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Explore Japan Program

Since 1993, the Explore Japan Program connects local communities and families with those in Japan through a fun, free and educational summer exchange program.


Our Programs

Explore Japan Workshops

During Explore Japan your children will be participating in engaging and educational Japanese culture workshops including language, food, and cultural activities. Each afternoon the entire program embarks on Boston-area field trips together.


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Explore Japan and Your Family

Explore Japan is an opportunity for the entire family to learn, experience and appreciate a new culture -- all without leaving home!


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Explore Japan Program

When you're ready, complete our online application to get started!
If you have any questions please contact our experienced staff at explorejapan@americanlearning.com or call (617) 996-0622.


March 2019 Homestay Program

Bring Japan to your home this March 2019! Host two (2) Japanese students and receive $450.

DEADLINE OF APPLICATION: February 28, 2019
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  • Homestay starts on March 19, 2019 Tuesday evening and ends on March 24, 2019 Sunday morning.
  • Host families will have opportunity to spend time with the visiting students during early mornings and evenings and the whole day of March 23, 2019 Saturday.
  • Visiting Japanese high school students are ages 15-17 and will be attending various cultural exchange activities during the day from 8:30AM to 5:00PM.
  • Host families should live within walking distance (half a mile or less) to a public transportation (bus or subway, not commuter rail). Alternatively, host can drop off and pick up the students at the closest public transportation stop. Travel time from the house to downtown Boston by MBTA must be <1 hour during rush hour. Students will take the public transportation on their own.
  • Host families are expected to provide breakfast and dinner during the homestay duration, and lunch on March 23 Saturday.

2019 Summer Programs for Boys and Girls

DEADLINE OF APPLICATION (Extended!): May 31, 2019
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EXPLORE JAPAN is a series of 2.5 week programs in Milton, MA where local students learn about the many facets of Japanese culture while hosting and spending time with visiting Japanese exchange students. In the morning, each program includes workshops on Japanese arts and crafts, cuisine, martial arts, language and a variety of interesting cultural exercises. In the afternoon, the Japanese students and local host students embark together on field trips and participate in fun activities. This fascinating exchange program is in its 24th year!

Explore Japan welcomes girls and boys from all Eastern MA communities ages 8-18. Students learn in small groups (broken down by age) under the guidance of a Japanese expert and a student aide. In return for hosting a visiting Japanese student during the program, Explore Japan is FREE for the host family’s child! That is a two week program, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, including admission and supervision on all afternoon field trips — for free! Each program has a limited number of spaces available, so feel free to sign up now.

Host families are responsible for transportation between Milton and homestay location, and must provide breakfast, lunches and dinners each day to their participating child(ren) and Japanese student they are hosting.

Explore Japan is the closest thing to experiencing Japanese culture without actually traveling to Japan! SCHEDULE for 2019


Program Location Hosting Begins First Day of Program Final Day of Program Hosting Ends
2019 Girls Program Tentatively in Milton, MA Monday 7/22/2019 Monday 7/22/2019 Tuesday 8/6/2019 Wednesday 8/7/2019
2019 Boys Program Tentatively in Milton, MA Thursday 7/25/2019 Friday 7/26/2019 Friday 8/9/2019 Sunday 8/11/2019


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: We are seeking student interns or camp counselors for the 2019 summer programs. This is open to students who are 14 and older. All interns MUST host a Japanese student. Download internship details


When you're ready, complete our online application to get started!
If you have any questions please contact our experienced staff at explorejapan@americanlearning.com or call (617) 996-0622.

NOTE: Acceptance to any Explore Japan programs is contingent on passing the background check and home visit.
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