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Host Family Responsibilities

Every other year, the City of Detroit seeks families who reside in Detroit to host a student or chaperone member from Toyota City, Japan for two weeks from mid-July to early August. Preference is given to Detroit families, however the City will consider families outside Detroit as host families.

The group from Toyota City will include eight high school students between the ages of 14 and 18 and two chaperones.

All members usually have fairly good skills in the English language. The student or chaperone
would live with a Detroit family to experience life in our city. The City places a Japanese
teenager with a family that has a child of the same sex and close to the same age. In addition,
chaperones can be placed with families that may or may not have children. As a part of the
selection process, the City will conduct background checks.

The City of Detroit will sponsor activities during the group’s visit, including trips to museums,
sporting events, Niagara Falls and a number of hands-on activities. These group activities are
scheduled for weekdays, leaving the weekends open for activities with host families. Adults or
youngsters from Detroit host families are welcome to attend some of these City-sponsored field

The host family will be responsible for providing lodging, meals (when the member is not involved with City-sponsored activities), and transportation to and from the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (formerly the City-County Building) for daily activities.

The relationship between Detroit and Toyota City, Japan began in 1960. The student exchange
program began in 1965. Detroit students visit Toyota one year, while students from Toyota visit
Detroit the following year. In addition, students from families who serve as hosts are given special
consideration when Detroit students are selected to go to Toyota City, Japan in 2015.

For additional information, please contact Rose Love at (313) 224-3757 or via e-mail at