How do I apply?
The travel dates for 2017 are tentatively set for July 26 – August 7.
Why travel to Japan?
This is an authentic opportunity to travel to Japan and immerse yourself in the culture and customs through a two week homestay in northern Japan. Memorable experiences include participating in local festivals, relaxing at onsen (spa), daily cultural excursions, experimenting with new and delicious foods, and playing sports and games with the Tsugaru people.
This unforgettable trip involves both teaching and learning culture, language and customs. Whether you choose to experience Japan through immersion in the Tsugaru countryside or hosting in the comforts of your home in Maine, you will help preserve the historical connection between these two similar, yet very unique places. You won’t regret it!
How many people will travel?
We hope to take between 12-15 travelers from Midcoast Maine to Tsugaru this summer. All travelers must be age 14 or older. We will also have several adult chaperones responsible for ensuring the safety of all travelers. Students are under adult supervision at all times.
Travelers will live with a Japanese host family in the rural countryside of Tsugaru city in the northern prefecture of Aomori. Coastal, mountainous and forested, this region of Japan is very beautiful and provides a unique glimpse into everyday life in Japan. One week will be spent in Aomori, plus a possible two-day excursion in Tokyo to see the hustle and bustle of one of the biggest, safest and most exciting cities in the world!
This all-inclusive trip costs <$2500. All domestic and international flights, accommodations/lodging, all meals, admission fees/fares/tickets and transportation within Japan are included in this price. Note: shopping, souvenirs and “omiyage” gift exchange is additional.
Consider the following options for raising funds to visit Japan: apply for a scholarship, self fundraising/soliciting donors, and group fundraising. Talk to Program Coordinator Jen Jones for more ideas or details.
The deadline to apply is April 1. A $100 down payment is required along with your completed application. The remaining balance will be due no later than 30 days prior to travel.
An orientation led by professors and students from the Bowdoin College Japanese Department will begin in April and run monthly for four sessions. These sessions will prepare the travelers (and hosts) with language, culture and travel information and give everyone a chance to get to know each other.