Snow Camp in Japan
Understand and enjoy Japanese culture from the inside together with your own Japanese family. Participants will experience everyday life (shopping, cooking, talking, playing, sharing friendship, ideas, language, and more) with a carefully selected host family.
Enjoy an amazing snow adventure with friends from many different countries. Three nights and four days of international friendship and bonding through snow activities and language activities. Snow activities may include: snow field day with creative relay races and capture the flag; snow shoeing; snowman contest; ice cream making; building a snow dome; bon fire, etc.* Youth and adults will stay in Minshuku (Japanese inns) in groups of 25 and work together as "family".
Dates: March 21-April 2, 2017
Homestay Location: Greater Tokyo Area*
Camp Location: Iiyama, Nagano
Estimated Program Fees: $3,000, depending on departure city
Application Deadline: January 6
Tuesday March 21: Depart USA
Wednesday March 22: Arrive Narita Airport, Begin homestay (4 nights)
Sunday March 26: Travel to Snow Camp via Shinkansen
Sunday March 26-Wednesday March 30: Snow Camp! (3 nights)
Wednesday March 29: Return to same host family by Shinkansen (4 nights)
Sunday April 2: To Narita Airport, return to USA
R/T Transportation Narita to Tokyo area host family and R/T Transportation Tokyo area host family to Nature Camp
3 nights meals and accommodation at snow camp (shared rooms)
Travel and Medical Insurance
8 nights homestay in greater Tokyo area*
Meals taken with host families (ages 12-17)
Orientation materials and program support
Cost to obtain passport (and visa, if needed/not American citizen)
Youth ages 12-17 will be matched with a same gender and same age (within 2 years) host. Adults 18+ may be placed at LEX's discretion with any of a variety of wonderful host families with young children, older children, or no children. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
*Please note: You may request to stay with a known family in an area outside of greater Tokyo, but you will be responsible for the extra transportation cost (estimate $200-400 depending on location.)
This exchange takes place during school holidays in Japan, so your hosts will be available to spend time with you. Unfortunately, you will not be able to visit a Japanese school.
Skiing and snowboarding are not permitted during the camp.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 354-1140 for more information and an application.