members properly, cleaning your own room, assisting with housework whenever possible.  

   Please refer to the “Guidelines for Homestay” for more details.

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Q18. What should bring for homestay?
A.

   Please bring some extra clothes, pajamas, items for personal hygiene including some hand-towels.   It will probably be possible to borrow a bath towel or a hair dryer from the host family.   In Japan, pajamas are worn in bed; if you don’t wear pajamas, please let your host family know, or it may seem like you have forgotten them.

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Q19. Can I get internet access in the host family's home?
A.

   Not all host families have a computer.   Even if they have a computer, some of them don’t use the internet.   Please ask if you can use their computer first, and then make sure how long you can use it for.   If you can’t use the internet in the host family’s home, please make use of the nearest internet café.

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Q20. My friends live in Nagoya.   I would like to meet them during homestay.   Is it possible?
A.   During homestay, spending time with your host family comes first.   Additionally, without permission of your host family, you should not invite your friends to the host family’s home.   In either case, your friends can not stay over-night at your host family’s home with you.

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Q21. I am a foreign student in Japan.   I want to apply for this homestay program with my friends.   They are foreign students, too.
A.

   Please remember the following.

* One guest per host family.

* It will not be possible for you and your friend(s) to be located with host families in the same area.

* You cannot request which area you want to stay.

* Host families have no personal acquaintance with each other.   During homestay you should spend time with your host family and not with your friend(s).   It is also not appropriate to spend time with your friend(s) whilst in the company of your host family.
 

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Q22. Can it be expected that my host family will show me around some sightseeing spots?
A.    Please be reminded that the host families of this center are not sightseeing guides.   If you apply for homestay only for the purpose of sightseeing, the application will not be accepted.   With your host family please decide a schedule for the homestay period.   Your host might not be able to go sightseeing with you due to other commitments.

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Q23. What should I do when if I suddenly become ill or suffer injury during homestay?
A.    Please let your host family know without delay when you feel sick or are injured.   If you have chronic disease or allergy, please bring medicine with you.   You will be responsible for the full cost of any medical expenses; your host family and the host organization will not pay the expenses for you.   Foreign students should bring their health insurance card (National Health Insurance card, etc.) with them and short term foreign visitors are highly recommended that they bring traveler’s insurance.

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Q24. Is it possible to change host families during homestay?
A.

  Firstly, please think clearly about the reason why you want to change host families.   We can’t rearrange families for the following reasons:

* You do not like them.
* You do not like the meals they serve.
* You prefer a family without children.

   You will live with a family with a different culture, misunderstandings may happen.   It is important to talk frankly to each other in order to clear up your questions.   When you can not discuss the situation your host any further, please consult with your leader or your host organization.  

   Extra charges for a change of host family will be the responsibility of the guest and the host organization.
 

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Q25. What should I do if I have a problem during homestay?
A.    First, please ask your host.   If you feel hesitant to talk to your host, please talk to your host organization or your leader.   You should not have to worry about your problem alone.

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Q26. I love my host family and am enjoying homestay.   Can I extend my stay?
A.    No.   After the application has been accepted, changes to the homestay period are not allowed.

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