ホームステイ/家庭体験(ホームビジット)プログラム

日本文化と日本の家庭を体験

YAMASAのホームステイは、日本語の語学力(特に会話能力)の向上、日本文化をより身近で体験する機会を与えてくれるばかりでなく、異文化体験を通し、お金には替え難い親密な人間関係を築く貴重な機会でもあります。 YAMASAのホームステイプログラムを終えた多くの学生が、その後もホストファミリーと長期にわたり良好な関係を維持していることからもそれは伺い知れます。
まずは一度日本の生活を体験してみたいという方々のために日本の一般家庭を訪問する家庭体験(ホームビジット)プログラムも用意しております。

滞在期間

ホームステイ

ホームステイは、長期間にわたり一般家庭に滞在します。大抵は1ヶ月程度ですが、これまでに短かくて1週間、長くて1年間という例がございました。
ホームステイの期間を延長することは可能ですが、期間延長はホストファミリーの意向とスケジュール次第となりますので、場合によっては別のホームステイ先へ引っ越したり、YAMASAの学生寮へ移るケースもございます。予めご了承下さい。

ホームビジット

家庭体験(ホームビジット)は夕食を共にしたり週末1泊2日を家族とともに過ごすオプションです。

お申し込み条件

ホームステイをお申し込みになるには入学日の2ヶ月以上前およびお申し込み時点でYAMASA各コースの申し込み手続き(申請書、写真、学費の前払い等)が完了していることが条件となります。また受け入れ先のホストファミリーによっては、簡単なアンケートをお願いする場合もございます。

2種類以上のスナップ写真(パスポートのような証明写真を除く)をご提出いただきます。写真はホストファミリーを探す際に使用します。場面の異なる複数の写真の提出をお願いします。写真はEメールで送って頂いても構いません。

申し込みはお早めにお願いいたします。ホームステイは人気が高く、先にコースの申し込みを済ませ授業料の支払いを完了された方が優先されます。ホストファミリー探しは授業料の入金の確認後に開始します。例えば、短期コース(3か月以下)に入学する場合には学費は全額前払いとなりますのでご注意下さい。

早めに申し込むことで、ホームステイの利点を最大限に生かすことができます。特に日本が連休となるゴールデンウィーク、お盆、年末年始を含む期間では、受入先は少なくなりますので、早めのお申し込みをお勧めいたします。日本語や英語での日常会話が話せると、ホストファミリーとのコミュニケーションが一層深まります。

ご案内

ホームステイオプションは通常の寮のお申し込みよりも条件が厳格となっております。その理由はホームステイを希望しながら後にキャンセルをされると、これまで準備を進めていたホストファミリーに対し多大なご迷惑をお掛けすることになるからです。そして過去に幾度かこうした前例がございましたのでYAMASAとしても不本意ながらこの授業料前払いのルールを設けました。ホームステイは日本語教育の一環として非常に大切なものであり、全てのホストファミリーと良好な関係を維持することが不可欠となっています。どうかご理解の程よろしくお願い致します。

ガイドライン

Home stay in a foreign country can be a unique and rewarding experience. In order for you to get the most out of your experience, we have compiled the following set of guidelines to ensure that your time in Japan goes as smoothly as possible.
The two things that we would recommend that you pay attention to are:

  • Your whereabouts
  • Maintaining a good relationship with your host family

Your whereabouts

Keep everyone informed of

  • Your daily schedule

    Please let your host family know what time you are planning on returning home before you leave the house.

  • Your weekend schedule

    With this in mind, also let your host family know what your plans over the weekend will be should you plan to leave the house.

  • Your nightly schedule

    If you are planning on staying elsewhere besides your home stay accommodation, make sure you get permission to do so from your host family first. You should also give them the address of the place that you will be staying and a phone number where they can they can make contact with you.
    By following these guidelines, you will reduce the level of stress felt by all concerned. We are all concerned for your safety and well being. If you don’t tell your host family that you won’t be at home on a certain night or at a certain time, it might make them think that you may have been injured/hospitalized or have gotten into some kind of trouble.

Maintaining a good relationship with your host family

1. Make the most of your time here.
As mentioned earlier, home stay can be a potentially rewarding experience. To make the most of this experience, it is recommended that you try to get home before dinner time and spend time with your host family. This will allow you to experience Japanese culture at a deeper level (i.e. eating delicious Japanese food that will be prepared by your host family) in addition to practicing your Japanese skills. It will also build a stronger relationship with people you will be seeing nearly every day. A good home stay relationship can result in lifelong friendships being made.

2. Be a good guest.
It is important to remember that you are a guest in somebody else’s home, so it’s in everyone’s best interests that everyone gets along the best that they can. Therefore, you should keep the following in mind:

  • Check the family rules.

    This is the first thing that you should do. All host family rules come before Yamasa rules. Knowing what is expected from the very beginning will reduce the amount of problems and stress that you and your host family may experience.

  • Leave your room as you found it.

    While you are staying in a place that is different to your own home in your native country, your home stay accommodation is not a hotel with a 24 hour cleaning service included. Therefore, every day as you head out the front door, make sure that your room is in the same condition that you found it in when you first arrived.

  • Learn about the washing machine.

    Check with your family about when and how you should use the washing machine. It’s best to establish this so you don’t have any ‘little accidents’! Also keep in mind that your family may need to use the washing machine at specific times. Check when it’s OK to use the washing machine to avoid any clashes in schedule on this front.

  • Watch the phone bill.

    If you are going to call anyone who lives overseas, please do one of the following.
    a) Buy a pre-paid phone card.
    b) Make a collect call.
    c) Make contact using the free call option in messaging services such as Skype.
    Please be mindful that your host family will not be happy if you rack up an enormous phone bill.

  • Be careful handing out any third party information.

    Do not pass on any of your home stay family’s personal details (phone number, address, e-mail address etc.) to anyone without their prior approval.
    A lot of Japanese people have to provide their addresses and phone numbers when they apply for bank accounts, health insurance etc. If this information were to fall into the wrong hands, it could cause a lot of trouble (both financial and personal) for your host family.

  • Respect each other’s space.

    As you are arriving into a culture that is very different to your own, please be aware that how people interact with each other here in Japan is very different to what you might be used to.
    Whilst some Japanese people will agree to certain requests, this may not mean that they are happy to do so. Often their discontent may be expressed in a more indirect way than what is considered normal in other countries.
    For this reason, try to not be too much of a burden on your host family. Be respectful of their schedules. For example, asking your host father to drive you to and pick you up from a party just as he has come home from a long day at work could be something he that agrees to but it doesn’t necessarily mean that he is happy to do so. Try to put yourself in your host family’s shoes before you begin asking favours.

While the content listed above is a set of general guidelines, there are two basic rules that you will need to abide by:
1) You will need to provide your own lunch as this will not be provided in the home stay package.
2) You will be responsible for any public transport expenses incurred when getting to and from Yamasa. If your total expenses exceed ¥1000 per round trip (this is a trip to and from Yamasa from your home stay accomodation), we will make up any excess costs incurred.

Follow these basic guidelines and the likelihood of your home stay, as well as your studies at Yamasa, being both harmonious and productive will greatly increase.

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